A year ago, the Buccaneers signed punter Bryan Anger in free agency, and that move went so well that Anger got a new multi-year deal at the end of the 2016 season. Tampa Bay was eager to stay with the status quo (which also meant re-signing Robinson, the gunner extraordinaire) after improving from 27th in the league in net punting average in 2015 to third in 2016.
Pictures of the Buccaneers' specialists.
On the other hand, there's no guarantee of maintaining the status quo at the other two specialist spots. Long-snapper Andrew DePaola, who handled the job so well the previous three seasons, suffered a knee injury in the season finale and became a free agent on March 9. The team has since added two potential candidates for the job, both of them coincidentally former Florida State players. Dax Dellenbach, signed to a futures contract in February, is still looking for his first regular-season opportunity in the NFL. Garrison Sanborn, just added last week after he was released by Buffalo, has been the Bills' long-snapper for every game of the past eight seasons.
The Buccaneers also have two kickers on the roster after signing former New York Jet Nick Folk last Saturday. Folk will compete with second-year player Roberto Aguayo, a second-round pick out of Florida State a year ago. Aguayo had an up-and-down season as a rookie and will need to improve his consistency to win the job again. Folk has played 10 seasons in the NFL, with a career 81.3% success rate on 294 field goal attempts.
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