Receiver Swap Gives Crump an Opportunity

Terriun Crump came to the Buccaneers’ rookie mini-camp three weeks ago on a tryout contract, and left without anything more permanent.  Whether he knew it or not, however, he had done enough to keep himself on the Bucs’ radar.

That paid off on Wednesday when the team decided to tweak the receiver position on its 90-man offseason roster, and Crump got a phone call.  With the Bucs choosing to waive Mount Union rookie Chris Denton, who had found a contract waiting for him after the rookie camp, it was the former Western Illinois player who got another shot at the NFL.

It’s not unusual for the Bucs to make little changes here and there to the roster in the months between the draft and training camp, especially once the OTAs begin.  With more fleshed-out practices to review, the coaching staff can get a more refined feel for each player’s strengths and weaknesses, and where the depth chart may have a particular need.  This most recent move gives Crump a second chance at an NFL training camp.

A year ago, Crump went undrafted in April but signed with his hometown Chicago Bears.  He was eventually waived when rosters were pared down to regular-season limits, and two months later he signed on with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.  He spent about six months on the Eskimos’ practice squad, then was released just before this year’s NFL draft.

At Western Illinois, the 6-2, 223-pound Crump racked up 135 receptions for 2,067 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons.  He had 61 catches for 944 yards and six scores as a senior in 2011 and was named the Leathernecks’ team MVP.

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