As suspected earlier in the week, the Bucs made a move on a linebacker who can potentially serve as a back-up to rookie starter Mason Foster. Tampa added former Houston Texan Zac Diles who was cut by the St. Louis Rams in their roster cutting phase.
Diles spent the bulk of his 4 year career with the Houston Texans, who drafted him out of Kansas State (Raheem Morris connection) in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Diles started 30 games for the Texans playing in all 16 games of the 2009 season. He missed but one game last season which was his strongest season to date.
In 2009, Diles made 62 tackles of which 45 were solo. In 2012 he stepped up his performance by making 82 tackles of which 59 were solo efforts. He has the ability to play both middle and strong-side linebacker and it isn’t totally clear which the Bucs will use him at. Of course the most likely spot is behind Mason Foster in the depth chart.
Diles played at Kansas State during the time when Raheem Morris was an assistant. This fact, in combination with his potential makes the Bucs signing him a no-brainer.
One final thing to take away from the Diles signing is that the Bucs aren’t apparently done adding names to the roster. With no more preseason games to scout out players in action and the roster needing to be at 53 men, it looks like we can expect more cuts from the Bucs before football (finally) officially kicks off.