More names for Bucs rookie minicamp, including Cal RB
We should get an official list at some point today, but more names are trickling in as Bucs undrafted rookie free agents, starting with one of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford's former players at Cal, running back Brendan Bigelow.
Bigelow, who left for the draft as an underclassman but was not selected, is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior with limited stats -- just 877 career rushng yards -- but impressive speed in flashes during his career. Take the 2012 Cal game at Ohio State -- he went off for 160 yards on four carries, with touchdowns of 81 and 59 yards. The first was the longest touchdown run by an opponent in the 90-yard history of Ohio Stadium at the time. Bigelow reportedly ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at Cal's pro day, even with a tweaked hamstring.
Bigelow saw some work at receiver this past season, so there's some of the same pass-catching versatility the Bucs have in third-round rookie Charles Sims of West Virginia.
Another signing, confirmed through his agent, is former Virginia Tech offensive lineman Andrew Miller. Miller, 6-4 and 296 pounds, started every game as a senior at guard, but also started the previous two seasons at center -- that versatility could help him in the battle for a backup spot on the line. The Bucs drafted Tennessee State's Kadeem Edwards at guard, but he'll be in the mix with returning veterans for a backup role.
We'll continue to add names as we get them -- working to confirm a flurry of social-media congratulations to former Clearwater and Ole Miss linebacker Mike Marry. We're also starting to get names for tryout players, who aren't signed to contracts but will take part in this weekend's rookie minicamp with the hopes of landing such a deal. Former USF safety JaQuez Jenkins confirmed Monday he's a tryout player, and another former Lakewood star, Western Kentucky linebacker Baree Boyd, is also a tryout player, per Lakewood coach Cory Moore.