We noted in this morning’s one-liners that Buccaneers rookie Devin Holland has been fined $10,000 for his hit on New England’s Danny Woodhead in last week’s preseason game. It turns out that’s actually the second fine for Holland in as many weeks of the preseason.
Holland’s agent, Ben Gibson, told the St. Petersburg Times that Holland also was fined $5,000 for a hit in the Bucs’ preseason opener against the Chiefs.
Both of the hits that drew fines came on punt coverage, and Holland is an undrafted rookie out of McNeese State just trying to make a roster as a special-teams player. So maybe there’s a silver lining in this: Gibson joked that Holland might be getting a reputation as a hard-hitting special teams player, which is just what coaches are looking for out of undrafted rookies.
“I guess he’s made quite the name for himself down there in Tampa,” Gibson said.
If Holland makes the Bucs’ roster, he’ll be playing for the league-minimum of $375,000. Minus $5,000 on his first paycheck, and $10,000 on his second paycheck. But if showing off his physical play on special teams helps Holland make the 53-man roster, it will be worth it.