'Hard Knocks' star Riley Bullough back on Bucs' practice squad
Undrafted rookie linebacker Riley Bullough, the colorful star of HBO's "Hard Knocks," gets a happy ending for the show's finale Tuesday night.
Bullough, among the team's final cuts on Saturday, has signed with the Bucs' practice squad, where he can continue to develop and work on a promotion to the 53-man roster. Bullough's intense personality and leadership have been a key storyline on the HBO show, though coaches have acknowledged physical limitations in his pass coverage skills.
Most teams carry 10 players on their practice squad, though the Bucs have an exemption for an 11th player in former Wyoming linebacker Eric Nzeocha, part of an experimental NFL international program NFC South teams are doing this year. Nzeocha was born in Germany.
Here are the other members of the Bucs' practice squad ...
-- WR Freddie Martino, who caught eight passes last year and lost out to Bernard Reedy for the final WR spot on the 53-man roster
-- WR Bobo Wilson, former FSU receiver who had a 40-yard catch in Thursday's preseason finale and could help on returns
-- RB Russell Hansbrough, who outperformed draft pick Jeremy McNichols in preseason, was up and down with Bucs all of last season
-- OL Mike Liedtke, who can work at both guard and tackle and drew praise from Dirk Koetter in the preseason
-- S Isaiah Johnson, who spent all of last season on the practice squad as a developmental safety prospect
-- FB/TE Austin Johnson, who lost out in a deep group of tight ends but has NFL experience and versatility at multiple positions
-- DE Sterling Bailey, former Georgia player who impressed in the preseason and has the only d-line spot on the practice squad
-- CB Jonathan Moxey, undrafted rookie from Boise State who made the most extra reps as Bucs battled injuries in training camp
-- OT Marquis Lucas, former West Virginia tackle who was claimed off waivers from the Falcons midway through camp
Three players cut by the Bucs this weekend have signed elsewhere -- long-snapper Andrew DePaola was claimed by the Bears, while McNichols signed to the 49ers' practice squad and tackle Korren Kirven signed with the Panthers' practice squad.