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McCargo hoping for new start as Bucs look for DL depth



New acquisition John McCargo participated in this morning's Bucs practice at One Buc Place, and he's hoping it was the start of something new.

Signing McCargo, a free agent inked Saturday to augment the depth on the defensive line, became necessary because the defensive tackle position has been beset by injuries in the past couple of weeks. With reserve defensive tackle E.J. Wilson being placed on injured reserve with an Achilles injury and with Brian Price (pelvis) and Roy Miller (knee) still sidelined, the Bucs had an obvious need.

That worked in McCargo's favor. The Bills' 2006 first-round pick has been seeking a chance to revive his career, and the Bucs will give him that opportunity.

"He’s a guy that’s been followed (by the front office) since 2006," coach Raheem Morris said. "(General manager) Mark Dominik did a lot of work on him. (Defensive line coach) Keith Millard had a little familiarity with him. He’s a guy who did a nice job working out and filled a role that we can use right now with the injury to E.J.

"Another guy that adds to the competition. Another guy to add to the mix."

Said McCargo: "I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to have another opportunity to play this game. I’m just excited to be on the team. I’m going to come out here and work hard and try to make the squad.

"I’m looking at it like a potential new start. My career hasn’t gone the way that I wanted it to go so far, but I’m looking forward to a fresh start. A new team and a new place. I’m going to go out there, go hard and be the player that I know I can be."

[Last modified: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:50pm]


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