The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working to create depth all over the roster during their 2012 training camp, even at the most specialized positions.
On Monday, the team signed rookie long-snapper
DePaola becomes the second long-snapper on the Bucs' camp roster, joining established veteran
DePaola remains a league rookie even though he finished his collegiate career in 2009, as Monday marked his first official NFL transaction. He has had tryouts with several teams in the interim.
The 6-2, 205-pound DePaola began his college career at Rutgers as a walk-on quarterback, but gained his first playing time by taking over the job of holder on placekicks. His passing skills helped him throw a 15-yard touchdown on a fake field goal to upset then-No. 2 South Florida in 2007. Eventually, he switched to wide receiver and worked his way up into the team's rotation of pass-catchers. During his junior year, he seamlessly moved from holder to long-snapper during a game when the Scarlet Knights' main long-snapper, Jeremy Branch, suffered an injury.
The Buccaneers signed Coffman, a former University of Missouri standout, in February. He had previously spent two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Monday's roster maneuvers still leave the Buccaneers with six players at the tight end position: