NY Jets target: Jose Borregales, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The way 2020 Lou Groza Award winner Jose Borregales has been kicking in Bucs camp, Tampa Bay might want him to keep him out of preseason action so that teams forget he is on their roster. They might be able to sneak him onto their practice squad without it being noticed.
The Venezuelan-born Borragales, after transferring from Florida International, had a breakout campaign for Miami in 2020.
Connecting on 20-of-22 field goals with two kicks over 50 yards and a long of 57, he was perfect on extra points (37-for-37). Borregales converted 80 percent of his field goals and 98 percent of his PATs in his college career.
Reports from Tampa are that the undrafted Borregales has been magnificent this summer for the Bucs, displaying the accuracy he showed at the University of Miami last season while routinely kicking field 60-yard field goals in practice.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Bucs are going to have a dilemma on their hands when the preseason ends. Tampa shored up its kicking spot last season by bringing in Ryan Succop.
The veteran made 28-of-31 field goals. In the playoffs, Succop went 13-for-13 on field goals, helping Tampa on their way to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. For his services, the Bucs rewarded Succop with a three-year contract worth $12 million.
The Buccaneers would love to stash Borregales on their practice squad as insurance for the future while Succop retains his job for at least another year. But it's likely, that a kicker-needy team like the Jets could claim Borregales if Tampa attempts to release him at final cuts.