Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2009.
2009: Promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on December 28… Inactive against Atlanta (1/3)… Signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on September 6 after being released on September 5.
Started 31-of-51 games he appeared in at Boston College, catching 113 passes for 1,122 yards and six touchdowns... His 113 receptions rank 17th on the school's overall career receiving record list and fourth on the Boston College all-time record list for tight ends Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2008 Started all 14 games in 2008, catching 24 passes for 176 yards In his first season as a full-time starter in 2007, garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team accolades... Ranked fourth on the team with 54 receptions for 553 yards and four touchdowns... Only Pete Mitchell (66 in 1993 and 55 in 1994) had more catches in a season among tight ends that suited up at Boston College... Finished fifth on the team with 29 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 2006... Played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman, finishing with six receptions for 12 yards Redshirted as a freshman in 2004 Was enrolled in the Carroll School of Management.
Attended Lancaster (PA) Catholic High School All-State tight end, adding All-Northeast honors from Super Prep during his senior season... In 2003, had 39 receptions for 755 yards and four touchdowns, and also averaged 38.8 yards on 41 punts... Accounted for seven touchdowns while also throwing a pair of scoring strikes and returning one fumble for a touchdown Also lettered in basketball, leading his team to the state title in 2003, as he finished his hoops career with more than 1,000 points and 700 rebounds Oldest of four children of Colleen and Jeffrey Purvis... Born Ryan J. Purvis on May 8, 1986 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Insider takes a last look back at the win over St. Louis, with Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson’s thoughts on the team’s young contributors, additional analysis from LB Geno Hayes and an introduction to recently-promoted TE Ryan Purvis.