Bucs waive K Catanzaro; Fitzpatrick remains starting QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions Sunday, but will remain the starter.Photo Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that they have waived kicker Chandler Catanzaro.

The announcement came a few hours after Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter denied a report that Catanzano has been released. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reported early Monday that the Bucs released Catanzaro one day after he missed a pair of field goals in Tampa Bay’s 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

“I know there is a report out there,” Koetter said Monday. “We have not (released Catanzaro). We are doing our due diligence on another guy, but as of yet there’s been no move.”

A few hours later, the Bucs relased him, although there was no annoucement about a replacement for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

The Bucs signed Catanzano to a three-year contract this offseason, but he did not make it through the first year of the deal.

The Buccaneers piled up 501 yards on Sunday and missed kicks as well as four turnovers were the main reasons the Bucs scored just three points.

Catanzaro is 11 of 15 on field goals and 23 of 27 on extra points overall this season.

Despite the low scoring output, Koetter said Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to be the Bucs’ starting quarterback.

“We’re going to go with Fitz this week, and that’s how it’s going to stay,” Koetter said. “He still gives us the best opportunity right now.”

Fitzpatrick was 29 of 41 for 406 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to Washington.

–RB Zacquizz Rodgers accounted for 102 of those yards on eight catches, nearly doubling his previous single-game high of 56 receiving yards. In the process, Rodgers became the first Buccaneers running back to post a 100-yard receiving game since Michael Pittman had 134 at Carolina on Nov. 28, 2004.

–QB Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards against Washington, marking his fourth 400-yard game of the season. Prior to 2018, all Buccaneers quarterbacks combined had recorded five 400-yard passing games.

–WR Chris Godwin had seven catches for 103 yards, both season highs. His previous season high for receiving yards was 74 against the Steelers, and his previous season high for receptions was six against the Falcons.

–RB Peyton Barber was the Buccaneers’ leading rusher on Sunday with 61 yards on 13 carries.

–S Justin Evans had a second-high nine solo tackles on Sunday.

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