Former USF TE Evan Landi will "get a shot" with Bucs
Among the several Tampa-area players invited to this weekend's Bucs rookie mini camp, former Plant star quarterback Robert Marve got most of the hype.
But it's former USF tight end Evan Landi who appears most likely to actually battle for a spot on the Tampa Bay roster.
Landi, a 6-foot-3, 236-pounder, signed as an undrafted free agent last week. But he's already been very familiar to coach Greg Schiano, the former Rutgers coach, from summer camps and playing against him in the Big East.
"I go way back with Evan," Schiano said Saturday. "I was always a fan of his. We used to play against him. He kind of does everything, did everything for (USF). Now he's settling into one deal, and I think he's got potential. He's got to learn the stuff and see how he can compete with the guys on the roster, but he's going to get a shot."
With veteran Dallas Clark not being re-signed, the Bucs still have some opportunity for the tight end spot. They still have Luke Stocker, and signed former Packer Tom Crabtree. And Landi said the Bucs first showed interest at a local workout prior to the draft.
"It's a dream come true," Landi said. "When (Schiano) gave me the opportunit with the Tampa Bay Bucs, it was the best fit for me.
"I'm just going to compete as hard as I can, try to learn the system and then watch the older guys and veterans."
There's still no guarantee Landi makes the roster out of training camp, but he's relishing his chance.
"Coach Schiano had mentioned, right now we're on an NFL team," Landi said., "Just to be able to say that is a great accomplishment."