Meet the Bucs rookies: West Chester TE Tim Brown
The Bucs' battle for a fourth tight end is a complicated one -- first, whether they'll carry one -- but one challenger to veteran Brandon Myers and practice-squad prospect Tevin Westbrook is undrafted rookie free agent Tim Brown of West Chester in Pennsylvania.
Brown is yet another small-school standout the Bucs have scouted and signed -- he put up prolific numbers at the Division II school as a junior, getting 53 catches for 1,059 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds, and went under the radar a bit because he broke his tibia midway through his senior year -- he finished with 33 catches for 444 yards and five touchdowns, but then had to spend four months with his leg in a cast. He was able to run at pro days this spring and should be able to practice fine with the Bucs at rookie minicamp.
"It's been a dream come true," said Brown, who went to community college before landing at West Chester. "It's the best feeling in the world."
Brown talked to a Bucs scout at West Chester practices, then again at Penn State pro day, where he caught passes from Christian Hackenberg, and again at Villanova's pro day, where he talked to him for about 45 minutes after his workout.
The Bucs had an undrafted rookie from West Chester last year in defensive back Al-Hajj Shabazz, who held his own but didn't make it through final cuts -- he's now on roster with the Steelers. Brown also is from Upper Darby, same hometown as former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, and the two have talked before.
With a lower-level college player, teams want to see dominance from prospects, and Brown liked that he stepped up in West Chester's biggest games -- in the 2014 playoffs, he went off, with seven catches for 164 yards and three scores in a win over Slippery Rock, then nine catches for 216 and two scores in a loss to Concord.