PHILADELPHIA --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff to their practice squad.
"We signed him to the practice squad. That's it," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said. "All your practice squad guys are developmental guys you're trying to look at. We had Josh in the Senior Bowl a few years ago when I was coaching in Atlanta. We've got 10 guys on our practice squad and we're trying to develop those guys into guys who could help us down the road."
Huff, 25, was released by the Eagles last week, two days after he was arrested for DUI, possession of an unloaded 9 mm handgun without a permit, possession of hollow-point ammunition and a small amount of marijuana. Police had pulled him over for speeding on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
"You live and you learn, man," Huff said. "Obviously I'm mad that I put myself in that situation, but you live and you learn," Huff said. "I'm excited to be here. I'm excited to get going and get used to my new teammates and new players around me and get used to the staff."
Huff was a third-round draft pick in 2014. He saw action in 34 games with six starts from 2015-2016. Last season, he caught 27 passes for 312 receiving yards and three touchdowns. This season, he had 13 catches for 72 yards and had a kickoff return for a touchdown. The biggest question mark for him, though, is off the field.
"I have support on and off the field, whether I was here or whether I was in Philadelphia. I just made a bad decision at that time. I will learn from it and move forward," Huff said. "I had the belief in my faith that God was gonna put me in a place where he wanted me to be at. Obviously he wanted me to be in Tampa with a great group of guys. I'm just ready to move forward from that situation and start new here."