Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Add Rookie Kyler Kerbyson to O-Line

To reinforce a banged-up offensive front, the Buccaneers signed rookie OL Kyler Kerbyson, who played both tackle and guard at the University of Tennessee and was most recently with the Patriots.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter described his team as "a little more banged up" after its second preseason game, and apparently one area that needed reinforcements was the offensive line.

On Monday, as the Bucs returned to the practice field to prepare for its next contest, the team signed rookie offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson, previously of the New England Patriots. To make room on the 90-man roster, the Buccaneers waived/injured rookie tackle Kelby Johnson.

In addition to the injury apparently suffered by Johnson in Jacksonville on Saturday, the Buccaneers are also still playing without guards J.R. Sweezy and Caleb Benenoch. The former remains on the physically unable to perform list while the latter, a rookie out of UCLA, hasn't practiced since the opening week of training camp.

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The 6-4, 305-pound Kerbyson originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in July, just before the start of training camp. He was waived by New England a week ago. Prior to joining the patriots, Kerbyson took part in rookie mini-camps with the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints on a tryout basis.

At the University of Tennessee, Kerbyson appeared in 45 games and started all 26 of the Volunteers' contests over his junior and senior seasons. He opened games at both tackle spots as well as left guard and twice was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in 2015. He is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Louisville, signed with the Buccaneers on May 9 after taking part in the team's rookie mini-camp with a tryout contract. He appeared in each of the Buccaneers' first two preseason games.

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