Bucs head coach Lovie Smith finally got his hands on this year's rookie draft class, plus some.
The Bucs will hold a three-day rookie camp this Friday through Sunday. They will host 50 players, including 6 of this year's draft picks. Two dozen players will be trying to make the training camp roster off tryout contracts.
This is an opportunity for college players who were overlooked during last week’s draft to show the Bucs and the other teams in the league that they belong at the next level.
During Smith’s days coaching the Chicago Bears, he says it wasn’t uncommon for undrafted players picked up from rookie camps to end up starting later in the year.
The main focus for this camp is to get the Bucs draft picks acclimated to the way things are done at One Buc Place. Most eyes will be on first-round pick Mike Evans and second-round pick, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Those two players are expected to make an immediate impact for the Bucs this fall.
For Jenkins, he only has three days to work out at the facility, as NFL rules prohibit players from practicing with the team if their school has not gone through graduation.
The Bucs signed 13 undrafted college players and the rest will be under tryout contracts. Included in the rookie group are five players from the University of South Florida- defensive ends Ryne Giddins and Julius Forte, safeties Jacquez Jenkins and Mark Joyce and cornerback Brandon Salinas.
The closed practices are Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1:30 - 3:30. Sunday's schedule has yet to be determined.
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