Dealing with a rash of defensive injuries has the Bucs examining potential free agents. One of those potential additions could be free agent linebacker Erroll Thompson. Per ESPN’s Jenna Laine, the Falcons defender is working out for the Bucs on Monday.

Thompson was a stud at Mississippi State, recording 312 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss, ten sacks and three interceptions in four years. A hard-hitting, old school linebacker, Thompson’s 6-0, 240-pound frame with nearly 33-inch arms is a throwback physique. The run-stuffing rookie didn’t stick in Atlanta due to a lack of athleticism. Thompson ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at his pro day, while jumping just 30 1/2 inches.

In ample preseason playing time, Thompson was solid in run defense and as a tackler. But he was exposed in coverage, where he allowed all seven of his targets to be completed for 130 yards and a touchdown, per PFF. There could be potential for Thompson as a special teamer, but his lack of athleticism makes him a long shot in the NFL.

The Bucs don’t have a linebacker on the practice squad right now, and Lavonte David is nursing a sprained ankle. If David can’t return in Week 7, the Bucs will rely on linebackers Devin White, Kevin Minter, K.J. Britt and Grant Stuard.

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3 months ago

We need Davis and Davis both back to beat too teams like Buffalo. Let’s hope White stays healthy if he went down the LB’s would be pretty lackluster.

Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

Meant David and Davis lol

3 months ago

Doesn’t the team have enough slow plodding LB’s whose pass coverage skills are highly suspect. As Jack Nicholson said, “Go sell crazy somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.”

3 months ago

Sounds like a special teams guy for sure.

3 months ago

With the league focused on athleticisms. I always wondered why the Buccaneers haven’t recently drafted a throwbacc SS in the later rounds to fill in at linebaccer and STs when needed.

Bradley Smith
3 months ago

Perhaps Trask can play LB.