The Bucs have brought in veteran kickers Ryan Succop and Cody Parkey as potential competition. The two have started the process of COVID-19 testing and should be able to work out Monday, with one or both signed Tuesday to compete with Matt Gay for the Bucs’ kicking job.
“Competition is going to breed success, and the potential of our team this year is super-high, and the kicking position is very important,” Gay said Sunday. “Obviously, they’re going to look for who they can feel confident going into the season with. If I come in and do my thing, do my part, I feel confident in myself (that if) I take care of what I’m doing, that’ll be me going into the season.”
Gay may have helped put himself ahead in the last three days as he hit both of his field goals in Friday’s scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium, but he’s facing even more competition for his job in the last week before NFL teams make their final cuts.
Fry lasted a total of five days on the Ravens. He effectively came in to give Justin Tucker the night off. Fry did kick a 48-yard field goal in the preseason finale against the Redskins. Fry may not have much trouble finding another landing spot, even with final cuts coming this weekend. Fry went three-of-four in field goal attempts in three games this preseason between the Ravens and Bears, with two kicks over 40 yards.
Head coach Matt Nagy announced on Sunday that the team has waived Elliott Fry off of their 90-man roster. Fry missed a field goal against the Giants on Friday night, but made the three other kicks he’s tried this offseason.
The move leaves Eddy Pineiro as the only kicker currently on hand, but Nagy made it clear that Fry’s departure doesn’t mean Pineiro will be the kicker against the Packers on September 5.
The story said the Bears tried to trade for Kaare Vedvik from the Ravens before he was sent to the Vikings, so the team is certainly keeping an eye on the kicking situation.