TAMPA — David Kenney made sure he got noticed. One of 27 players during the Bucs’ rookie minicamp last weekend, he hadn’t played football since 2015. But he consistently kept getting to the quarterback.
“He gets to come back Tuesday," coach Bruce Arians said, meaning Kenney will be part of the 90-man roster which begins organized team activities. “When you get past the quarterback on just about every play, that catches everybody’s attention. Let’s see if he can do it against the next group.”
Kenney was among four tryout players signed by the Bucs out of rookie minicamp, including Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon, North Texas tackle Riley Mayfield and Illinois State receiver Spencer Schnell.
Kenney is a former four-star recruit out of Pike High School in Indianapolis, an all-state player who got offers from all over the Big 10 and SEC. He played one season at Indiana, recording nine tackles and no sacks. But academic problems forced his transfer to Illinois State, a Division II program where he played in 2015 with 11 tackles and a sack in seven games.
The next few years were spent with unsuccessful tryouts for three teams in the Canadian Football League.
To make room for these tryout players, the Bucs released tackle Israel Helms and Malik Taylor and waived/injured tight end Isaiah Searight and running back Kerwynn Williams.