TAMPA — Bruce Anderson is coming home and has a great chance to earn a spot on the Bucs’ roster as a third-down running back.
The North Dakota State and Newsome High star who was a part of three Division I-AA national championship teams tops the list of undrafted rookies to sign with the Bucs.
Anderson averaged 7.5 yards a carry last season, totaling 924 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 199 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. He showed his pass-catching abilities during his pro day at North Dakota State.
Gone is third down back Jacquizz Rodgers. Second-year pro Ronald Jones is not a good pass catcher and starter Peyton Barber isn’t going to play all three downs. The competition is second-year RB Shaun Wilson.
As a junior, Anderson ran for 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns, and had 156 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
Here are the other signings of undrafted free agents by the Bucs based on the players’ confirmation on Twitter and various media reports.
South Carolina G Zack Bailey — Bucs did not address the offensive line in the draft so Bailey has a good opportunity
Charleston DE Kahzin Daniels — Only one edge rusher was drafted by the Bucs this season
Boston College S Lukas Denis — Crowded field at safety but status of S Justin Evans is still unknown
Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald ― Bucs always bring four QBs to training camp
Indiana LS Dan Godsil — Need position in the league and for training camp with two practices expected simultaneously
Ole Miss WR DaMarkus Lodge — Don’t sleep on Lodge. Deep WR group but only one drafted with Adam Humphries departure
UCF P Mac Loudermilk — Long shot with Bucs free agent signing of 49ers free agent Bradley Pinion
UConn QB (Athlete) David Pindell ― Will compete as an athlete.
Fordham TE Isaiah Searight — Bucs have three very solid TEs in Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and Antony Auclair
Ferris State WR Malik Taylor — Special teams will be key
Wisconsin-Whitewater C Nate Trewyn — The Bucs have Ryan Jensen as the starter and Evan Smith recovering from a hip injury
Richmond WR Cortrelle Simpson — A 5-foot-11, 185-pound Simpson will also compete as a kick returner