Bucs weighing possible signees from rookie minicamp
The Bucs already havve begun the task of evaluating which of the 57 tryout prospects from this weekend’s rookie mini-camp have earned the right to join the active roster.
While we don’t yet know who will make the cut (but pay particular attention to offensive and defensive linemen), it’s clear from talking with general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano that there will be some roster changes based on the performance of some players during the past two days.
“It is tough (to make the cut),” Schiano said. “It’s tough to get invited to a tryout. Forget actually getting signed to a contract. The one thing that I’ve told all these guys, and I mean it, is. . . we really are going to evaluate.
“We aren’t going to ignore all the history of their film that they had and careers that they had, but we’re really going to put a lot of stock into this weekend because we get to coach them.”
The Bucs had all their draft picks and each of their 13 college free agents participating this weekend, but the overwhelming majority were here on a tryout basis. They’re assured of nothing and receive no compensation outside of room and board and a plane ticket.
But the Bucs aren’t shy about adding tryout players to their roster. They signed a whopping 13 to the 90-man active roster after last year’s rookie camp, with tight end Danny Noble among those to actually spend time on the regular-season 53-man roster.
“If we feel you’re going to be a better member of that 90-man roster, we’re not afraid to make changes,” Schiano said. “I don’t know about before, but it was done last year and it’ll be done here again tonight.”
For some of those not signed to contracts, this could mark the end of their football careers. That’s perhaps true for players like former Purdue and Tampa Plant High star quarterback Robert Marve, who was among the players in camp who is not expected to be retained.
“Those are tough decisions because every one of those kids loves football and wants to keep playing,” Schiano said. “And when you (cut them), it makes it harder for them.”