Bucs promote Zack Grossi, hire ex-TE Alex Smith as scout
Days after promoting Ben Steele to become the Bucs' new tight ends coach, the team has made several corresponding moves to its coaching and scouting staff, starting with former Jefferson quarterback Zack Grossi being promoted to become an offensive quality control coach.
Grossi, 27, is a 2009 Jefferson graduate who played at Concord University and has had a quick rise with the Bucs since 2014, first as a scouting assistant, then a pro scout, then spending last season as assistant to the head coach.
In other moves:
-- Former Bucs tight end Alex Smith, who played four of his 11 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay, has been added as a pro scout. Smith had worked with the Bucs in training camp last year as part of the Nunn-Wooten minority scouting internship program, which works to help former players transition into scouting roles. Smith, 34, last played with the Redskins in 2015.
-- Anthony Perkins, 28, who worked with the Bucs in training camp last summer as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, has been hired to replace Grossi as assistant to the head coach. Perkins has worked the last two years as the secondary coach at Ohio University, and two years before that at Indiana State. He played at Colorado as a defensive back before getting into coaching in 2012.
-- Skyler Fulton, another Walsh fellow last summer who has continued to work with the Bucs as an intern, has been added as an offensive assistant. Fulton, 34, played receiver at Arizona State from 2001-03 when Dirk Koetter was the head coach there, catching 62 passes for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He was briefly on roster with the Seahawks in 2006, and worked last fall as the receivers and special-teams coach at Citrus College in California.