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October 18, 2011 @ 2:22 pm
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Bucs Add RB Depth, Chad Spann Signed To Practice Squad

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added some much needed running back depth on Monday, signing former Northern Illinois University star Chad Spann. The 5-foot-9, 201-pound running back replaces linebacker Derrell Smith on the Buccaneers practice squad.

According to the Buccaneers team website, Tampa Bay brought all of their practice squad players with them to the United Kingdom for two reasons.  One, obviously, the team is going to be practicing all week, just as if they were back at One Buccaneer Place, and that’s where practice squad players contribute every week.  And, two, if any unexpected injuries occur and the team wants to activate a practice squad player to the 53-man roster, it’s a simpler process if that player is on hand.

The Buccaneers needed some practice depth at the running back position after rookie running back Allen Bradford was waived last week and then claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks.  The Bucs had released Bradford to make room for Tanard Jackson’s activation from the exempt list.

Spann played four seasons at Northern Illinois University, racking up 2,916 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns on 536 carries.  As a senior in 2010, he was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year after establishing a new school record with 22 touchdowns to go with his 1,388 rushing yards.

Span, an Indianapolis native, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in July and was waived at the end of the preseason.

 

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    Anyone who can continue to play with a grade 3 hamstring tear is one tough kid. I really like the way he runs and he can be a terrific addition to this offense.
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    Too damned bad OBP can't publicly announce players transactions. I saw it on the CbsSports transaction report for MONDAY.
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    Spann does look interesting on film, love the use of the stiff arm. Tough dude to bring down.
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    I like the pick up. He came from Northern Illinois, the last two halfbacks from NIU have been Michael Turner and Garrett Wolfe. Hopefully he can be a mixture of the two of them for the Bucs.
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    Very explosive back, runs angry, hard to bring down on first contact and knows how to use that stiff arm. Great p/u!!
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    There was an injury settlement and injury release on Sept. 5. He apparently was a good lock to make the active 53 before injuring his hamstring in the last preseason game. Big fan favorite from Indy. Probably should have written it as released/injury settlement. Frankiin was re-signed to practice squad after being waived from the active roster last Monday.
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    This guy seems like a pretty good pickup. We needed him, that's for sure.
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    Was he really waived? My understanding was that Indy reached an injury settlement due to a grade 3 hamstring tear, which allowed him to return in week 8 but ended up buying that contract out and released him a couple of weeks ago. Interesting article about him here: http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2011/10/17/behind-the-blue-curtain-a-glimpse-at-colts-training-camp-with-rb-chad-spann/
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    Did they really release D. Smith? The Bucs' site shows 8 players including Collin Franklin who they released 10 Oct, so there's really only 7 before signing Spann.
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    Love this guy on tape. Very Jones-Drew like.
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