One of the many Tampa Bay Buccaneer tryout hopefuls, that has been turning heads during the first two days of rookie mini camp is undrafted tryout player Rendrick Taylor a chiseled 6-foot-2, 274-pound FB prospect. That diffidently passes the eyeball test. A tweener type who entered Clemson as a receiver, but after packing on 30 plus pounds of muscle was moved to FB.
According to Tom Balog, of the HeraldTribune.com both offensive coordinator Greg Olson and head coach Raheem Morris are gushing over what they have seen thus far.
”We’re like, ‘Gosh, dang, how’d this guy pop through the cracks?’ ” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “Guys that big usually get picked up.”
If Taylor pans out, he could be one of those surprise tryout nuggets that Morris is looking for out of this mini-camp, like running back Clifton Smith a few years ago, and running back Kareem Huggins last year. Olson said Taylor has proven himself worthy of another film review of his college career.
“We’re trying to figure out, we have to go back and watch this kid on film and see what he’s like with the pads on,” Olson said. “Because without pads the way he moves around at 274 is pretty impressive.”
”It’s one step at a time,” Morris said. “What’s he’s been able to do right now, when you’re taking about shorts, it’s timing, precision, catching the ball, picking up the plays and going through the mental part of the game. In all those things, he’s done a good job. Hopefully he’ll have the opportunity to be able to come back and be able to compete in our training camp. That’s when you get a chance to show you’re physical play…and hopefully make this football team.”
Believe it or not, Taylor was once a wide receiver at Clemson before being moved to fullback and tight end later in his college career.
”Right now, we don’t know what to call him,” Morris said. “We worked him at tight end a little bit yesterday. Today we threw him at fullback. He used to be a wideout, catch the ball softly. Pretty feet. He’s got a nice amount of bounce about him.”
With only Chris Pressley the only true fullback on the roster, along with runningback turned do it all man Earnest Graham manning the fullspot a quality showing by Taylor might make the team second guess moving Graham back to halfback and could lead to a domino affect with the team trading one of the parts to it’s seldom used 2-2-1 running back by committee. But first things first, Taylor needs to earn a contract. So lets not get to carried away with what an undrafted tryout player has done in shorts and noncontact drills.