Buccaneers bring in competition at punter

TAMPA, Fla. -- We generally don’t bring you every practice squad move. But we’re making an exception today because this one could have some implications.

The Bucs signed punter Jacob Schum to their practice squad, while placing linebacker Jeremy Grable on injured reserve. The Schum signing could be significant.

It comes at a time when incumbent Michael Koenen ranks last in the league with a 39.7-yard average. Koenen and coach Lovie Smith have said the Bucs have been sacrificing distance for hang time and directional punts. But Koenen had a particularly bad game last week, averaging just 30.3 yards per punt.

Schum and Koenen were taking turns punting in Friday’s practice. Schum spent part of the offseason with the Bucs and part with the New York Jets. His signing could just be an attempt to light a fire under Koenen. Or the Bucs could go ahead and replace Koenen with Schum.