On Friday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeff Faine talked about this year's rookie draft class on his weekly radio show. Through eight games this season, many of Tampa Bay's rookies have played an instrumental role on the field, and have been major contributors to the team. These players include quarterback Josh Freeman, defensive tackle Roy Miller, and wide receiver Sammie Stroughter, who is second in receptions on the team with 19 on the season.
"For guys like Sammie [Stroughter], you have to give some kudos to Mark Dominik and his staff because all these guys for the most part are all good guys, and you really enjoy being around them," Faine said. "They're not just young punks that you don't like that are annoying and always causing problems and what not, these guys are genuinely good guys and love playing football, love working, and love really everything about it."
One guy that Faine particularly liked out of this rookie class was not selected in the draft, but was an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra. This player is practice squad running back Kareem Huggins.
"We have a running back that's under wraps," said Faine. "He's on the practice squad right now and he's someone that's going to be special, he really is. They can't even afford to put him on the field right now because he'll get snatched up."
So far, it looks like the Buccaneers have really hit on their draft class this year. According to Faine, these players are not only performing well on the field, but are also great character guys that are good to have around in the locker room.
"They're young talent that's fantastic, and they love to work and that's a great sign," said Faine. "The longer they're together, the more continuity they will form. This is going to be a special group."