Pass-rush help? Bucs taking look at DE Lamarr Houston
Bucs players are off today as the final full day of their mini-bye, but the team is busy at One Buc Place, hosting not only a half-dozen kickers but also unsigned defensive end Lamarr Houston, who could be a boost to Tampa Bay's pass rush.
Houston, 30, is coming back from a second ACL injury -- he tore his right ACL in 2014 and his left in 2016, and was cut by the Bears in preseason. When healthy, he's been a solid pass-rusher, getting eight sacks for Chicago in 2015 between his knee injuries. Houston is listed at 6-foot-3, 274 pounds, and was an outside linebacker with the Bears but would be a defensive end in the Bucs defense.
The Bucs have only four sacks in their first four games -- three came in Thursday's loss to the Patriots -- and the pass rush may have taken another hit as Ryan Russell dislocated his shoulder in Thursday's game. There has been no word on any additional damage that may have been sustained in the injury.
Houston played his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders -- totaling 16 sacks and four forced fumbles -- and signed with the Bears in 2014. He was limited to 26 games in three seasons in Chicago. His visit to the Bucs was first reported by NFL Network.