The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled the first three members of their 2010 practice squad on Sunday. Those players – TE Ryan Purvis, DE George Johnson and S Vince Anderson – were all members of Tampa Bay's 2010 training camp roster. The Bucs are expected to add five more players by Monday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began to assemble their 2010 practice squad on Sunday evening, signing tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive end George Johnson and safety Vince Anderson. All three players were on the Bucs' 2010 training camp roster, and Purvis spent most of the 2009 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad.
Purvis ended the 2010 preseason tied with rookie wide receiver Mike Williams for the team lead in receptions. The former Boston College star finished with seven catches for 93 yards, including a 21-yarder against Houston on Thursday.
Johnson, who was signed after the 2010 draft as an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback pressure and one sack during the preseason. Against Houston, Johnson notched three tackles, two tackles for loss and his sack.
Anderson, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Giants during training camp, finished the 2010 preseason with seven tackles, including a key goal line stop to help Tampa Bay finish off Kansas City, 20-15 in the second preseason game.
The Buccaneers can sign as many as five other players to their practice squad and will likely do so on Monday in time for the team's first practice of the week on Tuesday. Derek Hardman, a rookie offensive tackle who was released on Sunday to make room for center Ted Larsen, should be considered a likely candidate to make Tampa Bay's practice squad as long as he clears waivers.
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