In addition to placing Evans and Cross on IR and promoting TE Donnie Ernsberger to the active roster this week, Tampa worked out 14 different players. They only signed two defensive ends, Alec James and Farrington Huguenin. They also promoted defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter from the practice squad to the active roster. Nathan Peterson signed with the Raiders after trying out in Tampa.
Jeremiah Ledbetter was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft. Ledbetter played in all 16 games last year, recording 0.5 sacks, 6 solo tackles, 14 combined tackles, and 4 hits on the QB. He was released during roster cuts after training camp this year.
Alec James is a 6’3”, 295-pound defensive end who signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Wisconsin in 2018. During his 4 seasons as a Wisconsin Badger, James played in 31 games, recording 11 sacks, 7 pass defends, one forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 100 tackles.
Defensive end Farrington Huguenin is 6’4” and 255 pounds. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2016 as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Kentucky, but he never saw any playing time. He was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad, where he sat for all of 2017 and the majority of 2018 before being waived a few weeks ago. During his 4 seasons as a Kentucky Wildcat, he played in 26 games, recording 1.5 sacks, and 97 tackles.