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With eye on Koenen, Bucs sign punter to practice squad

Published Nov. 13, 2014

With punter Michael Koenen ranking last in the league in punting average and net punting, the Bucs have brought in some competition, signing punter Jacob Schum to the practice squad after a workout Thursday at One Buc Place.

Schum, who played collegiately at Buffalo, was on the Bucs' roster from January to late May, then spent the preseason with the Jets before being cut. The Bucs signed him the same day they signed current starting place-kicker Patrick Murray.

Schum had a modest average of 39.0 yards as a senior at Buffalo in 2011, but had just one touchback in 61 punts.

Koenen, whose average has dropped this season as the Bucs shift their priority to limiting opponents' returns, is making $3.2-million this season as one of the league's highest-paid punters. By having Schum on the practice squad, Bucs coaches can evaluate and compare the two punters head-to-head in practice in coming weeks.

While no move was announced to open a spot on the 10-man practice squad, that opening could be related to linebacker Jeremy Grable, who was signed to the practice squad Wednesday, injuring his right foot -- he was in a boot and on crutches in the locker room Thursday.

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