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Bryan Anger wins punting job as Bucs release Schum



The Bucs have chosen a winner in their preseason battle at punter, with free agent Bryan Anger winning the job as Tampa Bay released former starter Jake Schum on Sunday morning as part of their initial cuts.

Anger, a former third-round pick with the Jaguars who was signed to a one-year contract, had better numbers in preseason as the team rotated duties between the two punters. Anger averaged 48.7 yards on his punts, while Schum averaged 41.0; Anger had a net average of 44.1 yards, while Schum had 39.5. Schum had been better in getting punts inside the 20, with four such punts to two for Anger.

The two had also rotated working as holder on kicks, which some had thought could be part of rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo's struggles early in preseason. But in Friday's win against the Browns, Anger held on five of Aguayo's six kicks, foreshadowing Sunday's move.

The Bucs need to cut 14 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday to meet the initial cutdown of 75 players, with final cuts to 53 next weekend.

UPDATES: The Bucs have cut running back Storm Johnson, who was competing for the No. 3 RB job but had a fumble in Friday's win. With Johnson gone, the Bucs now have veteran Mike James and rookies Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough competing for the final spot behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

The Bucs have also waived two defensive backs who were late additions to the roster in rookie cornerback Daniel Davie and safety Kimario McFadden. Neither had gotten significant snaps on defense in the last two preseason games, pointing toward their release.

Tampa Bay also released former Gators tight end Tevin Westbrook on Sunday morning, according to his agent.

With those five moves, the Bucs are at 84 players, so nine more moves coming before Tuesday afternoon.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:47am]


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