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Schmitz cut by Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut ten players from their roster ahead of the new NFL season, including Karl Schmitz, the Bermudian-born punter.

The most prominent name on the list was Joey Iosefa, the Buccaneers' seventh-round pick, who failed to impress in preseason.

Schmitz, who lived in Bermuda until the age of 16, was waived along with several others, having competed for a place with Jacob Schum and Michael Koenen.

The 28-year-old, who has not played an official game for nearly seven years, failed to make his mark during practice, while Schum enjoyed a good night against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game. Koenen was not asked to punt on Monday night, as the Buccaneers seemingly used the game to eliminate one of Schmitz or Schum.

Schmitz played for Jacksonville University and then the University of Missouri-St Louis, was signed by the Denver Broncos in March as a long-range, long-shot free agent. However, the Broncos released him in early August, three days after punter Britton Colquitt agreed to a reduced salary.

Schmitz played for Jacksonville University in 2008 when he handled both punts and kick-offs.

After graduating, he returned to Jacksonville hoping to get back into the game and land a spot on an NFL roster.

After spending all his free time perfecting his kicks, even posting highlights of himself on YouTube in an atttempt to get noticed, including video of a 70-yard field goal.

Schmitz got his break when the Broncos picked him up.

But the Denver franchise, which is run by legendary former quarterback John Elway, released him on August 6 and the Buccaneers signed him four days later.

The big news in Tampa Bay this off-season has been the signing of Jameis Winston, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Florida State.

He was given the No 3 jersey in a promotion where Schmitz figured prominently with his No 6, but he did not do enough.

Karl Schmitz, left, takes part in a blocking drill with Aaron Brewer during his time with the Denver Broncos

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Published September 03, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated September 02, 2015 at 10:09 pm)

Schmitz cut by Buccaneers

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