Bucs CB Mark Myers (29) - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Two try-out players that attended Tampa Bay’s rookie mini-camp have been signed by the Buccaneers. Cornerback Mark Myers and guard Ruben Holcomb were added to the team’s 90-man offseason roster as the Bucs parted ways with safety Josh Liddell, wide receiver Devin Lucien and linebacker Antonio Simmons.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Myers is a native of Orlando, Fla. and played at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. where he had nine career interceptions, including a pick-six during his senior year, and returned two punts for touchdowns for the Fire and averaged close to 18 yards per return. During his four seasons with the Fire, Myers totaled 91 tackles, 25 passes defensed and led the team with four INTs in 2016 as a junior.
Holcomb, who played at the University of Indianapolis, was an All-American left tackle last year at the Division II level. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Holcomb anchored an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks per game (0.5) at the Division II level. He started 44 consecutive games and helped Indianapolis to its first undefeated regular season since 1953.
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I’m excited about the Holcomb kid.
I thought the same thing.
These are the guys I always end up being big fans of. The undrafted and tryout guys that work their asses off and are selfless to the team. Earnest Graham, Shelton Quarles, Karl Williams.
Would be nice if PR or other local Bucs reporters could get some time with Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter to get the vital stats on the undrafted guys. With Holcomb and Myers, there’s basically no information out there about them, with regard to the kind of measurables they would have recorded at the combine had they been invited… Not much in the way of scouting reports out there either. Probably a pipe dream that Bucs front office would provide that information, as they may want to say as little as possible about the guys they really like, in case they have to pass thru waivers to the practice squad… But the under-the-radar guys are intriguing and I’d love to see more analysis of the bottom of the roster guys through OTAs and TC.
Speaking of UDFAs, one of last year’s storylines was about CB Maurice Fleming. He’s still around. I wonder if he and Myers might make the CB competition interesting and push Javien Elliot and maybe Ryan Smith out of a job.
I was really hoping that we would get a QB, RB or CB out of the tryout guys. I am completely OK with one of them being an OL. Guess 1 out of the other 3 positions isn’t bad. Thought one of those 2 QB’s would stand out enough to give R Griffin some competition as the #3 QB. Fitz probably only has 1 year left and we don’t seem to be too confident in Griffin. Would have loved it if we could have gotten an UFA to take his place. Also would have liked the Wilson kid (RB from Duke?) to have been signed to give Simms some competition as well. He was also a PR/KR. Glad to hear that this CB also has some return ability. I hope we get someone new to be our PR and KR this year, I was not impressed with our options last season.
makski, RB Shaun Wilson/Duke is signed. He was one of the 14 UDFA signees. The tryout RB that didn’t get signed was Jordan Huff/NIU.
oops, my bad, it was late for me. I meant I was hoping to get more RB depth and QB depth with the signings of the extra tryout players to make more competition. Both Wilson and Huff, and both QB’s.
Good to read about these two guys. 😀
I lifted the following quote from Buccaneers.com.
Rookies Find Ways to Impress at Camp
Posted May 12, 2018
“After looking at the tape last night, Carlton probably had one of the best days on defense of anybody out there yesterday,” said Koetter. “He did a good job. We already knew he was a good player in press coverage, but we wanted to see him play some off coverage as well. He did a really good job. His form tackling – for football on air – was good. We were fired up about the way he played yesterday.”
I had high hopes we would draft one of the taller cornerbacks such as Josh Jackson, Tavarus McFadden or Carlton Davis after we grabbed Vea and Jones.
We did. So far so good!
Great to hear Shaun Wilson was signed. He can beat out Quizz who lost a step or two last year. I expect the Memphis QB who threw for over an incredible 7,000 yards last year with over 70 per cent completion percentage and almost beat undefeated UCF single handedly in their championship game to be able to one day be our backup QB to Jameis. He is an accurate long ball passer as you can see on a clip on Pewter Report now as he hit Watson way downfield. He has a better arm than Jameis and our current backup!
We didn’t sign him. I was also hoping to get him signed for more depth in training camp. We do have 1 more spot open, I’m hoping it is for him.
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