According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Bucs are signing four tryout players from rookie mini-camp to the roster. The four tryout players, all veterans, include CB Antonio Hamilton, TE Jerell Adams, S Curtis Riley and RB Troymaine Pope.
Bucs are signing four of their five tryout players from rookie minicamp — safety Curtis Riley and running back Troymaine Pope, in addition to corner Antonio Hamilton and tight end Jerell Adams. Building depth all over before training camp.
Of the five tryout players the Bucs brought to camp, only WR Amara Darboh went unsigned by the team. Darboh had an impressive two days of practice at mini-camp, but the Bucs WR room is ridiculously deep.
Hamilton, a five-year veteran, has played in every game over the past two seasons. Stints with the Giants and Chiefs have seen Hamilton log reps on defense while contributing heavily on special teams. Hamilton will have to beat out Herb Miller, Chris Wilcox, Nate Brooks and rookie mini-camp standout Cameron Kinley for a roster spot.
Riley joins Hamilton as the tryout signees with the best chance to make the roster. The former Fresno State safety bounced around three teams’ practice squads a year ago, but was a 16-game starter for the Giants in 2018. Riley spent 2019 with the Raiders, contributing heavily on special teams. Riley will battle Javon Hagan, Raven Greene, Lawrence White and Augustus Contressa for the safety spot vacated by Andrew Adams’ departure.
The Bucs needed another young running back for preseason purposes, so signing Pope makes sense. Pope bounced around six teams in five years, including three stints in Seattle. Last season was the most productive in Pope’s career, rushing 15 times for 76 yards while catching eight passes for 42 yards with the Chargers. Pope is a long shot for the final roster, but he’ll compete against C.J. Prosise for the RB5 role.
A former New York Giant, Adams has appeared in one game since 2017, playing five special teams snaps in 2019. Adams has 24 catches for 214 yards and one touchdown in his five-year career. He’ll compete with Tanner Hudson and Codey McElroy for the TE4 job.
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