A few weeks ago, Jamie pointed out how the failure of the previous coaching administration led to a huge dropoff in draftable, NFL ready talent over the past few years. We saw that in evidence this year when no USF players heard their name called in Chicago, leaving recent Bulls to participate in tryout mini-camps to fight for spots on rosters and practice squads.
We'll get into the players we think could get drafted in 2017 later this offseason, but for now we focus on the various roster moves involving former USF players earlier this week.
B.J. Daniels to the Big Apple
Former Bulls quarterback and SUPER BOWL CHAMPION B.J. Daniels signed with the New York Giants earlier this week, earning a spot on the team's 90-man roster as the third string backup to Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib. Daniels earned the contract after an impressive showing at the team's rookie tryout camp this past weekend.
The Tallahassee native and debatably the greatest QB in USF history to some has had various stints on the practice squads of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and Houston Texans in his three-year career in the NFL. While he's only completed one of two passes in his career, he does have a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2013 Seahawks, which I always feel obligated to point out is one more than Dan Marino has. SCOREBOARD! Here's hoping B.J. success at
The Meadowlands MetLife.
The Bucs Bring Back Andre Davis
Andre Davis is staying home after all. The all-time leading USF receiver impressed enough in the Bucs rookie mini-camp to earn himself a contract with the team on Monday. The Jefferson High School standout had a brief stint in Buffalo before signing on with the Bucs' practice squad this past October. He was released on April 29, but apparently showed enough for GM Jason Licht to bring him back.
Davis is USF's all-time leading receiver, but being there for USF football's tire fire years certainly didn't help him elevate his draft profile entering the 2015 NFL Draft, and he went undrafted. Hopefully he can find footing with the hometown team and find a spot on the final roster this fall.
Eric Lee Waived by Houston 3:17 PM UPDATE NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!!
NFL transactions show that Texans' waiving of USF defensive end Eric Lee was noted as "failure to disclose physical condition."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 10, 2016
Well, that didn't last long. Lee, a 2015 All-AAC defensive lineman, was waived by the Texans just roughly ten days after the team signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent because of what Greg Auman is describing as a "failure to disclose physical condition."
Lee was working with former Patriots Pro Bowler and current Texans LB coach Mike Vrabel in transitioning from DE to OLB, a steep learning curve for anyone transition from college to the pros. We'll keep an eye on where the Daphne, Alabama, native will land next.
3:17 p.m. Update: He's landed back in Houston!!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former USF defensive end Eric Lee is expected to re-sign with Texans today. Team signed, waived, changed language in contract, re-signed.</p>— Greg Auman (@gregauman) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregauman/status/730476421156634624">May 11, 2016</a></blockquote>
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