Bucs expected to work out several kickers on Monday

Nick Folk against NE Patriots

The Buccaneers' kicking saga has a new chapter, but with a familiar face - Patrick Murray, who was with the Bucs in 2014 and was most recently with Cleveland Browns in 2016. The Bucs invited Murray, Josh Lambo (former Chargers kicker), Marshall Koehn (former Iowa kicker), Cairo Santos (former Chiefs kicker), Andrew Franks (former Dolphins kicker) and Mike Nugent (veteran National Football League kicker) to Tampa Bay on Monday for workouts. Folk was placed on injured reserve with a minor injury classification but will have to be released by the Bucs once he is healthy.

This will be Murray's second stint with the Bucs (2-2). The tipping point was Folk's performance against the Patriots; his kicks would have been the difference-maker.

Murray has a career field-goal percentage of 80.8, which is a lot higher than what Folk has given the Bucs this year.

Folk's recent struggles, coupled with second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo's misses a year ago, prompted the Bucs to take swift action.


The move comes after Folk missed three field goals in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

The former Dallas and New York Jets kicker began the season by going 4 for 4 on field goals against the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

Murray was with the Bucs in 2014 and was 20-for-24 on field goals and flawless on 31 extra points. He's only played in two games since then because of a torn ACL. Folk was brought in to replace Aguayo, who finished an ugly 22 of 31 during his rookie season in 2016.

The Buccaneers also signed defensive end Patrick O'Connor to the practice squad.

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