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Bucs add UC-Davis TE Sloat to practice squad

Published Oct. 1, 2014

One more minor transaction to share from Tuesday night, as the Bucs have signed rookie tight end Taylor Sloat of UC-Davis to their practice squad.

Davis, who had attended the Bucs' rookie minicamp after the draft in May, takes the spot of tight end Ian Thompson, another undrafted rookie who'd joined the practice squad a week earlier. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder had 22 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns as a UC-Davis senior last year, after getting 30 for 428 and two scores as a junior in 2012.

UC-Davis had a strong Jeff Tedford presence last year -- after his firing at Cal after the 2012 season, running game coordinator Ron Gould got the UC-Davis job and brought several Cal assistants with him. Three young assistants then left UC-Davis for the Bucs staff this year, including Sloat's position coach, Ben Steele, who is now the Bucs' offensive quality control coach.

Sloat joins Harvard's Cameron Brate as the tight ends on the practice squad, and the Bucs also signed former Falcons WR Kevin Cone, active on special teams with Atlanta last season, to the practice squad Tuesday. The Bucs have already promoted four practice-squad players to the 53-man roster in the last month in CB Brandon Dixon, WR Solomon Patton, LB Brandon Magee and QB Mike Kafka.