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Buccaneers hire Alex Smith, make other coaching moves

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced a bunch of front office and coaching moves today, as they prepare for free agency and the draft. The team hired Skyler Fulton as offensive assistant, Anthony Perkins as assistant to the head coach and former Bucs tight end Alex Smith as pro scout. They also named Danny Breyer to the position of defensive assistant, while moving Zach Grossi from assistant to the head coach to offensive quality control.

Of these, Smith is probably the best known to Bucs fans. He was originally a third-round pick for them way back in 2005, and managed to hang around the league for a whopping 11 years despite never really standing out in his play as a tight end.

Fulton also has some NFL experience (read: being on a roster), but never appeared in an NFL game. He’s one of the team’s Bill Wals Diversity Coaching Fellows. Perkins was Ohio University’s cornerbacks coach the past two years, and spent his playing career at the University of Colorado. He also coached the Indiana State secondary for two years.

Breyer was an analytics assistant with the Bucs last season, and apparently did well enough to earn a promotion. Grossi was the assistant to the head coach last year, and is taking over Ben Steele’s job as offensive quality control coach. Steele is the team’s new tight ends coach, after Jon Embree left for the San Francisco 49ers.