Bucs' new Aussie punter ready for debut
It's been a whirlwind week for the Bucs new punter, Australian Chris Bryan.
Bryan, 28, has only been in the country since March, as he was trying to earn a spot with the Green Bay Packers after spending five seasons with two Australian clubs.
Bryan, waived by the Packers after the preseason, was at a Green Bay area hotel ready on Sunday to sign a contract to be on its practice squad when he got the news about Tampa Bay. The Bucs waived rookie sixth-round pick Brent Bowden and signed Bryan.
"I pressed the button on the elevator to sign it," Bryan said. "Then, my wife (Lauren) rings, said, 'Don't sign.' The next minute, I'm on a plane down to Tampa. It's been quite a crazy three days."
Bryan thought he had a good chance to land with Green Bay, but lost in a competition with punter Tim Masthay.
"It came a bit of a shock when Green Bay cut me," Bryan said. "I was pretty confident I was going to get the job there. I had done a lot of work, still feel like I've got a lot of improvement to go. I've only been here in the country since March. But I never thought I'd give up."
Bryan, who says he'll be the holder for kicker Connor Barth, says there's still a lot he needs to learn about the NFL, but plans to keep it simple, and is excited for his debut.
"I don't know too much about the game," he said. "All I know is I've got to catch the snap, kick it in a certain amount of time with hang time, and that's my job."
-- JOE SMITH