A former Oklahoma football star who went undrafted is quickly becoming a standout at Buccaneers training camp and Tom Brady has taken notice of his play.
One member of the secondary has taken that challenge and succeeded. His name may be an unfamiliar one to Bucs fans, but Oklahoma Sooners fans know the talents of Parnell Motley. The undrafted corner out of Oklahoma is making a name for himself in Tampa and may just earn a job after being disappointed on draft night.
Motley has two interceptions off of Brady in the last week of camp as related from beat reporter Jenna Laine of ESPN and star receiver Mike Evans is having to work hard to get open vs. the former Sooner.
“He keeps making plays every single day, he’s going to get a job,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said.
The Buccaneers appear to have discovered a diamond in the rough with undrafted free agent Parnell Motley standing out in camp.
Brady does not throw many interceptions. He had eight in 2019 and his career-high in any given season is 14. Motley intercepting Brady twice in one week is not something that can go unnoticed. Head coach Bruce Arians offering up his own praise shows Motley is on his mind and it will be hard to keep him off the roster.
Motley played in a total of 53 games as a Sooner and finished with six career interceptions. He has experience on special teams as well and that may be the way he makes it onto the roster. Having a potential lockdown corner as a depth option on the roster is never a bad idea.
Members of the secondary in Tampa get to also go up against the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and now Rob Gronkowski as well. There is no one player dominating the salary table in that position group so Motley has a path to playing.
He just needs to keep up the great work. A few more interceptions off a living legend wouldn’t hurt either.