The carousel continues for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at punter. As first reported by ESPN’s NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas, the Bucs cut ties with punter Chris Bryan on Tuesday. The same day, Jason La Confora, of NFL.com reported that the team had worked out Brent Bowden, T.J. Conley, and Robert Malone.
Bryan was averaging an NFL worst 37.4 yards per punt with a net average of 34.3. The Bucs signed Bryan at the end of the preseason after he was cut by Green Bay Packers.
Today the team officially announced the signing of his replacement, Robert Malone via their website. Malone, 22, stands 6-foot-2, 215-pounds and even bares some resemblance to an NFL safety, stature wise. He first entered the NFL in 2010 with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State. In his senior season he was a first-team All-WAC selection and averaged 45.2 yards per punt on 44 attempts with 17 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He also had 15 punts of over 50 yards. In his collegiate career he punted 120 times for 5,117 yards with 42.6 average and 44 punts downed inside the 20.