Some teams have lots of defensive ends, others have lots of defensive backs, and some have lots of wide receivers. But there are no other teams in the NFL with as many fullbacks as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers signed Lonnie Pryor, a former Florida State Seminole, to their active roster. Pryor was most recently a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.
Source tells me the Bucs have signed former Florida State fullback Lonnie Pryor from Jacksonville’s practice squad.
— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) November 19, 2013
This decision is curious at best, unless it involves the release of Spencer Larsen, who currently serves as the backup to starting fullback Erik Lorig. Pryor features a much better skillset as a receiver and runner as both Lorig and Larsen, so while he serves a different role than the other two backs, it’s not clear where he fits in the offense.
The roster spot for Pryor was made available by the placement of cornerback Michael Adams on injured reserve. And with Dashon Goldson likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Lions, that means Deveron Carr, Bradley McDougald, and Kelcie McCray figure to see playing time at defensive back. I don’t see a reason why the Buccaneers would add a fullback when bringing in another corner or safety would have made more sense given the current roster situation.
(As well, if Mason Foster is unable to play this weekend due to the concussion he suffered on Sunday, a linebacker would be a worthy addition to the active roster.)
It’s possible that Pryor could have an impact on the Buccaneers’ offense, as he’s a versatile and skilled receiver and runner from the fullback position. But with a game against Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson on the horizon, a defensive back may have been a wiser addition.