Former USF wide receiver Amarri Jackson was one of fifty-five players at the Buccaneer mini camp this weekend, with over 40 trying out to make the team. It's always a battle to make an NFL roster, but after a strong showing over the week-end, the former Bull said he signed a free-agent contract with the Buc's after the camp.
"Everything went great," said
At 6'5-207 pounds,
"I feel pretty good right now," said Amarri. "I just got to keep working, that's what you got to do to get good at this game."
Jackson who finished his career at USF with 891 yards receiving with 5 scores, 3 rushing touchdowns with 141 rushing yards, and also threw a touchdown against
"The hardest thing was getting used to the different play calling. Learning the calls and the routes, it was different from what I was used to."
The former Bull did say that by the end of camp things came much easier.
"The first day was tough, but after I got the playbook, and the formations down, everything became easier for me," said
The fact that he was offered a contract tells how he performed, but what does Amarri think of his performance?
"I worked hard like I always do," said
Jackson was the tallest receiver in camp, and throughout the weekend made some tough catches that caught the attention of Coach Gruden, and after the camp Amarri was happy for the opportunity to continue his playing days.
"I'm excited. I was the only receiver that they signed that I know of. I'm excited to keep playing football and I'm going to continue to push myself, and hopefully keep playing for as long as they want me to play it."
Amarri still has to compete to make the team and faces long odds to do so, but long odds and hard work is nothing new to him.
"I've been through a long road to get where I am," said Amarri. "I had to do it my whole life, through high school and at USF this is just another challenge for me to overcome."
"On and off the field the staff really helped me, said
There has been no official release from the Buccaneers yet, but Amarri said he will report to the next Buc's camp on the 18th of this month.
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