Anger pleased to have Bucs' punting job, seeking consistency
With Sunday's news that the Bucs had waived Jake Schum, newcomer Bryan Anger has won the punting job for 2016 after putting up a clear statistical advantage in three preseason games.
"I've been hitting the ball well the last few weeks," Anger said Monday. "The whole preseason is a process building up to Week 1. I feel like I'm at a good point right now, consistency-wise, and I have one more game (before) Atlanta so I feel like I'm at a good spot and ready to go."
Anger averaged 48.7 yards on his punts, while Schum averaged 41.0, and Anger had a higher net average (44.1) than Schum (39.5) as well. Anger said the competition of going up against Schum -- last year's Bucs starter -- helped push him since the start of training camp.
"Jake has a really good leg, one of the biggest I've ever seen personally," he said. "It's tough at our position to constantly have self-motivation. You really have to hold yourself accountable to do the little things and build consistency with yourself. To have somebody pushing you the whole time, it definitely made me a better punter having him here. I'm hoping for the best for him."
Anger, who served as holder on five of rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo's kicks in Friday's win against the Browns, said he's looking forward to the continuity of holding on every kick, as opposed to rotating with Schum as he had before Friday's game.