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Bucs Quarterly Report: The biggest disappointment

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk (2) walks off the field after missing a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk (2) walks off the field after missing a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Oct. 9, 2017

With the Bucs 2-2 through the first quarter of their season, we asked the Times' coverage team for their biggest disappointment so far. Their responses:

Greg Auman, @gregauman: It has to be Nick Folk. Missing six kicks in two weeks brings back the same cloud of uncertainty the Bucs had with Roberto Aguayo. And there aren't obvious answers available in October.

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: The kicking carousel continues. Connor Barth was the last kicker to play for the Bucs in consecutive seasons (2011 and 2012).

Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: The Island of Misfit Kickers is one thing, but DeSean Jackson has yet to deliver, maybe because Jameis Winston can't get it to him deep down the field, or maybe Jackson hasn't stepped up and in yet. Maybe the fourth quarter against New England was a jump start.

Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you: Losing to the Patriots in national showcase. You need those wins to change the team culture. Being 2-2 is okay, but how they got to 2-2 leaves a lot to be desired.

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: Winston still is struggling with accuracy and consistency. He should be better in year three.

Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: The place-kicking game is a disaster. The lack of confidence and execution at that vital position already has cost the Bucs one game and should have cost them two.