Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs seek more kicking competition

TAMPA — With Connor Barth out with an Achilles injury and Lawrence Tynes sidelined by a toe problem, K Derek Dimke has had the field to himself.

That is about to change.

Despite Dimke going 5-for-5 in two preseason games, Tampa Bay will audition kickers this week, coach Greg Schiano said Tuesday, though he wasn't specific about when.

But later Tuesday, Fox Sports reported that Tampa Bay scrapped the tryouts and signed 10-year veteran Rian Lindell, who was cut Monday by the Bills.

"Every team wants competition, and that's their job as an organization to bring in competition," said Dimke, 23, formerly of Illinois, who was signed in June as a free agent and has not played an NFL game.

"It doesn't matter who else is here," he added. "I'm going to kick the way that I can kick to the best of my abilities, and whoever else is here, that's the organization's decision."

Schiano acknowledged Dimke has done well, but said with the heavy work load "now his leg is getting tired as well."

Asked if that was the case, Dimke said "nope."

"As I've said all along," he said, "regardless of who's here, whether it's Connor, whether it's Tynes, whether it's another kicker, I'm going to kick the way I can kick. I'm going to kick when the coaches ask me to kick, and I'm going to do everything in my power to help this team."

ADDITION: With Da'Quan Bowers still a work in progress, the Bucs signed veteran DE Trevor Scott, and his first impression was good.

"He's got quick feet," DT Gerald McCoy said. "We did drill work on hand speed and he has real quick hands. I didn't see him much on pass rush, but from what I did see, he's pretty quick."

Scott, who turns 29 on Aug. 30, has 161/2 sacks in a five-year career, the first four of which were with the Raiders. A 2008 sixth-round pick by Oakland, the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder had three sacks in 14 games last season with the Patriots.

"Just a guy we wanted to take a look at, see if he could help us be better," Schiano said. "He's a good all-around player. We'll take a look at him to see how he fits, if he fits."

GOOD NEWS: Both CB Darrelle Revis (knee) and G Davin Joseph (knee) had second straight days of full work, Schiano said: "I'm excited about those two guys."

MORE INJURIES: Schiano had nothing new to add about the left foot infection that kept G Carl Nicks out of a second day of practice. "The medication has to run its course," Schiano said. … The coach also clarified Brian Leonard's situation, saying the running back, who has a hip strain, could have played Friday against the Patriots but was held out as a precaution and because the team wanted to look more closely at Mike James and Peyton Hillis. … With Erik Lorig in a walking boot and because Spencer Larsen "hasn't been full go," Schiano said it isn't out of the question he occasionally uses tight ends in the fullback spot. "We did want to work different tight ends in there, but that was going to be more of a strategic thing than a must have-to-do," he said. "So, yeah, that's not a great situation right now."

WHERE'S DEMPS?: Schiano did not say he was running out of patience with the absence of RB Jeff Demps, but he sure sounded that way when asked the status of the former Florida star who has been occupied with a busy international track schedule.

"Supposedly he's coming. I don't know," Schiano said, and added. "I don't worry about guys who aren't here. … When he gets here, if he can help us win, he'll be part of it. If he gets here and he can't help us win, he'll go back to run track."

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