A very famous second-round bust and a fifth-round flopper stand out in a couple of the Bucs last five or six seasons: Both of them were kickers. It seems that Jason Licht cannot resist reaching for a kicker when there is an interesting one out there. On the contrary, most NFL teams sign their kickers as undrafted free agents; or they dip into the regular free agent market, or they sign a player as his contract expires with another, like Steve Zuerline, Dallas snatched him up from the Rams this past off-season. Succop is in his 12th season in the NFL. He played his first five in Kansas City with the Chiefs, and his last six were spent in Tennessee as a Titan. You don’t hang around for eleven years in this league if you have issues kicking the football. Just ask Matt Gay.
So far, so good
So far this season, Succop is 15-17 on field goals and 26-27 on extra points. He’s kicking 88.2 percent for the Bucs, a percentage the Bucs can live with. Mr. Succop was drafted as the last player chosen in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, becoming that draft’s Mr. Irrelevant. He’s been anything but that for us so far this season. So much so that Succop won special teams player of the week for his 4 field goal night against the Giants in week 8. He added an extra point in the game as well. So now The Bucs as a team have won offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the week all by the halfway point in the season, good stuff.
Hopefully, Licht is realizing the Bucs don’t always have to spend a draft pick when needing a kicker. The Succop success story in Tampa will hopefully continue, and He will be coming back next season. Wow, the same kicker for two years in a row. That’s just crazy talk!! Go Bucs