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Things to Know: Bucs' Rookie Free Agents

A few interesting facts about the Bucs' undrafted rookies.


The Buccaneers agreed to terms with more than a dozen rookies following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.

  1. Peyton Barber has overcome tremendous odds.**
    After rushing for 1,000 yards last season, Barber declared for the NFL Draft early to help support his family. He told reporters that his mother and sister are currently homeless, as was he from the time he was seven years old to the time he was 14. Barber has also overcome dyslexia and ADHD, according to an AL.com report, to reach the NFL.

2. Russ Hansbrough was untouchable in high school.
As a senior at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, Hansbrough averaged nearly 10 yards per carry. He ran for more than 3,000 yards during his high school career before enrolling at the University of Missouri.


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  1. Alan Cross was a well-rounded student-athlete in college.**
    During his college career, Cross received Memphis' Zach Curlin award, which recognizes the school's top male student-athlete. He graduated from school early with a degree in chemistry and spent his senior year working towards his Master's Degree.

4. So was Leonard Wester.
Wester appeared on the honor roll every year he was in at Missouri Western State after earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In 2014, he earned a higher designation after recording a 3.5 or higher.

5. Tim Brown almost missed out on his senior season.
Brown spent time at Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania before enrolling at West Chester and was almost declared ineligible for the 2015 season due to an administrative error on his transcripts. Brown was informed in late August that he had taken too many classes and had used all of his eligibility before finding out a few weeks later that he was indeed eligible and that a clerical error had caused him to be mistakenly declared ineligible.

6. Anthony Kelly caught scouts' eyes at a regional combine.
A Division 2 player, Kelly wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He did participate at one of the NFL's five regional combines, though, and his 4.4-second 40-yard dash time made him the talk of the town. If he had been invited to the national combine in Indianapolis, his 40 time would have been the third-fastest of any wide receiver.


  1. Dez Stewart isn't the only member of his family to step on an NFL field.**
    Stewart will take the field at One Buccaneer Place as the second member of his family to play in the NFL. Stewart's cousin, Justin Miller, played cornerback for the Jets and Raiders.

8. Kivon Cartwright's athleticism makes him a dangerous pass-catcher.
Cartwright comes from a background of playing multiple sports, including running track. A former linebacker, Cartwright's a receiving tight end more so than a blocking tight end. He caught 75 passes for 1,136 yards and 11 touchdowns in 41 games at Colorado State.

9. Taylor Fallin has proven to be consistent.
Over the course of his four-year career, Fallin appeared in 44 games with 35 starts. According to his bio on the University of Memphis' website, he played 2,509 of 2,013 possible snaps during his collegiate career.

10. Dominique Robertson is a really, really big man.
Robertson is considered by many analysts to be a developmental player after he spent the majority of his college career playing Division 2 or junior college football, but his sheer size makes him an intriguing prospect. NFL.com has him measured at 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds. His 36-inch arms are only one-half of an inch shorter than LeRaven Clark, who had the longest arms of any player at the Combine.


  1. DaVonte Lambert is versatile.**
    Lambert played defensive end for the majority of his college career, but was listed as a defensive end and defensive tackle on the Buccaneers' press release when he agreed to terms. At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Lambers has the speed to play on the edge and the size to bump inside.k.

12. Jontavius Morris scored a touchdown in college.
Morris, who is listed as a 300-pound defensive lineman, blocked a kick and returned is 43 yards for a touchdown in UAB's matchup with North Texas in 2014. He would finish his college career as Western Kentucky.

13. Channing Ward never missed a game.
During his four-year career at Ole Miss, Ward played in all 52 of his team's games. He played most of his career as a rotational defensive end, picking up three sacks in four starts this past season. Ward entered college as the No. 5 high school defensive end prospect in the country, according to ESPN.

14. Luke Rhodes is a William & Mary legend.
Just 11 players in William & Mary's 122-year history had been named team captains twice, and Rhodes was one of them. He started 45 games over four seasons and finished his career with 341 tackles, the fifth-most in school history.


  1. Tyson Coleman is a standout special teams player.**
    For linebackers hoping the make the 53-man roster, specials teams can be the difference between staying or going. Coleman was awarded Oregon's Gordon E. Wilson award in 2015, which is given to the team's most outstanding special teams player. He finished fifth on the team in total tackles that season as well.

16. Mel Kiper thought Cassanova McKinzy could have been a third-round pick.
McKinzy switched from linebacker to defensive end midway through the 2015 season, something that ESPN's Mel Kiper valued when studying his film. In January, Kiper felt that McKinzy could be as high as a third-round pick. NFLDraftScout.com has him graded as a fifth-round pick.

17. Elijah Shumate was one of Notre Dame's most productive players.
In two seasons as a starter at Notre Dame, Shumate proved to be one of the team's most productive players on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded 70 tackles, which were the third-most of any Notre Dame defender, and three passes defensed. He finished with 66 tackles and five passes defensed the year prior.

18. Isaiah Johnson played for three different colleges in his career.
Johnson began his collegiate career with Iowa Western Community college, helping the team to a national championship. He would transfer to the University of Kansas and earn his degree before transferring to South Carolina for his final season of eligibility.

19. TraveonHenrywas a dominant two-sport athlete.
Henry is originally from Ft. Lauderdale and was rated as one of the best running backs in the country while in high school, though he would ultimately play on defense in college. Henry was also a standout basketball player, earning first-team All-State honors in both sports. For his efforts, he was selected as the Miami-Herald's Athlete of the Year in 2011.

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