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August 30, 2014 @ 11:29 am
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Bucs Get To 53 Limit, Demps, Wright Among Latest Cuts

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Tampa Bay reached the 53-man roster limit on Saturday. Like Friday, there were a few surprises, including RB Jeff Demps and safety Major Wright. While the Bucs met the deadline, chances are the team that comes out of the tunnel next Sunday against the Panthers will be different than the one on Saturday.
The Buccaneers waited all camp for a kick returner to step up and claim the position. For a good part of the preseason it appeared rookie Solomon Patton would end up as the Bucs' primary kick returner, but on Saturday Tampa Bay released the former Gator standout. The Bucs also released another former Gator, Jeff Demps, who was also vying for the return job.

The question now becomes who will line up as Tampa Bay’s kick returner when the regular season opens next Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers? The only two other players on the current roster who returned kicks this preseason were running backs Bobby Rainey and Mike James.

Tampa Bay ended up cutting a total of eight players on Saturday to get them to the mandatory 53-man limit. TE Cameron Brate, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, LB Brandon Magee, DT Matthew Masifilo and WR Solomon Patton were waived and Tampa Bay released S Major Wright and defensive end Ronald Talley. Wright and Talley become unrestricted free agents and can sign with any team, while the waived players must clear waivers before they can be added to a team’s practice squad or sign with another team of their choice.

On Friday the Buccaneers got an early jump on the roster reduction as DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew T Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB  Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka’Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren and OL Jamon Meredith were all let go.

The Buccaneers, and all other NFL teams, can begin putting together a 10-man practice squad beginning on Sunday, but before that the front office and coaching staff will be scouring the waiver wire looking for players that were released by other teams. Tampa Bay could look to fill the kick returner position from that list. In addition the Bucs could also be looking closely at the offensive line, safety and linebacker positions if for nothing more than additional depth.

One interesting note from looking at the current 53 is the fact the Buccaneers only have three healthy safeties on the roster. Bradley McDougald is on the roster to make a total of four, but was injured in the preseason and could miss some regular season action. Head coach Lovie Smith noted on more than one occasion during training camp that he has never made it through a season without an injury at the safety position. Both starters Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron missed a portion of the offseason and some training camp practices after having offseason surgeries. Keith Tandy is currently the only healthy backup at the safety position.
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    owlykat, Glennon will be here for the entire season. There are no QB's that are better than him that were cut. We might see a new QB at the PS positions.
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    If they find a good Guard they can replace Cousins. If we find a good QB replace Glennon. Get Patton back, and they are set!!!
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    Some of the moves made where probably to give them some room just in case they want to bring in players that have recently been released in whom they feel can do a better job than the guys they cut.
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    Umm, who is our long snapper?I thought Magee was snapping after we cut Economos?
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    Andrew DePaolo
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    I can't profess to know what's on the coaches minds, but if I were to take a guess, I would think that they have to wait until week 1 to put Charles Sims on IR to return. At that point they will bring Patton up from the PS where I assume he will go Sunday after 12pm. There are other alternatives out there though and they may have their eye on another speedy replacement. The Redskins cut Lache Seastrunk, the kid that took the swing pass for 80 yds in the last preseason game. My hunch though is that we will see Solomon Patton back in a Buc uniform!
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    Hopefully Demps can go somewhere, where they wont run him up the middle every play.
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    SO once again Bowers skips most of camp and makes the team anyway. What do the coaches see that never shows up on the field
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    More moves indeed....would be nice to at least have our starters set by the 53 man cut down...maybe our starting kick and punt return guys have been practicing heavily at 1-Buc so much so that preseason action was unnecessary.....huh...
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    Well it was about what was expected. Like most of us, we have been looking at who was cut from other teams that might help us this season. I can see another OG, OT for the 53 roster spot. As to PS, we might be selecting a different QB. I'm not too concerned about limping into the beginning of the season with a few players needing 1-2 weeks more of injury recovery time. On defense the main players are ready and same for the offense except for Mankins who will need a couple weeks to be in his groove. Go Bucs!
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    OBVIOUSLY the Buccaneers are not done. That just can't be. Some of the cuts really surprised me. It seems Lovie is risk taker. Trust, trust, trust. It beats doubt, doubt, doubt going into the season. LOL
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