Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Ex-Jaguar Punter Returns as Buc

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Ex-Jaguar Punter Returns as Buc

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Former Jaguars punter Bryan Anger returned to the team's practice fields Wednesday as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Jaguars' third-round pick in 2012, Anger punted 360 times for a 40.5-yard net average in 64 games.

In early March, the Jaguars offered Anger a new contract, but his camp turned it down.

"We had a little bit of talks with them," Anger said after the Buccaneers-Jaguars joint practice. "Didn't quite get what we hoped for and just moved on from there."

The Jaguars quickly moved on to sign Brad Nortman. Anger joined Tampa Bay on a one-year contract.

A different team for Anger and also a different dynamic. The locked-in Week 1 punter during his Jaguars career, Anger is competing with incumbent Jacob Schum with the Buccaneers.

"You have to come in ready," Anger said. "It's been good for me. It's humbling and it gets you locked in and focused and if you're not, you won't have a job. It's been nice to have a push. It's the same thing [Jaguars coach] Gus [Bradley] was all about - growing through competition, making you uncomfortable and they trying to find the people that strive under pressure."

Anger said he has no hard feelings toward the Jaguars.

"I had a great time here; the city treated me well - no complaints at all," Anger said. "It's the NFL. It's a big business and most of the time, you're not going to stay in a place forever."


Because Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter calls his team's offensive plays, he wanted to be with quarterback Jameis Winston and Co. during practice. That meant Bradley oversaw the action on the field featuring the Jaguars' offense.

It was an adjustment for Bradley.

"It was tough," he said. "You're always trying to take a peek over there [to the Jaguars' defense]. But that's why you have the tape."


Out since July 31, Jaguars receiver Shaq Evans returned to practice Wednesday. Evans said the injury was to the peroneal nerve, which runs down the outside part of the leg.

"Unfortunately, a weird injury - [the trainers] even said it was a weird injury that doesn't happen very often," Evans said. …

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