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Bucs sign 11 undrafted rookies

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t completely ignore the quarterback position during the NFL draft process.

The Bucs, who were believed to be in the market for a quarterback after coach Lovie Smith said early in the offseason he wanted to take four to training camp, announced Monday the signing of undrafted free agent Brett Smith of Wyoming on Monday.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 206 pound quarterback who regularly threw passes to Bucs’ sixth-round draft pick Robert Herron, was one of 11 undrafted free agents signed by Tampa Bay.

The others were center Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe), linebacker Nate Askew (Texas A&M), wide receiver Aaron Burks (Boise State), defensive tackle Euclid Cummings (Georgia Tech), cornerback Keith Lewis (Virginia-Lynchburg), guard Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech), tackle Matt Patchan (Boston College), wide receiver Solomon Patton (Florida), defensive end Chaz Sutton (South Carolina) and safety Mycal Swaim (Eastern Michigan).

Tampa Bay will hold a rookie minicamp this weekend.

Patton joins first-round draft pick Mike Evans of Texas A&M and Herron as the newest members of the Bucs’ receiving corps. Patton (5-foot-9, 173 pounds) caught 44 passes for 556 yards and six touchdowns and ran 16 times for 71 yards as a senior with the Gators in 2013.

Patchan is an Armwood High School product who started his career as a defensive end at the University of Florida, but eventually moved to the offensive line. He transferred before his senior season to Boston College, where he started 13 games at left tackle.

Sunday, the University of South Florida issued a news release that said Bulls defensive end Ryne Giddins, formerly of Armwood High, had signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bucs on Saturday night. But the Bucs have not confirmed that and Giddins wasn’t on the club’s initial list of undrafted free-agent signings.

In other moves, the Bucs on Monday cut tight ends Josh Baker and Steve Maneri.

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