Bucs work out offensive possibilities

The Buccaneers may be looking for some offensive help other than running back, if Tuesday's tryouts at One Buc Place are any indication. A league source informed Bucsblitz.com what out-of-work NFL players made their way to One Buc Place for a workout.

Personnel notes, 1:04 p.m.

A few housekeeping moves from earlier this week. The Buccaneers cut RB Lionel Gates to make room for Michael Bennett, and then signed RB Kenneth Darby and DE Marquies Gunn of Auburn. The Buccaneers also released FB Byron Storer from the practice squad.

Also, find out who the Bucs tried out on Tuesday at One Buc Place, including a wide receiver with NFL experience by linking to this premium piece.

A league source informed Bucsblitz.com that the Buccaneers tried out nine players on Tuesday at One Buc Place, including two wide receivers with NFL experience.

Doug Gabriel, a former Raider and Patriot, was the most noteworthy player to try out.

Gabriel, a five-year veteran, has 101 career catches for 1,550 yards and eight touchdowns. He spent last season in Oakland, where he spent four of his five NFL seasons.

The Buccaneers have not publicly expressed an interest in a wide receiver, but aside from Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard, the position has not produced much statistically. Michael Clayton, the third-best wide receiver statistically, has five catches to Hilliard's 27 and Galloway's 22 through six games.

The Buccaneers also worked out former Florida wide receiver Taylor Jacobs. San Francisco released the five-year veteran earlier this month. He had 37 career catches for Washington and San Francisco.

The Buccaneers also worked out three tight ends, an obvious nod to Alex Smith's injury situation. Clark Harris is a rookie who played at Rutgers, but has not made a NFL roster yet. Brad Cieslak spent two seasons with Buffalo, but failed to make the final roster after the preseason in August. Former University of Miami product Buck Ortega also tried out. He signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in May.

Other wide receivers that tried out for Tampa Bay were Texas Tech product Carlos Francis, Clemson product Derrick Hamilton and Texas El-Paso wide receiver David Sutton. Monmouth quarterback Mitch Tanney also tried out.


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and has won national awards for his Buccaneers coverage from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is also a contributor to the Scot Brantley Show from 4-7 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1490-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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