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Titans claim LB Riley Bullough off waivers from the Bucs

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The former Hard Knocks Star is headed to Titans camp.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Titans made a roster move today, adding inside linebacker Riley Bulloughs off waivers from the Buccaneers.

Bullough was released by Tampa Bay after they spent the 5th overall pick of the draft on linebacker Devin White. He originally joined the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2017. At 6’-2” and 228 pounds, he’s a bit undersized and not a plus athlete, but he’s stuck around the NFL for a couple seasons now thanks to his football IQ and willingness to do the dirty work on special teams.

Bullough gained some level of fame as a featured story on the Buccaneers season of Hard Knocks in 2017. HBO’s cameras followed his quest to make the roster as a UDFA. He eventually got cut, as shown in the scene below, but was brought back on the practice squad where he spent most of the 2017 season.

He ended up on the active roster for three games in 2017, recording just one tackle. Last season, a camp injury cost him a shot at the 53 man roster, but he would return after getting healthy, playing in the final nine games of the year and notching three starts and 14 tackles.

Bullough joins a Titans inside linebacker room that currently includes Wesley Woodyard, Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, Daren Bates, Nigel Harris, and 2019 6th round pick David Long. It’s going to be a tough road to making the roster, but he could compete with Bates for a special teams role in this group.

That brings the Titans to 87 players on the roster out of the maximum allowable total of 90 (including the reported, but not confirmed UDFA additions). Jon Robinson will probably be adding a few names to the roster to get to that magic number over the next couple weeks.