Ex-USF guard Warren excited for reunions in Tampa
Jeremiah Warren started all 38 games in his final three seasons as an offensive lineman at USF, and the 26-year-old is excited to return to Tampa after being claimed off waivers by the Bucs on Tuesday.
"I had just gotten back home to see family and got the call out of nowhere. It was a blessing in disguise," Warren said from his home in Panama City. "I look forward to playing back in Raymond James Stadium again. It's just like coming home for me."
Warren, who will join the Bucs on Wednesday, was at USF from 2007-11 and has been close to the NFL in each of the last two seasons. He was cut in preseason by the Patriots in 2012 and spent the year on the team's practice squad, attended the Bucs' rookie minicamp in spring 2013, had brief offseason stints with the Cardinals and Saints and wound up spending 10 weeks last season on the Browns' practice squad.
His offensive line coach in Cleveland was George Warhop, who is now the Bucs' offensive line coach, so there's a familiarity there that could help him stick in Tampa, if only on the team's practice squad.
"I look forward to working with him again," Warren said. "I love his style of coaching, and I was able to pick up the offense pretty well. Overall, he's just a great coach all around."
Warren wasn't the only offensive guard acquired by the Bucs on Tuesday -- he's looking forward to working with Pro Bowler Logan Mankins, who he learned much from as a rookie with the Patriots in 2012.
"He was awesome," Warren said. "Me being up there with him, I definitely learned a lot from him. He plays left guard as well and he's a (six-time) Pro Bowler. I look forward to learning from him and being back under his tutelage again."