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September 15, 2020 06:00 PM
Matt Gay: Signs with Colts' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay signed with the Colts' practice squad Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Gay spent the 2019 season with the Buccaneers and hit 77 percent of his field goals, but he lost the job to Ryan Succop to begin the season. This looks to be the start of a kicker competition in Indianapolis, as rookie Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 30-yard field goal in Week 1.

September 15, 2020 06:00 PM
Matt Gay: Has tryout with Colts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay had a tryout with the Colts on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Gay was waived by the Buccaneers after he lost out on a kicking competition to Ryan Succop at the close of training camp. With plenty of turnover in kicking games around the league, he should be able to land a new job at some point this season.

September 4, 2020 05:44 PM
Matt Gay: Loses out to Succop
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers will waive Gay, Kevin Patra of reports.

It looked like Gay would have the opportunity to kick behind the Bucs' re-tooled offense, but instead the team will turn to the recently signed Ryan Succop. Gay will now look to catch on elsewhere, with NFL teams in the midst of cutdowns in the coming days.

August 31, 2020 11:48 AM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: New competition on way
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay, who made 35- and 46-yard field goals during the Buccaneers' scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, is nevertheless expected to get new competition this week in the form of veterans Ryan Succop and Cody Parkey, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

If the second-year kicker ultimately wins the job coming out of camp, he'll certainly have earned it, as it appears Gay will have to fend off three players overall for a roster spot. Coach Bruce Arians emphasized Sunday that he's "looking for consistency on the gimmes," citing a zero-tolerance policy for any missed extra points or field-goal tries from inside the 30-yard line. Gay notably struggled on several occasions during his rookie campaign with kicks in that range, and Scott Smith of the team's official site reports the 26-year-old focused on shortening his overall kicking motion during the offseason and is receptive to having to fight his way to a spot on the team. "Competition is the baseline of the NFL," he said. "Everybody's fighting for a job, and if you don't perform, someone's right there ready behind you, ready to take your spot. It's no news to me that guys are in here competing for a shot and they're going to bring competition in. Competition is going to breed success, and I think the potential of our team this year is super-high, and I think the kicking position is very important."

August 27, 2020 02:40 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Remains locked in tight battle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay remains in a heated competition with Elliott Fry for the placekicker job, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "I think the competition is close -- I think it's real close," said Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong. "I think with Matt, the thing I learned is he's got to learn to be consistent. That's what we're looking for and that's hard to do. That's what wins and he's got to learn to be consistent."

Armstrong's focus on the theme isn't coincidental, as Gay managed to prompt just enough doubt in the minds of the coaching staff during his rookie season by sometimes making what should have been easier kicks more difficult. Gay either missed or had five of his last eight field-goal attempts of the season blocked, and two of his seven misses overall on the campaign came from the very manageable distance of 34 yards. Gay was also just 43-for-48 on extra-point tries, so he's focusing on treating every kick attempt with equal focus in his heated camp battle with Fry, who's also demonstrated plenty of accuracy and leg strength thus far. With no preseason games this summer, the two kickers' only chance to show what they can do in game action ahead of the regular season will come in two intrasquad scrimmages, the first unfolding Friday.

August 19, 2020 02:56 AM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Perfect in practice Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay, who is battling Elliott Fry for the placekicking job, was perfect on all of his attempts in Tuesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

The Buccaneers opted to bring in some competition for their second-year kicker after his rough finish to the 2019 campaign, one which saw five of his last eight field-goal attempts either miss their mark or get blocked. Gay had put together an impressive rookie campaign prior to that late-season downturn, however, so he should still have a leg up on Fry, who's yet to kick in an NFL regular-season game. Nevertheless, he may be in for a spirited job battle, considering the latter was also flawless in his kicks Tuesday.

January 1, 2020 08:12 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Disastrous finish to season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay missed all three of his field-goal attempts (49, 44 and 34 yards) and made both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He finished the 2019 season with a 77.1 percent success rate on field goals (27-for-35) and a 43-for-48 tally on extra points.

Gay's final numbers were sullied by his clunker of a regular-season finale, but the rookie was otherwise very impressive during his first pro season. Gay's misfires were spread evenly across distance, as he missed two attempts from 30 to 39 yards, another three from 40 to 49 yards, and three more from 50 yards and beyond. The 2019 fifth-round pick will look to sharpen his technique over the offseason, but barring a complete training camp/preseason meltdown next summer, he should be the Buccaneers' placekicker again in 2020.

December 26, 2019 05:56 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Fully practices Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay (back) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

It sounds like Gay is feeling better and will be able to handle his kicking duties to close out the season Week 17 against the Falcons. He's made 27 of his 32 field-goal tries this season, with three of the misses coming from beyond 50 yards.

December 25, 2019 03:24 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Limited participant
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's projected practice report.

Gay was banged up on a field-goal attempt that was blocked in the team's Week 16 loss to the Texans. However, he remained in the game and later made a 50-yard field goal, giving some indication that the injury was minor. That he was projected to be a limited participant Wednesday is a positive sign for his availability in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Falcons.

December 24, 2019 05:28 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Eventful day in Week 16 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay converted field-goal attempts of 50 and 41 yards, had a 54-yard attempt blocked, and converted two extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.

Gay was banged up on the first-quarter block, but his ability to drill a 50-yarder later in the period corroborated his health. The rookie heads into the regular-season finale against the Falcons with a solid 84.4 percent success rate on 32 field-goal attempts and 122 points overall, making him one of the best fantasy assets at the position on the season.

December 21, 2019 05:48 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Gets back in game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay (undisclosed) has returned to action in Saturday's game against the Texans.

After getting banged up on a blocked kick return, Gay came back in and converted a 50-yard field-goal attempt. He appears no worse for wear and should be good to go for the remainder of Saturday's tilt.

December 21, 2019 03:20 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Hurt after blocked field goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay was injured during a blocked field goal return Saturday against the Texans, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Bradley Pinion was spotted kicking into the practice net on the Tampa Bay sidelines after Gay was dinged up at the end of a blocked field-goal return. It's unclear if he'll be able to return to action Saturday.

December 19, 2019 05:40 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Cleared for Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice and won't carry a designation into Saturday's game against the Texans, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Gay was limited for the Buccaneers' first two practices of Week 16 while battling a right groin injury. Since Tampa Bay didn't work out any other kickers, there was never much concern about the rookie's status, and his ability to put in a full workout to close the week supports that notion.

December 18, 2019 05:52 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Continues limited work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

The Buccaneers have yet to work out or sign another kicker, so they appear confident Gay will be ready in time for Saturday's matchup against the Texans. Gay has been quite effective this year, connecting on 25 of 29 field goals (86 percent), including 14 of 17 tries from beyond 40 yards.

December 18, 2019 12:12 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Dealing with groin issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to a right groin injury, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Gay racked up eight points on a field goal and five extra points in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions over the weekend, but a misfire from 54 yards out ended a streak of 15 converted kicks in a row. The rookie appears to have ironed out his early-season accuracy issues, but he now has a health-related complication to contend with heading into Saturday's game against the Texans. The Buccaneers haven't yet worked out any other kickers, signaling that the team isn't yet concerned about his availability for Week 16.

December 16, 2019 03:12 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Six successful kicks in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay drilled a 46-yard field goal and clanked a 54-yard attempt off the left upright while also making all five of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.

It was another busy day for Gay, as the Buccaneers racked up their second consecutive 38-point tally. Gay did see a streak of 15 straight successful kicks come to an end with the long misfire, but he continues to profile as an elite asset heading into fantasy title games in Week 16, with the possibility of an uptick in field-goal opportunities if Tampa is missing both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin due to hamstring injuries.

December 10, 2019 01:00 AM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Extends kicking streak in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay drilled his only field-goal attempt from 44 yards and made all five of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.

The rookie has now drilled all 10 kick attempts (three field goals seven extra points) over his last two games. Gay continues to serve as an elite fantasy asset due to his connection to the Buccaneers' prolific offense, and he'll be set up for potential success once again in a Week 15 matchup versus the vulnerable Lions defense.

December 2, 2019 05:36 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Perfect on four kicks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay drilled field-goal attempts of 25 and 37 yards and made both extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Gay bounced back from having missed three extra-point attempts versus the Falcons in a Week 12 win, putting together his third perfect performance over the last four games. A couple of typical rookie hiccups aside, Gay has converted an impressive 88.5 percent of 26 field-goal attempts on the campaign, including four of five tries from 50 yards or longer. The rookie will look to keep his strong numbers up against the Colts in Week 14.

November 24, 2019 10:32 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Scuffles on extra points in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay drilled his only field-goal attempt from 32 yards but made only two of five extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Gay unexpectedly found extra-point tries to be a significant challenge Sunday, missing more attempts (three) than he had all season (two). The rookie did up his field-goal accuracy to 87.5 percent with his 1-for-1 showing in that department Sunday, and despite the unexpected hiccups, he remains a highly appealing fantasy option in Week 13 versus the Jaguars.

November 17, 2019 10:40 PM
Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Impresses with few opportunities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gay drilled his only field-goal attempt from 55 yards and also was good on both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

The rookie got another opportunity to show off the booming leg that caught the team's eye coming out of college, with Gay drilling his third kick of more than 50 yards in four tries this season. The Buccaneers' offense typically provides Gay with more scoring chances than he saw Sunday, but even in a game where he sees a downturn in opportunity, he can still reward fantasy managers. Gay will hope to square up on multiple field-goal attempts in a Week 12 matchup against the Falcons.

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