Rian Lindell: 'I need to make my kicks'

TAMPA, Fla. – Give Buccaneers kicker Rian Lindell credit for one thing. He’s honest.

All too often in the NFL, a player is asked about facing his former team and says it’s no different than any other game.

“It will feel a little strange seeing guys that you grew up with football-wise and even the equipment guys,’’ Lindell told WDAE’s Tom Krasniqi on Thursday. “It’s a little different.’’

That’s understandable. Lindell spent the past 10 seasons kicking for Buffalo. But this game is more than a reunion.

Once again, Lindell went with the honest approach. He has missed four field goal attempts in the past three games.

“It’s pretty disappointing because I felt better on them,’’ Lindell said. “Sometimes, I can look back on my career and I was sick or the laces weren’t turned right or there was weird wind. But I felt better than the results.’’

Lindell realizes this is a results-based business.

“I need to start making some field goals,’’ Lindell said. “I need to make my kicks.’’