The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the names of seven of the players the team has signed to its eight-man practice squad. All seven players were with the Buccaneers at some point during the team's 2005 preseason.
"Seven of the guys were, and we'll add another guy hopefully at some point," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said. "We feel like the guys we had did a good job competing. Some of those guys were close calls and we're happy to have them back."
Here is a list of the seven players assigned to the Bucs' practice squad:
Linebacker Matt Grootegoed
Center Scott Jackson
Cornerback James Patrick
Safety Kalvin Pearson
Wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin
Running back Derek Watson
Defensive end Andrew Williams
Safety Claudius Osei, who hails from Germany, but played collegiately at Florida State, was assigned to the Bucs' practice squad as an NFL Europe National Player. He will remain on Tampa Bay's practice squad for developmental purposes, but cannot be signed to the team's active roster this year. Osei, who spent the 2005 training camp with the Bucs, does not count against Tampa Bay's eight-man practice squad.
The Bucs have one spot left open on their practice squad, but according to a published report in Monday's Miami Herald, Tampa Bay may have filled that spot with former Dolphins safety Tony Bua. However, Bucs officials wouldn't confirm the signing of Bua, who was a standout linebacker/safety at the University of Arkansas from 2001-04.
CADILLAC FEATURED ON NFL FILMS SPECIAL ON ESPN2
Tampa Bay's 2005 first-round draft pick, running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, is one of four NFL rookies featured in a new NFL Films production titled "Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL."
The one-hour show airs on ESPN2 on Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET. NFL Films was granted special access to follow San Francisco QB Alex Smith, Arizona cornerback Antrell Rolle, Jacksonville wide receiver Matt Jones and Williams as they make the transition to the NFL this spring and summer.
The program will repeat on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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