Just one day after Tampa Bay concluded its three-day rookie mini-camp, four of the 20 tryout players that participated over the weekend signed contracts with the Buccaneers.
The Bucs officially added running back Derek Watson, offensive lineman Kevin Fischer and cornerbacks Carlos Campbell and James Patrick to their offseason roster on Monday.
The 6-foot, 223-pound Watson, who originally entered the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots, attended South Carolina and South Carolina State and rushed for 2,374 yards and 19 touchdowns and hauled in 64 passes for 545 yards and three touchdowns during his collegiate career.
Watson transferred from South Carolina to South Carolina St. after being suspended for the Gamecocks’ game in the 2000 Outback Bowl for violating team policy. Before being suspended, Watson had become the Gamecocks’ first 1,000-yard rusher in four years
Fischer (6-4, 260) played colllegiately at Florida Atlantic and is one of only nine players to have appeared in every game in the football team’s history. A three-year starter, Fischer played primarily at left guard for FAU, but he spent most of the weekend playing tackle for the Bucs.
Campbell (5-11, 195) played in 43 career games (five starts) at the University of Notre Dame. He spent the first two years of his collegiate career at wide receiver before moving to cornerback. Campbell notched 37 tackles with the Fighting Irish.
Patrick (5-11, 175) notched a whopping 27 career interceptions during his collegiate career at Stillman. He also set an NCAA single-game record with five interceptions against Edward Waters College in 2002.
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