Bucs Lock Up Athletic FreakMay 13th, 2014
The Texas A&M man who caught balls from Johnny Football and chased him in practice — and one of the few who could catch him — is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneeer.
That would be linebacker Nate Askew, the freakish converted wide receiver.
Lovie Smith openly craves speed at linebacker and treasures elite athletes. Askew brings all of that, with 4.46 speed from his 6-4, 241-pound frame with a 38-inch vertical leap.
Yet another guy ready to suit for the NFL’s best basketball team.
Askew was one of 11 undrafted free agents and the only linebacker inked by the Bucs over the past few days.
Why wasn’t Askew drafted? Well, Askew wasn’t much of a linebacker, but he only played the position one year in college. As a receiver for the Aggies, the drops plagued him, so don’t look for a conversion there, though he might make quite a receiving target for trickery on special teams.
Really, special teams is Askew’s ticket to making the Bucs’ final roster.