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Bucs name Embree as TEs coach

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January

The Bucs have filled another spot on Lovie Smith's staff with another former head coach, announcing Thursday that former Colorado coach Jon Embree will coach Tampa Bay's tight ends.

Embree served in the same role for Cleveland in 2013, and with Kansas City (2006-08) and Washington (2010) before a short stint as head coach at Colorado, his alma mater, in 2011-12. With Embree's hire, Smith has only one positional opening left on his staff: offensive line.

Embree got solid production this past season in Cleveland from Jordan Cameron, who finished second among NFL tight ends in receiving yards. The Bucs lost three tight ends  to season-ending injuries in 2013 in Luke Stocker, Nate Byham and Tom Crabtree, but got a surprise impact from undrafted rookie Tim Wright, who finished second on the team in receiving yards and touchdown catches.

The Bucs also named Dave Borgonzi as their defensive quality control coach -- he spent the last three seasons as an offensive assistant with the Cowboys, working on scouting reports for upcoming opponents and scout-team preparation during practices. He also worked at Harvard and Syracuse before going to Dallas.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:10pm]

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