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Bucs K Chase McLaughlin finishes franchise-best regular season

There was a gloomy period where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered greatly from kicking woes. Thankfully for them, that era seems to not only have passed them by, but they might be having a reversal of fortune.

The Bucs picked up free agent kicker Chase McLaughlin in free agency and signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason, and to say it has paid dividends is perhaps underselling it. McLaughlin wasn’t just a great asset for the Bucs, he finished with the best statistical kicking season in franchise history.

McLaughlin was money all year, hitting 29 of his 31 attempted field goals and all of his extra points. The two field goals he missed were both blocks, and in finishing with a 93.5 field goal percentage, he surpassed Connor Barth’s 2011 season of 92.6 to take the franchise record.

McLaughlin was a great distance kicker this year, too, hitting his season-high of 57 yards three different times over the course of the season. That’s a big boon for the Bucs after their year with Ryan Succop in 2022, where his longest kick was 54 yards hit just a single time.

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire