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Buccaneers Will Reportedly Sign Trick Shot Quarterback and Basketball Player Tight End

Neither of these players are superstars, but both have an interesting story, and both could wind up hanging around in training camp.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly added a pair of free agents to compete in team activities this summer, and both come with an interesting link to what the Buccaneers are looking to do on offense.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Bucs are going to sign Alex Tanney, a QB out of Illinois' Monmouth College (not the same school that produced Miles Austin, that school is now known as Monmouth University and is in New Jersey) who last played with the Browns. Tanney has yet to throw a pass in an NFL game, but he was a record setter in college, and also is Internet-famous for this video:

Tanney obviously has plenty of accuracy in a gym, or from the roof of a library, but like most quarterback prospects, his ability to perform from under center with pressure in his face is the issue. He figures to compete with Mike Kafka and Brett Smith for the third QB spot.

The Bucs other reported addition, and this may come as a huge surprise, is a skill position player with a basketball background. Adam Caplan also reports that the Bucs will sign TE Cameron Brate, who went to Harvard after a successful career as a high school basketball player.

Brate, who stopped growing at 6'5", said in an interview that basketball was his preferred sport, but he knew his best chance to make it to the pros was in football. At his Pro Day, Brate ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.77 seconds, and added in a 33.5 inch vertical leap. He scored 18 touchdowns in three years with the Crimson.

These moves theoretically put the Bucs over the 90-man roster limit, but since neither addition has been confirmed, we can assume that a corresponding move to cut a player from the active roster is coming in the near future.

So the Bucs added a quarterback experienced in throwing footballs into basketball hoops, and a former hoops star who made the switch to playing football full-time. They're really not going to let this "Dunkaneers" thing go any time soon, are they?