Report: Bucs signing ex-Pats returner to practice squad

/ by Darren Hartwell
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Rob Gronkowski won't be the only familiar face for Tom Brady in Tampa Bay this season.

The Buccaneers are signing free agent running back/kick returner Kenjon Barner to their practice squad, The Athletic's Greg Auman reported Thursday.

Barner, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend, appeared in five games for Brady's Patriots during their 2018 Super Bowl campaign, rushing for 71 yards on 19 carries as New England dealt with midseason injuries in the backfield.

The 30-year-old Oregon product also won a Super Bowl ring with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 at the Patriots' expense, although we're not sure Barner should bring that up to Brady in the Bucs' locker room.

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Tampa Bay currently has wide receiver Jaydon Mickens listed as its kick returner, but Barner provides depth and experience at the position should the Bucs need it.

The Bucs recently added high-profile running backs LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette, as well, so they're clearly going all-in on the 2020 season with Brady running the show.