The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the signing of G R.J. Mattes on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers also placed DE James Ruffin on waivers to make room for Mattes.
Mattes signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State. He was later suspended for four games and has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Ruffin signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
One of the areas that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to improve on in 2014 is their pass rush. Last season the Bucs totaled just 35 sacks, which put them at number 24 overall in the NFL. Football Outsiders also gave their defensive line mediocre grades for getting to the quarterback.
With an eye on getting more pressure, the Bucs looked for help from an unexpected place yesterday...
The Buccaneers announced he signing of defensive ends Ryne Giddins and James Ruffin on Tuesday.
Giddins is an undrafted free agent out of the University of South Florida. He took part in the Buccaneers’ rookie minicamp a few months ago.
During his five years at USF, Giddins recorded 118 tackles, 33 tackles for a loss, 18.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and a recovery.