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Bucs to bring in Derek Carr, another top QB in draft

TAMPA — The Bucs continue to bring in the top quarterback prospects in next month's draft, confirming Friday that Fresno State's Derek Carr will visit One Buc Place on Wednesday.

He'll be the fourth one to visit the Bucs in a 10-day span, following Louisville's Teddy Bridge­water, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

Carr has close ties to Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, who he has known the 23-year-old since his brother David played for Tedford at Fresno State (1997-2001). Carr also trained with Tedford after last season, before he joined the Bucs under new coach Lovie Smith.

The team hosted 26 draft prospects Friday who played locally in high school or college; the Bucs only confirmed hosting former Plant High and Florida State running back James Wilder, son of the team's all-time leading rusher.

Seven others were confirmed as being in attendance: lineman Jon Halapio (St. Petersburg Catholic and Florida), lineman Will Latu (Gibbs and Abilene Christian), receiver Bernard Reedy (Lakewood and Toledo), athlete Jeremy Deering (Leto and Rutgers), lineman Matt Patchan (Armwood, Florida and Boston College), defensive end Ryne Giddins (Armwood and USF) and defensive back Fidel Montgomery (USF).

On the defensive: Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there: "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up." Police say Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were with the woman at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives. The police say it's too early to determine whether a crime was committed.

Browns: The team matched the Jaguars' offer for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, keeping one of its top players.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Bucs to bring in Derek Carr, another top QB in draft 04/11/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2014 8:56pm]
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