After cutting Roberto Aguayo on Saturday, the Buccaneers signed Zach Hocker, they announced Sunday. Hocker will split reps with Nick Folk.
Tampa Bay’s extra kicker place opened up up once the team released former second-round pick Roberto Aguayo after he battled again within the Bucs’ preseason opener.
The professional bio on Hocker is brief: The kicker from Arkansas performed for that Saints and also the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015, appearing in eight games combined and making 10 of 14 field goal attempts. Hocker also made 12 of 13 point-after attempts.
Hocker was drafted within the seventh round (228th overall) through the Washington Redskins in 2014, but lost an exercise camp kicking fight with Kai Forbath, who also replaced Hocker in New Orleans in 2015 after Hocker missed four of his first 13 field goal attempts.
Tampa Bay booted an costly kicker and replaced him with one in the mothballs.