Bucs open off-season program, Bridgewater visit and more
Bucs coach Lovie Smith addressed his players for the first time as a group Monday as the team began its off-season workout program.
The Bucs also received a visit from one player who could possibly join them soon - Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Each team is allowed to bring up to 30 players to the team's headquarters for a pre-draft visit. The Bucs plan to visit with other highly-rated quarterbacks such as Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr.
Bridgewater, a Miami native, passed for just shy of 4,000 yards last season, completing 71.0% of his passes with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions while leading Louisville to a 12-1 record.
On Monday, the Bucs also added to their list of candidates to play opposite receiver Vincent Jackson.
The team officially announced the signing of former Titans and Chargers receiver Lavelle Hawkins and former Bears safety Major Wright. In 56 games career games with four starts, Hawkins has 71 receptions for 771 yards and one touchdown. He played for Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford at California.
With the trade of Mike Williams to Buffalo Friday for a sixth-round pick in May's NFL draft, the Bucs will choose a No. 2 receiver from a list that includes Hawkins, Skye Dawson, Eric Page, Louis Murphy, Chis Owusu, Russell Shepard and Tommy Streeter.
Wright played three of his four seasons with the Bears under Smith. In Chicago, the former Florida star started 42-of-54 career games, totaling 253 tackles, 18 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine interceptions, with three returned for touchdowns.