Competition Isn’t Getting To Bucs’ Young Kicker


The Bucs have an actual competitors going between kickers Ryan Succop and Jose Borregales in camp.

Succop is the incumbent, spending the final two seasons because the group’s beginning kicker. And he’s carried out extraordinarily properly in that function, making 53 of 61 discipline purpose makes an attempt and knocking in 108 of 116 further level makes an attempt. Nevertheless, he’ll be 36 years outdated firstly of the season and has limitations on his distance, going 15 of twenty-two past 40 yards out within the final two years.

Borregales is simply 24 years outdated and was protected on the Bucs’ follow squad for your complete 2021 season. He has a booming leg, knocking by way of 24 of his 33 makes an attempt from past 40 yards out – with a profession lengthy of 57 yards – throughout his four-year school profession spent between Florida Worldwide and Miami. The previous Lou Groza Award winner made 70 of his 88 discipline targets general and knocked although 168 of his 171 further factors in school. In the case of the competitors between him and Succop, Borregales is simply making an attempt to place his finest foot ahead – pun meant.

“Properly, it’s a contest and clearly you wish to do your finest, so simply going out right here each day and doing my finest,” Borregales mentioned. “Attempting to kick each single one, make it 100%. Actually not nervous about what Ryan [Succop] is doing as a result of have been two totally different folks, two totally different types of kickers. So, something [I can do] to assist him, he helps me out. It’s been enjoyable.”

Expertise The Solely Factor Borregales Is Missing

Bucs Okay Jose Borregales – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

So far as the most important distinction between the 2 kickers, Borregales spoke about Succop’s expertise. Borregales has been making an attempt to absorb as a lot from him as he can. And whereas Succop might have the expertise, that’s not the one factor that may win this competitors.

“I assume the expertise,” Borregales mentioned. “He has 13 years on me enjoying at this stage. So, something I can study from him is what I’ll take.”

Borregales is targeted on “simply being himself” within the kicking battle. He needs to be “the kicker that he’s and never worrying about the rest.” The easiest way for him to win the job is by being constant. That features not straying from his routine – the identical one he’s all the time had.

“Simply staying in the identical routine I’ve had since school,” Borregales mentioned. “Nothing’s actually modified. I nonetheless have the identical warmup, the identical kicks, similar distances. It’s actually simply conserving that rhythm going, conserving that ‘A’ ball able to go and simply each time they put me on the market, simply make the kicks.

To this point in camp, Borregales has impressed on his kicks. Close to good, his solely miss got here from 49 yards out. He’s hit a number of from over 50 yards, whereas Succop has performed most of his kicking from inside 45 yards. He’ll want to indicate he can proceed to make his kicks, particularly throughout preseason video games, to safe the kicking job.

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