TAMPA BAY – The Buccaneers surprised a lot of people when they drafted punter Jake Camarda in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s pretty obvious why it was such a surprise. For starters, it’s unusual for punters to get drafted that high, even if there’s previous precedent. Another reason is because the Buccaneers already had two punters on the roster in Bradley Pinion and Sterling Hofrichter.
Pinion is the incumbent starter heading into 2022. Hofrichter was signed onto the Buccaneers practice squad for depth and eventually played in 2021 due to Pinion’s injuries and COVID-19 issues.
In regard to who keeps their job, all bets are off with Camarda now in the fold. It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out, especially considering that there are three guys in the mix.
Or will there be three guys in the mix? According to Todd Bowles, there won’t be.
Bowles made himself clear on Tuesday when asked if he expects to carry three punters into training camp.
“I don’t think so, no,” Bowles told reporters.
Well, there ya have it. From what Bowles said, one of three aforementioned punters will not compete for the starting job in camp.
The job shouldn’t just be handed to Camarda, but it shouldn’t be handed to Pinion, either. There’s a good chance the Buccaneers do release one or both punters not named Camarda heading into camp, however.
No one is safe. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
You can check out Bowles’ entire press conference below:
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