Tampa Bay Buccaneers Grab 14 Free Agents: Is There Another Donald Penn?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 30, 2012

Zach Collaros once ran for a 75-yard TD at Raymond James.
Zach Collaros once ran for a 75-yard TD at Raymond James.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just gave 14 guys their dream shot. That's 14 fellas who didn't get the call they were hoping for last Thursday or Friday, or even Saturday, for that matter.

This is the crapshoot, the way scouting departments earn their keep. This is where the real stories in the National Football League begin to develop. This is undrafted free agency at its best.

This is where Donald Penn and LeGarrette Blount came from. This is where the New England Patriots found 18 guys who made their 53-man roster last year.

This is where Demar Dotson (tackle), Derek Hardman (G), Devin Holland (S), George Johnson (DE), Mossis Madu (RB) and Preston Parker (WR) came from.

The Bucs formalized the 14 on Monday. They brought in a couple of USF guys—Chaz Hine, who can play guard or center, or even tackle if you ask him, and Quenton Washington, a corner.

Greg Schiano brought in old Rutgers warhorse Desmond Wynn, a guard who got beat up often and endured a lot of injuries. There's another Big East guy, Zach Collaros, the quarterback from Cincinnati who once paralyzed one of Jim Leavitt's USF teams with a 75-yard run right over there at Raymond James.

There's another West Virginia guy to join Najee Goode and Keith Tandy, and that would be Tyler Urban, 6'5", 249 pounds and no relation to Keith.

There's another Boise guy to go with Doug Martin, and that's wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker, no relation to Willie.

If you like big fullbacks, there's Cody Johnson from Texas, 5'11", 255 pounds and no truth to the rumor that he ties rope around his waist and pulls Jeeps around the campus.

That's a few of the 14. Add the seven draft picks, and you get a lucky 21.

The Bucs will have a rookie mini-camp later this week. No doubt they'll add some more prospects for a quick look, figuring out who might get invited to camp this summer, where the Bucs can have 90 bodies on hand.

On cue, the temperatures will jump into the upper 80s this week.


Only tough guys need show up.