TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Connor Barth is proving his worth to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The fifth-year kicker arguably has been the team's most dependable performer during a 1-3 start, converting all nine of his field goal attempts to extend the longest current streak in the NFL to a franchise-record 25 straight dating to October of last season.
Barth is also 7 for 7 on extra points through four games, keeping him perfect in 102 career tries -- consistency that shows why the Bucs used their franchise tag to avoid losing the 26-year-old to free agency last winter, then subsequently rewarded him with a four-year, 13.2 million contract.
Coaches and teammates are astounded by his accuracy, including three kicks of 50-plus yards already this season.
"I've never been around a guy like him. We're blessed as an organization to have him," said Schiano, who watched Barth kick field goals of 50, 57 and 47 yards during a 24-22 loss to Washington two weeks ago.