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Bucs punter Anger 'randomly' tested after big punts

Bucs kicker Nick Folk and punter Bryan Anger walk off the field after the game-winning field goal as time expired. Anger, right, had a net average of 49.8 yards on his four punts Sunday.

WILL VRAGOVIC | TIMES

Bucs kicker Nick Folk and punter Bryan Anger walk off the field after the game-winning field goal as time expired. Anger, right, had a net average of 49.8 yards on his four punts Sunday.

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There's always some skepticism about just how random the NFL's random drug testing might be, and Bucs punter Bryan Anger, after averaging 49.8 yards in his net punting Sunday, was summoned for a drug test Tuesday.

"Can't hit a 62 yd bomb, then a 53 yd ball to the 3, hold game winner, net 50 on the day, & not have @nflcommish 'randomly' come 4 that urine," wrote former Colts punter Pat McAfee, now with Barstool Sports, who's had similar testing in the past, posting a photo on Twitter of the notice Anger received of his test.

Anger, 28, set Bucs team records last year for punting, net punting and punts inside the 20, and he had a strong game Sunday to help the Bucs establish an edge in field position. His first punt bounced inside the 5-yard line, with special-teams player Ryan Smith leaping into the end zone and tossing the ball out, where special-teams captain Josh Robinson downed it at the 3. Anger also had a 62-yard punt in the second quarter to pin the Giants at their 11.

That was in contrast to Giants punter Brad Wing, who in the fourth quarter had a 15-yard punt, setting up a short field for the Bucs as they retook the lead with a touchdown.

Anger was rewarded in the offseason with a five-year, $17-million contract.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 2:59pm]

    

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