Former Chiefs running back Devine Redding signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Matt Conner
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Devine Redding has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers late in the preseason.
Last year at this time, the Kansas City Chiefs were looking at what they had in running back prospect Devine Redding. Now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are wanting to take the same look after they signed him on Monday, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Redding signed with the Chiefs after failing to get drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft as a rookie free agent. Redding starred at the University of Indiana in 2015-16 as a sophomore and junior and then declared for the NFL Draft. Unfortunately things didn’t go according to plan but he ended up hooking on with the Chiefs shortly thereafter as their longshot running back on the roster—the role that Ray Lawry out of Old Dominion is actually occupying right now.
Redding lasted through the final days of roster cuts before being set free by the Chiefs but signed to the team’s practice squad. However that placement lasted less than a week before he was released for good. Redding then sat out the rest of the regular season and all of this spring before getting this call by the Buccaneers.
Redding ran for 2,134 rushing yards over his sophomore and junior years for the Hoosiers and put up 16 rushing touchdowns in the same span. He also showed a burgeoning pass catching ability with 27 catches during his final year with another 2 receiving touchdowns. It would have been interesting to see what numbers he would have put up if he’d stayed for his final year at Indiana and worked on really shoring up his weaknesses.
As for the Bucs, the top of the depth chart is taken up by rookie Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers and Shuan Wilson. He’s likely competing with Dare Ogunbowale for a practice squad role if he can somehow show up strong in just a few days with the team. At the very least, it shows Redding that he’s still on the radar after a year with some teams and to keep working hard at his craft.