There were many who thought this would never happen but the Jeremy McNichols era with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has officially ended before it ever really began.
Less than 24 hours after being waived by the Bucs, McNichols is reportedly signing on as a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
Rookie RB Jeremy McNichols, waived by the Bucs yesterday, will sign with the 49ers' practice squad, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 3, 2017
The two moves end what many thought would be a long journey together for the Bucs and McNichols, who was the Bucs choice in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
McNichols never performed up to the levels the Bucs expected him to, though, as he ran tentatively and struggled to master coach Dirk Koetter’s play book as well as the art of pass protecting.
That, in fact, may have been McNichols ultimate downfall as he gave up a pressure on his only try during the Bucs 13-10 loss to the Redskins in their final preseason game last Thursday night.
That mistake came after Koetter said McNichols had “one final chance’’ to prove he was worthy of a roster spot after he was pulled after two plays for missing on a blocking assignment that led to a sack the week before.
The poor blocking was only part of McNichols problem. though. He never showed the same ability to run the ball with authority or even catch it that he did as a collegian at Boise State.
For the preseason, McNichols ran the ball 24 times for just 79 yards (3.3) and he never caught a pass, which was the area he was supposed to excel in above all others.
With McNichols gone the Bucs are expected to open the season with three running backs on their roster – Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber. Martin will begin his suspension on Monday.
The Bucs have also signed Russell Hansbrough to their practice squad, apparently passing on the opportunity to re-sign McNichols to that unit, so it seems this short-lived relationship is indeed over.