Bucs bring in six tryout players for minicamp
The Bucs open a three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday afternoon, and as general manager Jason Licht continues to tweak the bottom of his 90-man roster, the team has six players in as tryout players as well.
The most familiar name is former Iowa State punter Kirby van der Kamp, who we wrote about last month when he came in during the Bucs' rookie minicamp as a tryout player but wasn't given a contract. The Bucs have only one punter on roster in returning starter Michael Koenen, but a solid three days could get the rookie in as a challenger for preseason camp next month. The others:
WR David Gettis: The most accomplished of the six, Gettis had 37 catches for 508 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2010 with the Panthers, who drafted him in the sixth round. Good size at 6-3, 220 pounds, he missed 2011 with a torn ACL and hasn't had a catch in the NFL since. He was signed by the Redskins in January, but cut last month. Bucs will already be cutting WRs who played for them last year.
DL Ronald Talley: Bucs listed him as a DT, NFL lists him as a big DE at 6-3, 286 pounds. Licht knows him from Arizona, where Talley played during the last three seasons, totaling 14 tackles and one sack in limited action. He played at Notre Dame and Delaware in college -- this is one position where a new signee would have a chance to make the 53-man roster, with limited depth at defensive tackle.
DB Tony Dye: Former UCLA safety spent 2012 on injured reserve with an ankle injury, had one tackle for the Bengals last season. Signed with the Raiders in January only to be cut last month.
CB Kip Edwards: Former Missouri corner has gotten looks from the Browns, Bills and Vikings but never played in an NFL game.
LB T.J. Fatinikun: Native Nigerian played at Toledo and has played this spring in the Arena Football League, both with the Portland Thunder (16 tackles, 2.5 sacks in 9 games) and in the past month with the Orlando Predators (four tackles, 0.5 sacks in two games). Linebacker's another position where an undrafted rookie could make the 53, so worth a look ...