It wasn't exactly the Bucs debut that kicker Mike Nugent had envisioned. Nugent, who signed a $2.5 million free agent deal in the offseason, missed a 46-yard field goal wide right Sunday and had a 38-yard attempt blocked (the first Bucs blocked kick since Dec. 4, 2005). It was Nugent's first regular-season game with the Bucs since replacing Matt Bryant, who became the franchise's most accurate kicker the past four seasons before getting cut after an injury-plagued camp. Nugent said there were some positive signs with special teams, including the kickoff coverage, but was disappointed on not cashing in on the two field-goal attempts.
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On his tough day:
"Everything didn't go the way I wanted them to. The best thing you can do is just learn from it and not let this affect you for the rest of the year, just learn from it and move on to next week."
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On the blocked 38-yard attempt in the first quarter:
"I can't really answer until I see it on film. It's one of those situations where I don't know what my exact time was. I had my head down and couldn't really see. ... Every opportunity you get, you have to take full advantage of it."
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On the missed 46-yard attempt:
"Everything was perfect. My timing was perfect. ... I just tried to guide it through. It's like pitching - when you try to throw a strike, it's not going to be a strike. I think I just tried to put it through instead of just hitting it like I always do."
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On bouncing back:
"Monday is a good day to get the kinks out, watch everything on film. You focus on the things you did wrong and move on to the next one."