New Faces Include A Frazier Cornerback

June 10th, 2014

leslie frazier 0104The Bucs will have six new, live bodies on the field this afternoon for the kickoff of the three-day mandatory minicamp at steamy One Buc Palace.

Joe’s especially interested in the connections of two.

Cornerback Kip Edwards is one of the six tryout players. He’s finished 2013 on the Vikings practice squad and was re-signed by the team but cut last week.

A former cornerback with a Super Bowl ring himself, Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was the Vikings head coach last season and surely is intimately familiar with Edwards, who is one of the “long” athletic corner types Lovie Smith seems to crave. He is 6-0 or 6-1, depending on who’s measuring, and is an athletic dude at 195 pounds with good speed.

Joe’s not overhyping Edwards, but the Bucs take their cornerback evaluation and coaching seriously. Lovie Smith is a former secondary coach, Frazier, too. And current cornerbacks coach Gil Byrd is a former Pro Bowler. They see something in Edwards, who was an undrafted free agent last year out of Missouri.

Another guy to ponder is defensive tackle Ronald Talley, who was a bottom-of-the-roster guy the past few seasons in Arizona, where Bucs general manager Jason Licht was the No. 2 man.

Here’s the full list of tryout players from Buccaneers.com.

Player

Pos.

College

Anthony Dye

S

UCLA

Kip Edwards

CB

Missouri

T.J. Fatinikun

LB

Toledo

David Gettis

WR

Baylor

Ronald Talley

DT

Delaware

Kirby Van Der Kamp

P

Iowa State

 

14 Responses to “New Faces Include A Frazier Cornerback”

  1. Harry Says:

    hmmmm, no guards? I guess they are comfortable. I would not expect to find a starter or even a major contributor, but I am a little surprised

  2. Formaggio Says:

    Would have liked to have seen a guard (or 3) on this list.

  3. Orca Says:

    What about the punter? That’s the only roster position without competition at this time… Does this Van Der Kamp dude have a chance?

  4. Macabee Says:

    Orca,

    Excerpts from the Iowa State Daily:

    Van Der Kamp was a four-year starter at Iowa State. He was selected as a Freshman-All American in 2010, averaging more than 45 yards per punt during his first season at Iowa State, which is the second-best yardage average for a punter in school history.

    A Second Team All-Big 12 selection in 2013, Van Der Kamp has placed 99 punts inside the 20-yard line throughout his career and has netted punts of more than 50 yards on 71 occasions. He has punted the ball 289 total times during his collegiate career, which is the most in Big 12 conference history.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Van Der Kamp could have a shot because of the high price for Koenen. He wasn’t drafted but was ranked the number one punter.

  6. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Kirby Van Der ‘Gets cut right after’ Kamp

  7. You Go Joe Says:

    I know Koenen performance wasn’t stellar last year and having someone who can match his poor performance or better for the chap will be a plus. Just like a few I’m also surprise no Guards came in. Either the players available are really bad compared to ours or our current guards are doing really good.

  8. Orca Says:

    ^^ They’re going with the guards on the roster unless a quality starter becomes available…

  9. James Says:

    What is the definition of a quality starter?

  10. Macabee Says:

    I would be impressed if Frazier signed 6 x pro bowl and 5 x all pro DT Kevin Williams, his old but dependable DT at the Vikings to a 1 year contract. Williams could rotate with McDonald next to McCoy on run/pass downs. Still got something in the tank (3.5 sacks in 2013) and can be had on a John Abraham-like contract.

    One old dude who knows how to play could add more experience and leadership to the D-Line. Frazier knows what this guy can do!

  11. Bear the Bucs Says:

    Don’t worry – The Bucs will raid other teams practice squads after the final preseason games. There will be plenty of good young guards available then at little cost.

  12. knucknbuc Says:

    Hopefully van Der kamp beats put koenan. Not only is koenan obscenely overpaid. He sucks I’d feel comfortable going with a rookie there koenan shanked more punts last year then I can remember any rookie doing. He’ll what Brent Bowden doing these days (the dude we picked over Greg hardy) maybe dum dum dominik left his number in his old desk at obp.

  13. OAR Says:

    What is the definition of a quality starter?….One that cranks with every turn of the ignition key!

  14. pick6 Says:

    we have more cap room than we can possibly make use of during the remainder of this offseason. i have zero concern over koenen’s salary or cap value in 2014

 
 

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