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Bucs sign Patrick Murray and place Nick Folk on IR

10 October, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Patriots safety Devin Mc Courty breaks up a potential Bucaneers touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate during Thursday night's New England win. “We didn’t play perfect,” Mc Courty said after the game. “But that’s the thing. We don’t have

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Patrick Murray to a contract and placed fellow kicker Nick Folk on injured reserve with a minor injury classification, the team announced Monday.

In the end, Tampa Bay chose to go with Murray, who actually kicked for the Buccaneers in 2014. Patrick Murray, formerly with the Buccaneers in 2014 before a knee injury, was one of several kickers trying out at One Buccaneer Place on Monday. Adam Schefter reported Murray will be the Bucs' kicker Sunday against the Cardinals.

Murray is 85.7 percent in his career on field goals from 40 or more yards, which was an area of struggle for the Bucs with Aguayo. Murray appeared in two games for the Cleveland Browns before going on injured reserve in 2016 and was cut by the New Orleans Saints in training camp this summer.

After Folk's poor performance against the Patriots, neither the kicker nor coach Dirk Koetter gave any indication that the 11th-year pro might be injured.

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Folk was anticipated to be a better solution in the kicking game after the Bucs waived 2016 second-round choice Roberto Aguayo before the regular season due to his well-documented kicking woes. He was also a ideal 31 of 31 on extra points.

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.

During his time in the NFL, Murray has played in 18 games, making 21-of-26 field goal attempts and has gone 34-of-35 on extra points attempts.

During Murray's tenure in Tampa Bay, he went 20-of-24 on field goals and 31-of-31 on extra point attempts in 2014.

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