Bucs sign 255-pound ex-Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks
The Bucs went nearly all of 2016 without a traditional fullback on roster, but they continue to explore their options for next season, signing former Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks to a futures contract on Tuesday.
Hicks has good size at 6-foot-1, 255 pounds -- he missed last season recovering from an ACL injury suffered in December 2015 before his final game with the Bulldogs. Hicks is the second fullback to join the Bucs in the past month, following former Saints fullback Austin Johnson, who played on special teams in the Bucs' season finale.
Hicks is a former high school defensive tackle, and helped block for Todd Gurley at Georgia -- he finished his four-year career with 23 carries for 166 yards and 12 catches for 132 yards. The Titans were to sign him as an undrafted rookie last spring, but he failed a physical and has not been with any NFL teams since.
Check out this highlight video and you'll see him hurdle an opponent (around 1:20) and break outside for a nice run (around 1:50) while at Georgia.
The Bucs used fullback Jorvorskie Lane sparingly (three touches in 16 games) when Dirk Koetter was offensive coordinator in 2015, and used tight ends as their fullbacks this past season, but as they work to improve their running game for 2017, it's clear they're at least considering the possibility of carrying a fullback next season.