Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL kicker Ryan Succop

Bucs activate K Ryan Succop from COVID-19 list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated kicker Ryan Succop from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, one week before the defending champions open the season against the visiting Dallas Cowboys.

The Bucs also placed guard John Molchon (leg) on injured reserve, keeping the roster at the 53-man limit.

Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and offensive linemen Nick Leverett and Earl Watson remain on the COVID list.

Succop, who is vaccinated, landed on the list on Aug. 24 following a positive test for the coronavirus.

The 34-year-old signed a three-year, $12 million contract in March.

Succop made 28 of 31 field-goal attempts and 52 of 57 extra points during the 2020 regular season. He converted all nine field goals and 12 of 13 PATs in the postseason, including a 52-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

In 182 career games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-13), Tennessee Titans (2014-19) and Bucs, Succop has made 83.0 percent of his 318 field-goal tries and 96.3 percent of his 405 PATs.

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Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop (3) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers K Ryan Succop tests positive for COVID-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians confirmed.

Succop, who is vaccinated, will miss Saturday’s preseason finale against the host Houston Texans.

Arians said that Succop had attended an indoor dinner with friends from the Tennessee Titans. The Bucs and Titans held joint practices last week and met in preseason action on Saturday, with Tennessee winning 34-3.

Succop, 34, spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list last December in his first season with Tampa Bay.

In March, he signed a three-year, $12 million contract to return to the defending champions.

Succop made 28 of 31 field-goal attempts and 52 of 57 extra points during the 2020 regular season. He converted all nine field goals and 12 of 13 PATs in the postseason, including a 52-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

In 182 career games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-13), Titans (2014-19) and Bucs, Succop has made 83.0 percent of his 318 field-goal tries and 96.3 percent of his 405 PATs.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop (3) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Champion Buccaneers to bring back K Ryan Succop

The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will provide some continuity for their special teams, agreeing to a three-year contract with kicker Ryan Succop.

The deal for the 34-year old is worth $12 million, with $6.25 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported. The first two years will pay the South Carolina product $8.25 million.

The 12-year veteran, who was the last player chosen in the 2009 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, came to the Buccaneers last offseason on a one-year, $1.05 million deal. He ended up going 28 of 31 on field-goal attempts and 52 of 57 on extra-point attempts.

In four playoff games, Succop made all nine of his field goal attempts and 12 of his 13 extra point attempts. In the 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Chiefs in February, he made all four of his PATs and capped the scoring with a 52-yard field goal in the third quarter.

In 182 career games with the Chiefs, Tennessee Titans and Buccaneers, Succop has made 83.0 percent of his 318 field goal attempts and 96.3 percent of his 405 extra point attempts.

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Nov 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Dare Ogunbowale (44) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Bay 40-34. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs to release RB Ogunbowale, K Gay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ new additions reportedly have come at a cost for running back Dare Ogunbowale and kicker Matt Gay.

The Buccaneers are expected to release both players after adding running back Leonard Fournette and kicker Ryan Succop, the NFL Network reported Friday.

Ogunbowale, 26, rushed 11 times for 17 yards and two touchdowns and added 35 receptions for 286 yards in 16 games last season. He has spent the past two seasons as a core special teams player after playing in two games with the Washington Football Team in 2017.

Gay, 26, made 27 of 35 field-goal attempts — including 5 of 8 tries from 50-plus yards — last season. He also converted 43 of 48 extra-point tries.

Succop spent the last six seasons with the Tennessee Titans, converting 117 of 140 field-goal attempts (83.6 percent) and 178 of 188 extra-point tries (94.7 percent) in 86 games.

Succop, 33, has made 236 of 287 field-goal attempts (82.2 percent) and 338 of 348 extra-point tries (97.1 percent) in 166 career games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-13) and Titans (2014-19).

The addition of Fournette made for a crowded backfield in Tampa Bay.

Fournette had 2,631 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, Fournette amassed 1,152 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 265 carries in 15 games for Jacksonville. He added a career-high 76 receptions for 522 yards.

Ronald Jones and rookies Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais are also part of the backfield with the Buccaneers.

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Dec 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop (4) and punter Brett Kern (6) react after kicking for the extra point against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs sign Succop, waive fellow K Fry

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ kicking carousel took another turn on Tuesday morning.

The Buccaneers signed Ryan Succop and waived Elliott Fry. Succop was on the field with the team when practice began Tuesday.

Succop spent the last six seasons with the Tennessee Titans, converting 117 of 140 field-goal attempts (83.6 percent) and 178 of 188 extra-point tries (94.7 percent) in 86 games.

The 33-year-old Succop, who played his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas Chief Chiefs, is expected to challenge last season’s starter Matt Gay.

Succop has made 236 of 287 field-goal attempts (82.2 percent) and 338 of 348 extra-point tries (97.1 percent) in 166 career games with the Chiefs (2009-13) and Titans (2014-19).

Fry was let go after he misfired on a pair of kicks, including an extra point, during Friday’s scrimmage.

“We can’t miss extra points,” coach Bruce Arians said Sunday. “We can’t give away the easy points. Kicks inside the 30-yard line should be automatic.

“If you can hit a 56-yarder, that’s great. But when we drive the ball down to the 10 and miss a field goal, there’s nothing that tears a team more apart on offense than just, ‘Hey, we just took the ball down the field. We didn’t get any points.’ So, the ‘gimmes’ — who’s the most consistent? If you can do that and still kick 56, 57, now you’re All-Pro.”

Gay, 26, made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts — including 5 of 8 tries from 50-plus yards — last season. He also converted 43 of 48 extra-point tries.

Fry was part of a kicking competition with the Chicago Bears last summer before losing out to Eddy Pineiro.

–Field Level Media