Report: Lindell Wins Bucs’ Kicking JobAugust 31st, 2013
Joe trusts NFL insider Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, hence this is why Joe is running with Marvez’s report. Per the Miami-based writer and radio host for SiriusXM NFL Radio, Rian Lindell has bested Derek Dimke for the Bucs’ place kicker job.
Following his release by Buffalo earlier this month after 10 years there and 13 NFL seasons overall, Lindell was signed by the Buccaneers to press the untested Dimke during the preseason.
Lindell, 36, distanced himself from Dimke during Tampa Bay’s preseason finale against Washington. Dimke, a first-year player who hasn’t performed in a regular-season game, missed an extra point and 45-yard field goal attempt.
Lindell is the third kicking option for Tampa Bay since Connor Barth suffered a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury during a July charity basketball game. The first replacement was former New York Giant Lawrence Tynes, who later became sidelined by a MRSA staph infection that has landed him on the non-football injury list.
This is a bit surprising to Joe because in the locker room after the game against Washington, players were saying goodbye to Lindell. despite kicking a 50-yarder against the Skins. Apparently, the former Bills kicker was of the impression he wasn’t making the cut?
Say what you will about Lindell, but his kicking percentage in Buffalo, one of the toughest places for a place kicker, was pretty darned good. That gives Joe hope.