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Bucs bring back Jake Schum as 3rd punter

The Bucs' ongoing search for a challenge to veteran punter Michael Koenen continued Wednesday, as the team has signed punter Jake Schum, who had two stints with the team last year without playing in any games.

To make room for Schum, the Bucs released undrafted rookie safety Derrick Wells, who did not play in Monday's preseason win against the Bengals. For now, they are carrying three punters, with Karl Schmitz as the other challenger to Koenen.

Schum was with the Bucs from January to May 2014, then back for three days on the practice squad in November. He was waived by the Jets last week after playing in one preseason game, with an impressive 51.3-yard average on four punts, as well as a 41.8-yard net average.

The Bucs could carry three punters for Saturday's home game against the Browns, or could release one after what is essentially an extended tryout in practice over the next three days. NFL teams must begin the paring of their rosters but cutting 15 players to get down to 75 total on Tuesday.

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