Evan Landi Likely To Get “A Shot”

May 5th, 2013


Just like in business, it’s good to network in football.

Former South Florida tight end Evan Landi and Bucs coach Greg Schiano go back a ways. Landi attended Schiano’s summer camps when Schiano ran the Scarlet Knights program at Rutgers.

Then, Schiano’s squads would have to face the Bulls and Landi annually. So when the Bucs began signing undrafted free agents last week, Landi was already on Schiano’s radar.

“I go way back with Evan,” Schiano said. “I was always a fan of his. He kind of does everything. I think he’s got potential.”

Landi does pretty much do everything. He was offered a professional hockey contract coming out of high school but decided to stay with football. A quarterback at Coral Gables High School, Landi was converted to a tight end at South Florida. In his final game with the Bulls against Pittsburgh, Landi ran the ball, caught a pass and threw a completion.

Now Joe doesn’t expect Landi to see a whole lot of playing time if he makes the final 53-man roster, an uphill battle for any undrafted free agent.

If somehow Landi does make the final cut, Joe sees Landi as being a special teams handyman, being able to do all sorts of things given his athletic versatility.

13 Responses to “Evan Landi Likely To Get “A Shot””

  1. K_bassuka Says:

    And why is this news???

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Hockey? And tight end?

    I would try him at fullback too. Wouldn’t be the first time a TE moved to FB. And he’s use to hitting 😉

  3. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    they just signed WR Chris Denton from rookie sqiad

  4. Biff Barker Says:

    Longshot. Nice feel good story though.

  5. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    CB Brenden Smith just signed

  6. DjoshFreeman Says:

    Really surprised this kid wasn’t a later round pick…seemed to do all that was asked of him in a struggling pass offense with a mediocre line.good blocking skills and decent with his hands.landi feels home in tampa in his home stadium.hopefully he’ll get a shot to fulfill that dream of walking onto that field in red and pewter instead of green and gold

  7. JSmalls Says:

    He was better before Skip got there. Seems a popular theme of the Holts nee era.

  8. Lev Says:

    After watching highlights of this guy I am impressed

  9. Biff Barker Says:

    Why does everybody want to convert tweeners, re:Lorig, to a fullback?
    If we want a real fulback, then get a real fullback.

  10. Macabee Says:


    I get the signing of Chris Denton as he was one of the players invited to attend rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. But Branden Smith, along with 12 other UDFAs signed his contract last Monday. Not doubting your report, just trying to keep up with whose on first in the absence of any official Buc release, which they usually take their time with.


  11. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Looks pretty good……catches ball well in traffic….good hands….can get open. Go Golden Brahmans/Bulls!!!

  12. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    He is more of a WR with good blocking ability than a TE to me.

  13. Sneedy16 Says:

    He looks like a slower version of Aaron Hernandez.

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