Off The Scrap Heap, Barth Nails A Trifecta

November 15th, 2009

Make one 50-yarder in a game and maybe it’s luck.

Make two, that’s top notch.

Make three, and you’ve got serious Pro Bowl potential in the NFL.

Matt Bryant never would have nailed the three field goals from 50+ yards that new Bucs kicker Connor Barth drilled today. Mike Nugent would have missed them all, and Shane Andrus would have come up well short if they actually trotted him out on the field to kick.

A 23-year-old undrafted free agent signed a couple of weeks ago after the Dolphins cut him in the preseason, Barth is making Mark Dominik and Raheem The Dream look like they found the Bucs their kicker for the now and the future. 

He was 10-of-12 last year with Kansas City.

Part of the equation in successfully building around Josh Freeman is a strong kicking game, to help the kid feel like he doesn’t have the whole team on his back and to keep games closer so he’s not thrust into too many pass-only situations.

Joe’s feeling like the Bucs really have something good here with Barth.

5 Responses to “Off The Scrap Heap, Barth Nails A Trifecta”

  1. Mark Says:

    I was totally surprised by barth’s leg strength today, it was nice to see

  2. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Gotta say this team knows how to find gems in the undrafted and late rounds of the draft. Keep up the good work. Gooo Bucs!!

  3. aldo Says:

    maybe free agency was bad for us, but draft was solid and this guy was nice too!!

  4. FlBoy84 Says:

    I know the kicking game has been like something out of the twilight zone for most of this year, but can we give the kid the final 7 games to prove himself before we crown him the next Martin Gramatica. Having said that, I was really impressed with his leg on both kickoffs & FG’s, hope he keeps it up.

  5. McSiD Says:

    He looked really good let’s hope he is consistant. A good young QB and a good young kicker could really help us go a long way in the future.