Tampa Bay has never returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a regular season game during its 31-year history in the NFL.
That’s one of the reasons why the Bucs are interested in signing former Detroit Lions wide receiver Eddie Drummond.
PewterReport.com is reporting that Drummond, who was released by the Lions on Thursday, visited with the Bucs at One Buccaneer Place and underwent a physical on Thursday night.
Drummond, 27, made a name for himself in the NFL as a return specialist. He has scored a total of six touchdowns as a return man since 2002.
In 2004, Drummond became a Pro Bowler by averaging over 26 yards per kickoff return and 13.2 yards per punt return. He also returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns that season.
The former undrafted free agent out of Penn State has averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return and has taken 15 of his 213 total attempts 40-plus yards. Drummond averaged just 21.8 yards per kickoff return in 2006.
As a punt returner, Drummond has averaged 9.8 yards per attempt. Out of his 108 total attempts, Drummond has gained 20-plus yards on 18 of them. He averaged 10.6 yards per punt return last season.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Drummond has not made much of an impact as a receiver in the NFL. In fact, he has just four career catches. However, Tampa Bay is looking for a proven return man that can help the Bucs establish better field position on offense.
In addition to having returned 1,825 kickoffs without a touchdown in their franchise history, the Bucs ranked 30th in punt returns (6.5 avg.) and 25th in kickoffs returns (21.5 avg.) in 2006.
The Bucs have several players that are attempting to win the kickoff and punt return duties in Tampa Bay, including WR Mark Jones and cornerback Phillip Buchanon.
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