The Buccaneers continued to sign their rookie class on Monday afternoon when the team came to terms with cornerback Myron Lewis. The third-round pick out of Vanderbilt signed a four-year contract. Lewis was the 67th overall selection in last April's draft. To make room for Lewis the team released DE Maurice Evans.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to make progress towards signing their nine draft picks on Monday after they came to terms with cornerback Myron Lewis on a four-year contract. The Vanderbilt product Lewis was the Bucs third-round pick (67th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. Lewis was expected to challenge for the team's nickel back role as a rookie.
Lewis sustained an abdominal injury and has not been able to practice during the teams organized team activities (OTAs). The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Lewis is projected to be competing with Elbert Mack and E.J. Biggers to be the third cornerback on the depth chart. Long-term the team viewed Lewis as a potential replacement for veteran Ronde Barber. Barber is 35 years-old and is in the final year of his contract. While sitting out with his injury Lewis has been learning the Buccaneers defensive playbook.
"It's not too much different. It is different terminology," said Lewis. "We played a lot of Cover 2 at Vanderbilt. Pretty much everything is the same. At Vandy my senior year we didn't run a lot of man because we had young defensive backs. They were conservative with lining up our young guys against older receivers."
During his collegiate career Lewis played in 46 games in college with 36 starts. He totaled 170 tackles with 10 interceptions, 26 passes defensed, five sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. In Commodore history Lewis is tied for ninth-most in interceptions.
During his senior season, Lewis recorded five interceptions and eight pass breakups to lead the Commodores and finished with 41 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss to earn second-team All-SEC honors. Those numbers dipped a bit from his junior year in which he had a career-best 76 tackles (51 solo), six pass breakups, five sacks, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
"We got Bucs university we are all together learning different things that are going on in the community," said Lewis. "Dekoda [Watson] is my roommate so we spend a lot of time together and with the rest of the rookies."
Lewis is the second rookie draft pick to be signed by Tampa Bay after the team signed fourth-rounder wide receiver Mike Williams. In order to make room on the roster for Lewis the team released defensive end Maurice Evans. He was on the Bucs practice squad injured reserve list at the end of the 2009 season.
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