The Buccaneers released Catanzaro on Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The Bucs reached their breaking point with Catanzaro following Sunday's 16-3 loss to the Redskins. If his two missed field goals had instead gone through the uprights, the offense would have been in a position for a fourth-quarter comeback. Catanzaro ends his time in Tampa Bay 11-for-15 on field-goal attempts and 23-for-27 on point-after tries. The Buccaneers haven't pegged a replacement, but Cairo Santos and Sam Ficken both worked out for the team within the last month.
The veteran kicker's misses were part of a continually deflating afternoon for the Bucs offense. Catanzaro's 30-yard misfire was particularly noteworthy for both its short distance and the fact it squandered a 13-play, 63-yard march that consumed 6:37 off the clock in the late first quarter and early second. Catanzaro has now hit just 73.3 percent of his field-goal attempts, and he's 0-for-3 from a 40-49-yard distance. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports that the Bucs worked out both Cairo Santos and Sam Ficken three weeks ago, and one of them could well be on speed dial following Catanzaro's performance.
Catanzaro's scoring opportunities were capped, but he at least was perfect on his point-after attempts for the fourth time this season. The veteran kicker sports 83.3 - and 85.2-percent success rates on field goals and extra points, respectively, and he should continue drawing plenty of chances to rack up fantasy production given the Buccaneers' typically prolific offense.
Catanzaro missed an extra point for the third straight game following DeSean Jackson's 60-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. He did make up for it with a perfect showing on field goals, however, pushing his success rate in that category to 83.3 percent (10-for-12). Given the prolific nature of the Bucs offense irrespective of which quarterback is under center, Catanzaro should continue seeing plenty of scoring opportunities.
Catanzaro nailed field-goal attempts of 38 and 59 yards -- the latter a game-winning kick in overtime -- and missed a 40-yard try wide right as time expired in regulation during the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday. He also made two of three extra-point attempts.
Catanzaro ultimately went from goat to hero in the overtime win, atoning for a 40-yard miss that would have prevented overtime by drilling a much more difficult 59-yard try with 1:50 remaining in the extra period to seal the win. Catanzaro's successful kick was the longest ever in overtime in NFL history. The fifth-year veteran has an 80.0 percent success rate on field goals through his first 10 attempts in a Bucs uniform, although the two misses have been from the normally manageable 40-49-yard range. Catanzaro should have a fair share of scoring opportunities once again when the Bucs take on the Bengals in a Week 8 home tilt.
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|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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|2017||New York Jets||16||1-1||6-6||4-4||12-17||2-2||25-30||57||1||83.3||29-29||29||100.0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||0-0||3-3||7-8||0-3||1-1||11-15||59||0||73.3||23-27||23||85.2|
|2017||New York Jets||16||71||61.3||45||22||20.7||0||4||1|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||49||63.7||39||10||21.7||0||0||0|
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|2017||New York Jets||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||---|
|2017||New York Jets||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|