By: Greg Auman
Late-season additions to the practice squad can be a precursor to signing players to futures contracts after the season, and the Bucs made such a move Wednesday, signing former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to their practice squad.
Ings, 26, is that rare NFL prospect who did not play college football — his many obstacles included an ACL tear, academic issues and a heart murmur, but he’s bounced from various low-level professional leagues, including time with the Storm last year. He spent 13 days on the Lions’ practice squad last season and now has a fresh start in Tampa after impressing scouts in a workout two weeks ago.
“It’s very exciting,” said Ings, who had 68 catches for 997 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Storm last year. “I was home (in Miami), just chilling, just finished working out and I got the call. I was ecstatic.”
Ings, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, got a look after Donteea Dye was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, and former Lakewood receiver Bernard Reedy was promoted to the active roster, opening up a spot on the practice squad. He’ll have two weeks to show coaches what he can do with the hopes of getting a contract when rosters expand from 53 players to 90 after the season.
“That’s the goal for me now,” Ings said. “I had a little taste of it when I was in Detroit, and that made me hungrier than ever. It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking to take full advantage of it.”
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