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Ad touts soccer star Carli Lloyd as the solution to Bucs' kicking woes

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 13:49:50-04

Last Sunday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost a heartbreaker to the New York Giants when kicker Matt Gay missed a 34-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game.

Secret deodorant decided to have a little fun with the situation by taking out an ad in the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs have a history of kicker woes of late, with each new kicker brought in seemingly struggling just as much as the last.

According to Greg Auman, The Bucs have missed seven field goals of 35 yards or shorter since the start of 2015, the most in the NFL in that time.

Lloyd's name was first brought up in questions about the NFL when she nailed a 55-yard kick during a visit to a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens last month, ESPN says.

Lloyd's longtime coach, James Galanis, told ESPN that Lloyd has had offers from two NFL teams but doesn't believe she will pursue kicking in the league until 2020, when she could have a full offseason to train for it.

She has said in the past that she could see a day where a woman makes it in the NFL. She said there's no doubt that men are bigger, stronger, and made differently, but for certain spots like kicker it could happen.

"You paid your money, [so say] whatever you want to say," Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Monday about fans being critical of Gay. "He isn't going anywhere."