Tryouts Can Mean AnythingJuly 23rd, 2013
By now, many Bucs fans have heard unconfirmed reports of bad-attitude, 27-year-old running back Peyton Hillis getting a tryout with the Bucs today.
The guy hasn’t done squat since his strong 2010 season in Cleveland, other than alienate teammates and the rest of the NFL, which is why Hillis is unemployed.
Joe really can’t give much of a crap about this. First, the Bucs give all kinds of players tryouts all the time, and sometimes a tryout is merely rockstar general manager Mark Dominik doing an agent a favor — one Dominik can cash in on later.
Second, Hillis doesn’t make sense for the Bucs. Forget the fact that Hillis is a fumbling machine — a capital crime under the New Schiano Order. Rookie Mike James needs all the carries he can handle during the preseason, as does veteran back Brian Leonard, who is a total newcomer to the Bucs offense. And then there’s Michael Smith, who needs to stay, um, active. There’s also
Spudd Webb rookie Matt Brown on the roster.
No, Joe’s not reading into a Hillis tryout. Even if they add him to the 90-man training camp roster, there won’t be much to it.