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Bucs sign four tryout players from weekend rookie minicamp

The team continues to add depth, and special teams competition, as its June minicamp looms.
Giants free safety Curtis Riley, left, tries to stop Bucs receiver Chris Godwin during a 2018 game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Bucs have signed Riley, who participated as a tryout player at the team's rookie minicamp over the weekend.
Giants free safety Curtis Riley, left, tries to stop Bucs receiver Chris Godwin during a 2018 game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Bucs have signed Riley, who participated as a tryout player at the team's rookie minicamp over the weekend. [ JULIO CORTEZ | Associated Press (2018) ]
Published May 16
Updated May 16

The Bucs have signed four tryout players from their weekend rookie minicamp that concluded Sunday, adding depth for next month’s mandatory minicamp.

The newest signees: tight end Jerell Adams (South Carolina), cornerback Antonio Hamilton (South Carolina State), running back Troymaine Pope (Jackson State) and safety Curtis Riley (Fresno State). The four were among 26 rookie minicamp participants.

The team’s mandatory minicamp is set for June 7-9.

Riley, 28, has appeared in 49 NFL games with five teams over five seasons. He was the Giants’ opening day starter at free safety in 2018, and recorded four of his five career interceptions that season, when he also had 75 tackles. He returned one of the picks — against Washington’s Mark Sanchez — for a touchdown.

Adams, 28, has played in 30 NFL games, 29 of them with the Giants in 2016 and 2017. He has 24 career catches for 214 yards and a touchdown. He has spent parts of the last three seasons on practice squads with the Texans, Saints, Ravens and Lions.

Hamilton, 28, has 50 career tackles in parts of five NFL seasons with the Giants, Raiders and Chiefs. He spent the 2020 season with the Chiefs, appearing on special teams in their 27-24 regular season win against the Bucs and 31-9 loss to them in Super Bowl 55.

Pope, 28, has appeared in 24 NFL games, including 20 with the Chargers over the last two seasons. He has 11 career catches (including a touchdown) on 15 targets, and averaged 20.6 yards on 14 kick returns in 2019.

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