When you look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad, there are some familiar names and faces. Guys like quarterback Ryan Griffin, wide receiver Jaydon Mickens, and safety Andrew Adams.
The funny thing about Adams though, is he’s one of the few players on this year’s practice squad - for now - who came to the team after being released by another NFL franchise.
Let’s recap for those who might be a bit confused.
Even though many Bucs fans don’t remember Adams prior to 2018 when he intercepted Cam Newton (then of the Carolina Panthers) three times in one game, he actually started his career with the New York Giants in 2016 and 17.
He then spent three seasons with the Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl with the team this past February. In March, Adams signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $1.1M with a guaranteed signing bonus of $65k.
So, that’s where Adams spent his summer. In Philadelphia. Well, then the Eagles made Adams one of their cuts after the preseason, and he came back to the place he’s seen his best NFL production so far.
“Always good when you can get a veteran player who’s played for you and get him back,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told the media when discussing Adams joining the practice squad. “...you can plug him in quickly. We’ll see what his role becomes, but it was real good to have that safety net back in there.”
Adams wasn’t the only ‘outsider’ added to this year’s practice squad from another NFL team Arians was asked, and commented, about on Thursday.
“We liked what he did on tape,” Arians said of new Bucs tight end Deon Yelder who was with the Tennessee Titans most recently. “He’s a good all-around tight end. So we’ll get a real good look at him and see if we can get him ready to play.”
Notably, Yelder was with the Kansas City Chiefs when they lost to these Bucs in Super Bowl LV. But he isn’t the only former AFC champion joining the Tampa Bay practice squad as the team brought aboard running back, Darwin Thompson.
“So far what I’ve seen is a ton of quickness,” Arians said of Thompson. “He’s not real big, but he’s very, very elusive and quick. Again, [he’s] more of a pass-catching type guy but just very elusive.”
Given the stacked offensive backfield the Bucs have it’s unlikely Thompson will see any in-game action this year. But the team also has three running backs with expiring contracts at the end of this season (Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette, and Giovanni Bernard), so the opportunity to grow for future potential, may be there.
It’s good to hear from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach about why these new additions were so attractive to the team. Now let’s hope we don’t see any of them playing on game days, in 2021.