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Kyle Brindza is latest kicker to get the boot in 2015

Misses in clutch situations and more difficult extra points have cost a few kickers jobs already in 2015.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released kicker Kyle Brindza on Monday, the team announced, a little over a month after the team traded for the rookie at the end of preseason.

Brindza, 22, missed five of his last seven field goals and missed two extra point attempts with the team before he was released. In a 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4, Brindza missed two field goals and an extra point, which proved to be the last straw for the Buccaneers. He was originally acquired by the team in exchange for tight end Tim Wright.

After kicker workouts on Tuesday, the Bucs decided to sign Connor Barth, who played for Tampa from 2010-13:

Just two days before Brindza was cut, the Pittsburgh Steelers released kicker Josh Scobee, who was also acquired via trade after the preseason. The Houston Texans released Randy Bullock last week after he missed an extra point and a field goal.

The roster moves involving kickers come after a weekend that featured 18 missed field goals and extra points in Week 4 alone. After a rule change made extra points more difficult, kickers have been put under the microscope, but there really isn't much difference in kicking success.

Kickers have made 198 of 237 field goals in 2015, which is 83.5 percent. That's just a hair lower than the 84 percent success rate of 2014 when kickers made 829 of 987 field goals. But with a few of the missed attempts coming in clutch, potentially game-winning moments, poor kicking has made a big impact on the NFL so far in 2015.

While kickers like Jason Myers of the Jaguars and Zach Hocker of the Saints missed game winners, Adam Vinatieri and Robbie Gould hit walk-off winners for the Colts and Bears, respectively, and Cairo Santos was a perfect 7 of 7 on field goal attempts for the Chiefs on Sunday.

For some of the kickers that are now out of job, it likely won't be for long, while the game of kicker musical chairs continues. Scobee has already received calls from three teams, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, but is waiting for a strained quad to heal before he signs.

The biggest difference for kickers in 2015 is the new extra point rule, which has already accounted for more misses than in all of 2014. A year ago, 99.3 percent of extra points were made and only eight were missed, but in four weeks there have already been 17 misses and kickers are a combined 94.3 percent on PATs.

That smaller margin for error has already caused a few teams to make moves at the kicker position and will likely mean more cuts will be on the way.