Posted October 10, 2012 on AP on Fox

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Placekicker Connor Barth of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers connects on a 31-yard field goal with only five seconds on the clock to give the Buccaneers a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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. The 57-yarder was the longest of his career. The 47-...
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