It appears Bucs kicking job wide open
When kicker Connor Barth had to undergo season-ending Achilles surgery this summer, the Bucs felt fortunate they could bring in a veteran like Lawrence Tynes in at the last-minute.
Tynes, 35, after all, has two Super Bowl rings, and made two overtime game-winning kicks in a conference championship games.
But coach Greg Schiano has made it clear that Tynes will be judged on the present - not the past. And Tynes being hampered by a toe injury is not helping his case.
Tynes, who missed Saturday's practice due to what Schiano called an ingrown toenail, returned Monday but missed a couple field goals before taking a step back. That has given Derek Dimke, 23, who has looked good in camp, and opportunity, even though he's never kicked in an NFL game.
"When we started this competition, Tynes was in front because he was the veteran," Schiano said. "But I've never coached either one of them. Where are we today? This isn't a book about what's happened in the past, this is about the Bucs in 2013, and where are we today? That's what we've got to look at. The competition is good, the injury has definitely set Lawrence back, so we've got to get him feeling well before we can make a fair judgment."