Former Boise State standouts Thomas Sperbeck and Jonathan Moxey each stood out during their debut weekend in the NFL, as least according to one reporter.
Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com described Day 2 of Tampa Bay's rookie mini-cap as a "Boise State football kind of day," adding that, "both Sperbeck and Moxey are showing their stuff."
Reynolds tweeted a video of Moxey running stride-for-stride with fourth-year NFL veteran Josh Huff during 1-on-1 drills. In the video you can see Moxey make a play on the ball and knock the pass to the ground.
Boise State CB Jonathan Moxey with a good rep here in 1-on-1s. He's separating himself from most of the other DBs here. pic.twitter.com/EC8HGhayGJ— Scott Reynolds (@PewterReport) May 6, 2017
Reynolds then later pointed out that: "Thomas Sperbeck is having a very nice day."
In another video posted on Twitter by Reynolds, you can see Sperbeck haul in an errant pass attempt using mostly one hand.
Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck with an athletic grab during the opening WR drill: pic.twitter.com/lEwVOe0a9K— Scott Reynolds (@PewterReport) May 6, 2017
Both Sperbeck and Moxey signed with Tampa Bay as undrafted free agents, meaning they are currently a part of the Buccaneers' 90-man roster.
-Sperbeck is one of two undrafted free-agents in rookie mini-camp with the Buccaneers. The other is Jesus "Bobo" Wilson from Florida State.
Career: 133 REC, 1,562 YDS, 8 TD
Best season (JR, 2015): 58 REC, 622 YDS, 3 TD
Career: 224 REC, 3,601 YDS, 20 TD
Best season (JR, 2015): 88 REC, 1,412 YDS, 8 TD
Although Sperbeck posted far better numbers in college, it is worth noting that Wilson played with Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.
Sperbeck and Wilson are two of 11 receivers currently listed on the 90-man roster.
The other are:
17 - Donteea Dye (2nd season): Signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Buccaneers in 2015. Has since bounced back-and-forth between the active roster and the practice squad.
13 - Mike Evans (4th season): The Buccaneers used the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to select Evans. He has established himself at the No. 1 receiving target on the team.
12 - Chris Godwin (Rookie): Was selected in the third round with the 84th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
15 - Josh Huff (4th season): The former third-round pick was signed by the Buccaneers one week after the Eagles released him last November. He was promoted to the active roster almost exactly one month later.
10 - Adam Humphries (3rd season): He went undrafted but was invited to tryout for the Buccaneers in 2015. He ended up becoming a great success story when he made the 53-made roster, a place he has stuck ever since.
11 - DeSean Jackson (10th season): The 2008 second-round NFL Draft pick has spent time with both the Eagles and Redskins. The Buccaneers signed him to a three-year, $33.5 million contract this offseason. With a career average of 17.7 yards per catch, he has long been one of the top deep threats in the NFL.
16 - Freddie Martino (2nd season): The former DII star has been in the league since 2014. He went undrafted and has bounced between the active roster and the practice squad with the Falcons, Eagles and Buccaneers.
18 - Bernard Reedy (2nd season): He was signed and later released by the Falcons in 2015. The Buccaneers then picked him up in February of 2016. He started the season on the practice squad but finished it on the active roster.
87 - Derel Walker (1st season): After signing with Tennessee as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the Titans released him during the preseason. He spent the last two years in the CFL before earning a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers this offseason.
NOTE: The Buccaneers kept five wide receivers on their roster following final cuts last season.
- Moxey is one of three undrafted free agents the Buccaneers signed at cornerback; Iowa alumnus Greg Mabin and West Virginia alumnus Maurice Fleming are the other two.
-Of the nine total cornerbacks currently on the 90-man roster, both veteran Brent Grimes and second-year standout Vernon Hargreaves are the front runners. Former Viking Josh Robinson has significant experience, but outside of those three, the competition appears to be pretty wide open. Moxey, who returned punts during rookie mini-camp, could help himself by proving he can contribute on special teams as well.
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