On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Storm announced that former wide receiver and kick returner Kendrick Ings signed with the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch explains:
“This a great accomplishment for Kendrick. His hard work and dedication has put him in a position to move on to the next level. We are all proud of him.”
Ings (5’10”, 180 lbs.), who played high school football at Miller Grove H.S. in Georgia, played five games in his sophomore season for the Storm in 2016. In that short stint, he caught 20 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
While he was a threat at receiver, he was most dangerous on special teams, needing only those five games to become Tampa Bay’s leading kick returner, averaging 116.4 kickoff return yards per game.
Ings began his career Storm in 2015 after attending a preseason open tryout. In just two seasons in the Arena Football League, he has caught 88 passes for 1,240 yards and 17 touchdowns. As a kick returner, he also has 110 kickoff returns for 2,017 yards and four touchdowns.
Ings has previous outdoor experience, spending the beginning of the 2015 NFL season on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions. He also spent part of the 2016 season in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions.