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Bucs kicker Chandler Catanzaro on preseason misses: 'I feel fine'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans might be sweating their kicking situation after Chandler Catanzaro -- their fourth kicker in three seasons -- missed two attempts in his preseason debut in Thursday's 26-24 win against the Miami Dolphins.

But Catanzaro said he has already wiped the slate clean.

"I've already moved forward," said Catanzaro, whose extra point attempt after the Bucs' first touchdown sailed wide right. "It already happened. I'm in 'next-kick mentality.' I've watched the film. I knew what was wrong right when I hit it. So I've already moved on.

"I hit so many balls that I can feel it off my foot, I can feel what position I'm in and impact, and I can usually tell right off my foot what the ball is gonna do. Like I've said, I've already moved on. I'm ready for the next kick."

He also missed a 53-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, with 3:24 remaining, but got another shot with 26 seconds left on the clock, making the 26-yard game-winner. He also made a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter and his two other extra point attempts.

"It's taken some experience and it's controlling what I could control, which is the next kick," Catanzaro said. "I can't control what people are saying about me, what's going on outside of the circumstance -- all I can control is my foot on the ball. It's me and the ball out there. I'm gonna make a lot of kicks. I'm gonna be fine."

Catanzaro, whom the Bucs signed this offseason for three years and $9.75 million, with $3.75 million guaranteed, went 29-for-29 on extra points last season, one of nine kickers in the league to make every one of their attempts. However, since the NFL changed its rules in 2015, moving extra points from 20 yards to 33 yards, Catanzaro's 93.3 percent rate ranks 29th in the league. He did have the second-most attempts of any player during that span, and the nine misses came during the first two seasons of the new rule. He credited his improvement in 2017 to additional reps in practice and in treating the extra point attempts like 30-yard field goals.

Catanzaro also typically performs well in long-range situations, making 62.5 percent of his field goal attempts from 50-plus yards since 2016, including a 57-yarder last season when he was with the New York Jets. He went 2-for-2 on 50-plus yard kicks in 2017.

When asked if he had any concerns about the Bucs' kicking situation, coach Dirk Koetter said, "I feel fine. Chandler is going to do a great job for us."

The Bucs did bring in three kickers on Friday for a workout -- Nick Rose, Joey Slye and Drew Brown -- but a source close to the situation told ESPN that those workouts were scheduled on Monday, when the Bucs had waived Trevor Moore (the idea in bringing in a second kicker late in camp is to give the starter's leg a rest, when needed). The workouts were not a reflection of Catanzaro's performance from the previous night. In fact, those players were already in Tampa while the game was happening.

The Bucs have gone through eight kickers since 2009, tied with the Bills, Bengals and Eagles for most kickers in that span.

Catanzaro, who has rarely missed a kick during training camp, isn't too worried about the team bringing in other kickers, nor is he worried about the pressures of kicking for a team whose kicking woes, both in recent years and historically, have been well-documented.

"I really am comfortable. I'm hitting the ball great. I think I've made 95 percent of my kicks since I've been in here in OTAs and camp. It's unfortunate that I had the night that I did, but I'm very confident. I'm really excited about what this team's gonna do this year, and I'm excited to be part of it."