Bucs Claim A Kicker Off Waivers

May 1st, 2020

Let the games begin!

Kicking has been an adventure at One Buc Palace for several years.

Perhaps more like a circus act or a Howl-O-Scream room at Busch Gardens.

Second-year kicker Matt Gay kept the party going last season after a strong start. He finished by missing five of his final nine field goals.

Today the Bucs won their waiver claim of kicker Elliott Fry, per NFL Network. The Panthers signed him after last season already decided to move in.

Fry was an AAF star, going 14-for-14 with the defunct league last year, per ProFootballTalk.com. Undrafted out of the University of South Carolina in 2017, 25-year-old Fry also spent time with the Bears and Ravens but has yet to kick during the regular season.

Competition should always be a good thing. And given how the Bucs are in serious win-immediately mode, Joe suspects this will be a legitimate competition between Fry and Gay.

51 Responses to “Bucs Claim A Kicker Off Waivers”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    14-14…….not bad…….we’ll see…..but I agree, competition is particularly good for kickers…..

  2. ©MadMax Says:

    Will he Fry Gay or will it be a Gay Fry? I dont even want to know…not enough tequila in the world!! hahaha

  3. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Ha Ha, good one MadMax!

  4. D-Rome Says:


    Enough of this idea that certain players should be given opportunities based on where they were drafted. I hope the best kicker makes the team even if that means cutting Matt Gay.

  5. TheBradyBunch Says:

    The dude missed all three very makeable field goals in a meaningless final game last season. Honestly there is no way I want that guy attempting field goals in the playoffs next year. He personally lost them two games last year and very well could do it again, if not more during prime time games and pressure packed games when the playoffs will be on the line.

  6. Youngbucs Says:

    Anybody can get replaced that’s how you build a team!!!!

  7. Youngbucs Says:

    Best 53 !!!!

  8. Todd Says:


  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Our new GM Brady will make the decision.

  10. Dano Says:

    Thank God! I was wondering what they were doing about the kicker situation.

  11. Afo Says:

    Good job BA on bringing more competition for Gay

  12. Ndog Says:

    But but but the kicker wasn’t a problem last year? I thought the great one was going to magicallay everyone better just by breathing?

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    He did well with the Apollos.

  14. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Good camp competition.

    Wonder what will happen.

  15. westernbuc Says:

    If that’s the case then we wasted two draft picks on kickers lol

  16. Dom>Licht Says:

    Kicker off waivers will probably make more than Winston’s worthless ass this year.

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    Ndog 😭😭😭we don’t care if they replace the kicker. Just like we don’t care the replaced you’re bromance. Best 53 go Bucs

  18. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Hey Ndog can you also tell your boy Jameis1of1 that dude trust me isn’t a source.

  19. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Who am I kidding Ndog aka Jameis1of1 dude trust me isn’t a source.

  20. AlstottAlldayNda20 Says:

    I have a bit of a theory with our kicking problem. Well more like a curse it seems the Bucs team has had for field goals since Lawrence Tynes was our kicker. Oh, wait! That never happened because of MRSA and if I’m not mistaken his wife particularly showed displeasure for”our buc life” and how the organization handled things with him particularly. So, I feel the problem has been “The MRSA Curse”!

  21. Bradybru Says:

    OMG Ndog really, you need to stop being bitter cause your boyfriend is gone. Do you remember history of this team with kickers? We could always use a good kicker. Let it all work, if you can’t take it then don’t watch all the good stuff happening for the Bucs.

  22. Tampabuscsbro Says:



  23. Buc4evr Says:

    Gostkowski is a proven winner, hopefully if he can pass the physical the Bucs will give him a chance. Fry isn’t competition, we need a proven veteran that doesn’t get the yips like Gay.

  24. Im Ndog 1 of 0 Says:

    Who cares about the bucs

    I care about jameis . The sexiest man alive

  25. Youngbucs Says:

    I’m i missing something?
    Decision making not consistent with football intelligence.
    Will throw into impossible windows rather than taking the safe throw underneath. Elongated windup and release allows instinctive defenders to close on throws. Was to easily baited into dangerous throws. Struggled with intermediate passing game in 2014👀, completing 56.8 percent of his passes with fbs-leading 11 interceptions in that range. Still learning the nuances of the position and how to move and hold defenders with his eyes. Would sleepwalk through the first half of many games. Inconsistent footwork and weight transfer caused balls to sail. Prone to emotional outburst on the field 👀. Quality of decision making drops off substantially when pocket becomes turbulent and he’s forced to leave it. Lacks athleticism to extend plays for very long outside the pocket. Off-the-field character and ability to lead on the nfl level are his primary obstacles, according to nfl evaluators.

    Wow all the way up to the prone to emotional outburst on the field we saw that 2-3 times also again did I miss something?

    5 years in this scouting report holds true at least 98%. I think he’s more athletic than given credit for that’s it.

  26. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Nobody else has two,kickers with 3 letter last names.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    NDog with his daily reminder of thing that nobody never said ever.

    Personally I like a kicker with a name you can’t say or spell. These three letter last names are a bad omen if ya ask me.

    But O do like the 14-14 stat. If was only AAF but that’s still a lot of pressure to make your kicks.

  28. catcard202 Says:

    Should look at Austin MacGinnis…. Was lights out for AAF Dallas Renegades. (Leg for 60)

  29. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    I get that Gay has a big leg, has overcome a lot mentally and is a Licht draft pick. Having said that…I simply don’t trust him in a big moment. I certainly wouldn’t trust him in a potential pressure packed playoff scenario. Gostkowski lurks and could perhaps be the 3rd leg of the former Patriot stool. Perhaps Frye is the answer. We shall see…

  30. Dewey Selmon Says:

    You’re only as good as your last game. And Gay sucked big time.

  31. kyle Says:


  32. bucshot Says:

    Ndog…….I new here……what the problem? Need meds?

  33. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wow, Joe! Thank you for linking to his rotoworld!

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not serious competition though.

  35. Ivan The Insider Says:


  36. Jason Mclaurin Says:

    Not a good signing for competition honestly. I feel they should seek a strong leg that can make kicks against the wind in RayJay. Ultimately I think Gay will get better from this. The competition honestly will increase his focus on extra point and FG inside the 35 yard line. We need to improve our blocking on special teams as well for our kickers. Another guard and tackle would do it. I hope Bailey and Molochon make it onto the roster to add to Haeg and Cappa who I think could be the two tackles on FG and punts. That would complete our depth. Then we could work on a quality practice squad in the event of injury or underperforming. We could use two more quality backup offensive lineman to complete the depth. Would be a good combo during the games as well

  37. Bradybru Says:

    Bucshot that’s funny.

  38. bucshot Says:

    Bradybru i not trying to be funny….
    Ndog and company have no idea the magic they are about to feel….your a winner now with the cast you have…..do you Tompa Bay feel it!

  39. Bradybru Says:

    Yeah baby! Bucshot maybe we they didn’t hear us but they will very soon. Good things are coming for Tompa Bay.

  40. Swampbuc Says:

    Gay did not have a strong start. He missed a bunch of extra points and most critically the botched whif after Jameis to Evans in the Giants game. At least he finished the season with a complete choke against the Falcolns. The dude is garbage. He cost the Bucs 2 games single handedly and if he makes the FG before halftime against the Seahawks the Bucs are 10-6. Eff off, Gay kicker.

  41. Bucsfanman Says:

    EVERYONE can be replaced. Good football teams don’t “gift” positions. I was wondering when they were going to bring in a kicker.

  42. Stanglassman Says:

    Fry was the kicker I was wanting to draft in 2017 when they picked Aguayo. Aguayo lost his swing and slumped his senior year while Fry has a much simpler stroke and was just the best kicker coming out that year. Truth be told all the kickers knew it. Fry is solid, I like Gay’s booming leg but he’s been shaky at home especially on that one end.

  43. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let the competition begin!!!

  44. ClodHopper Says:

    Don’t forget how many times a kicker saved the Patriots ass during their dynasty. From the very beginning with the tuck rule game in 2001. Brady might not be considered the goat without Vinatieri and Gostkowski.

  45. TOM Says:

    Bringing in one kicker is not good copetition. I would also like to see Gostkowski if he’s physically ok for some really good competition. I’ll take accuracy from inside the 50 over a stronger leg anyday

  46. Stanglassman Says:

    Unfortunately both those guys are no longer any good. Gostkowski has been bad for awhile now and Adam was limited his length to inside 35 and toward the end of last season wasn’t even consistent there. Both were clutch great kickers in there day.
    For those who claim Fry isn’t serious competition you are wrong. The only way you maybe correct is if the coaches make it not serious.

  47. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    opening day kicker will be steven gostkowski

  48. Pewter Says:

    Three games last year. That’s what the second wasted draft pick cost us last year. 4 safeties in 4 years and two kickers in that same span. That’s the Kind of stuff that keeps you from properly filling roster holes (assuming the man could draft a quality player)

  49. Rod Munch Says:

    When the kicker loses you two games and at no point in their life have they ever hit a game winning FG, you should bring in some competition – at worst it’s an extra leg in camp. With that said I think Gay will be just fine, but if he loses us two more games this year, I have a feeling people are going to blame him and not the QB.

  50. ItzOK Says:

    A least we didn’t draft one. However the Bucs kicker cost them 2 games last year by himself. They better upgrade or he will cost us more in 2020

  51. Buc4evr Says:

    I just want a kicker that can at least make all the extra points. I cringe everytime Gay lines up for an extra point. The guy is a head case. After the Atlanta game last year, he needs to follow Jameis straight out of town.