Bucs sign former UCF, Jaguars RB Storm Johnson
Adding to their depth before Thursday's NFL draft, the Bucs on Monday signed former Miami, UCF and Jaguars running back Storm Johnson, who will compete for a backup job in Tampa Bay this fall.
Johnson, 23, was out of the NFL last season after being among the Jaguars' final cuts. He rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2014 after being drafted in the seventh round. Johnson started his college career at Miami -- he had a 71-yard touchdown run against USF -- but finished at UCF, where he rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. He is listed at 5-foot-10 and 216 pounds and worked out for the Bucs last week before signing Monday.
The Bucs have limited depth at running back -- Pro Bowler Doug Martin will start and third-year pro Charles Sims is a strong backup, but after that, the only other running back on roster was another former Miami running back, Mike James, who was on the Bucs' practice squad in 2015 after limited action in 2014. The Bucs are likely to carry three running backs this fall, with James and Johnson competing with rookies for the third job after Tampa Bay opted not to re-sign last year's No. 3, Bobby Rainey.