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Bucs say increased competition will be behind their offseason acquisitions



It’s not exactly a move that will sway 2013 Super Bowl predictions, but the Bucs have made a minor transaction, signing former Eagles and University of Florida punter Chas Henry to a contract.

Henry was not on an NFL roster at the end of the 2012 season, making him eligible to sign with a club before the free-agent signing period begins on March 12.

Henry made the Eagles’ roster as a rookie in 2011, serving as their punter that season and averaging 44 yards per attempt in his time with Philadelphia.

That’s not as good as the Bucs’ returning punter, Michael Koenen, who averaged 45.3 yards per kick last season.

While Henry isn’t likely to beat out Koenen, who also handles kickoffs, pay particular attention to all acquisitions the Bucs make this offseason – even those that seem routine.

General manager Mark Dominik will tell anyone willing to listen that the team seeks legitimate competition at every position – yes, even at punter. And today’s move can be construed as part of that roster-wide effort Dominik has spoken of.

Possible added competition for quarterback Josh Freeman has dominated much conversation so far this offseason, but that kind of thing could be repeated throughout the roster in the coming months if Dominik is to be believed.

Henry probably won’t beat out Koenen, but the Bucs claim they’re not afraid to give him a shot to do exactly that.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:15pm]


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