Bucs DT A.J. Francis seeks Pokemon-catching advice from kids

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers newcomer A.J. Francis is in need of some help. Not only is he still adjusting to life in Tampa, but he can't seem to find any Pokémon.

On Monday after practice, the defensive tackle who sometimes moonlights as an Uber driver in the offseason, sought advice from some likely experts -- the kids in the Bucs autograph line.

"They come up on my screen a couple times, but they're elusive," Francis said of Pokémon.

So far, he's only been able to catch squirrels back home in Maryland, but he was able to get a couple hot spots from the kids. He said there's a website that provides information about locations, but he refuses to use it.

"I don't use it because I'm a realist," Francis said. "I like to play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

Pokémon Go is a virtual cell phone game that allows users to travel around their cities and other cities, catching Pokémon species while exploring their surroundings. According to the mobile analytics firm App Annie, as of Monday, the app hit over 100 million downloads.

It's even taking the NFL by storm. Last week, the Jacksonville Jaguars hosted a "Pokemon Safari" night at EverBank Field that attracted 15,000 fans. Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Earl Watford told NFL Nation reporter Josh Weinfuss that he's "approaching Level 20."

Detroit Lions offensive guard Larry Warford even came out and said that he deleted the app because he called it "some mind-control stuff."