Bucs Sign Tackle Jace DanielsMay 6th, 2013
Joe’s not big on small-time Bucs transactions, but this one is intriguing given the below average play (for a starter) of right tackle Demar Dotson last year and the fact that the Bucs didn’t draft an offensive lineman.
Per a small Michigan newspaper called The Mining Journal, the Bucs have signed tackle Jace Daniels out of this past weekend’s rookie minicamp.
The Buccaneers have not officially announced the signing of Daniels yet. With 90 players currently on the roster, the team will have to release someone to make room for Daniels.
The NMU senior 6-foot-4, 300-pound left tackle started all 11 games for NMU during his junior and senior years, earning All-GLIAC second-team honors in 2011 and first-team accolades in 2012.
If the Buccaneers decided not to keep Daniels after this weekend’s rookie camp, the 2009 Escanaba graduate also had an invite to the New York Giants’ rookie camp this week.
For those unfamiliar with Northern Michigan University, that’s Division II football in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Obviously, Daniels is a long shot for the Bucs roster, but perhaps the Bucs are confident stud offensive line coach Bob Bostad sees an opportunity to develop Daniels quickly. Per Daniels, the Bucs were communicating with him for weeks.
Interestingly, and likely relevant, Daniels’ college head coach, Chris Ostrowsky, was the 1998 high school coach of the year out of Newark, New Jersey, aka Greg Schiano country.