The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did everything they could on Thursday night to beat the New England Patriots, ultimately losing the game 19-14. Well, not everything they could do - because they could not convert a field goal. Or another field goal. Or another.
Kicker Nick Folk missed all three attempts at three points during the game - and badly missed them.
Now, it appears, the Buccaneers, who changed to Folk in training camp after releasing 2016 second-round draft pick Robert Aguayo, are considering another kicker change. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tampa Bay is expected to work out several kickers in the near future. While exact timing of the workouts, and any decision on Folk’s status with the team, is not yet known, a couple of the names of kickers expected to meet with the Buccaneers have been reported, including former Miami Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks.
The Dolphins moved on from Franks at the start of the regular season when they claimed Cody Parkey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. A 2014 Pro Bowl selection, then playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, Parkey is 4-for-4 on field goals this season for the Dolphins, including a long of 54 yards.
Franks spent two years with the Dolphins, connecting on 78.4 percent of his field goal attempts. He has a career long of 55 yards, and appeared to be set to make the Dolphins for a third season before the surprise claim of Parkey. There was no training camp competition for Franks during the summer.
Rapoport also indicated Mike Nugent is on the radar for a workout with the Buccaneers.
Another former Dolphins kicker could also be in consideration, though it has not been reported as of yet. Dan Carpenter spent five years as Miami’s placekicker before a moving to the Buffalo Bills in 2013, playing with them through last year. He is currently a free agent, with a career field goal percentage of 84.0 percent.
The Dolphins will face the Buccaneers in Week 11, and it could be with another former Dolphins player on the Tampa Bay roster.