Buccaneers sign Zach Hocker as camp competition for Nick Folk

29 November 2015: St. Louis Rams kicker Zach Hocker (2) and holder Johnny Hekker (6) kick against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Icon Sportswire)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed kicker Zach Hocker to provide some training camp competition for veteran Nick Folk, according to Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times.

The move comes one day after the Buccaneers released second-year kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Hocker, who played his college football at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round (228th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Redskins signed Hocker to a four-year contract shortly after the draft, but later that summer, he was released in favor of Kai Forbath.

He then proceeded to sign with the Miami Dolphins in January 2015, only to be cut three months later.

The New Orleans Saints picked Hocker up, and the 25-year-old actually won the starting job heading into the season.

However, Hocker missed four field goals over the first six games of the season and was released in favor of the man who beat him out of a kicking job in Washington: Forbath.

He caught on with the St. Louis Rams in late November but was cut after two contests.

Prior to signing with the Buccaneers, Hocker’s last NFL team was the Cincinnati Bengals, who signed him in January 2016 and then released him last summer.

Folk remains the clear favorite to win the job.

The 32-year-old spent his last seven seasons with the New York Jets. Last year, he made 27 of his 31 field-goal attempts and made two from 50 yards or more.

Prior to his time with the Jets, Folk spent three years with the Dallas Cowboys, making the Pro Bowl during his rookie campaign in 2007.

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