Despite some rave reviews, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers elected to not sign former Tennessee Vols quarterback Riley Ferguson to a contract after his post-draft tryout with the team.
Bucs are also sticking with Arkansas undrafted rookie Austin Allen as fourth QB moving forward and opting not to sign tryout QB Riley Ferguson of Memphis.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 13, 2018
Ferguson, who transferred to Memphis after one year at Tennessee, went undrafted during the 2018 NFL Draft.
Video: Bucs tryout QB Riley Ferguson (Memphis) throws to Penn WR Justin Watson at rookie minicamp. pic.twitter.com/VYyeDLhPtz
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 12, 2018
It’s a bit surprising that Tampa Bay decided to not sign Ferguson. By most accounts, Ferguson was impressing with his accuracy and “zip”.
Memphis QB Riley Ferguson is in for a tryout this weekend. I haven’t seen every throw he’s made, but almost all of the ones I HAVE seen have been accurate and with a good amount of zip.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) May 11, 2018
Perhaps the Bucs, and other teams, view Ferguson as too much of a risk — though I’m not sure why.
Ferguson took time to “find himself” after leaving Tennessee. After taking a job washing fences, the North Carolina native got his act together and had a standout career at Memphis.
I’m sure this won’t be the last opportunity Ferguson gets in the NFL. He has way too much talent not to be on a roster.
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