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October 25, 2010 @ 6:08 am
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Bucs Cut Stevens, Elevate Purvis

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The Buccaneers cut tight end Jerramy Stevens on Monday morning. Stevens was arrested on Saturday night. To replace Stevens on the roster the team elevated practice squad tight end Ryan Purvis.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released tight end Jerramy Stevens. Stevens was arrested on Saturday night and charged with drug possession, intent to distribute, and possessing drug paraphernalia. The first two charges are felonies, while the last one is a misdemeanor. Stevens, 30, has been arrested numerous times and he was suspended for one game in the 2007 season and two games in 2008 due to his arrests. Starting in 1998 Stevens has been involved in eight police incidents. Once the legal process is resolved Stevens will probably face a lengthy suspension from the NFL. It is questionable that Stevens will ever play in the NFL again.

The Bucs first signed Stevens for the 2007 season. In 2008 Stevens was re-signed to a one-year contract. In March of 2009 Stevens was signed to a two-year contract. This year Stevens' salary was $1.425 million. Over the past two seasons Stevens has 18 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown. Stevens, 30, started his career with the Seattle Seahawks and was a first-round pick out of Washington.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end was known as a receiving tight end, and did not have a reputation as being a good blocker. In his nine-year NFL career Stevens has 202 catches for 2,217 yards with 35 touchdowns. In his first season with the Buccneers Stevens caught 18 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. In 2008 he had 36 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he had 15 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. This year Stevens has three catches for 43 yards.

Tampa Bay filled Stevens roster spot with tight end Ryan Purvis. Purvis was on the Bucs practice squad this season and in 2009 after being an undrafted free agent from Boston College. Purvis (6-4, 260) is regarded as a solid blocker and developing pass catcher.
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    Purvis looks really good, he has great hands. Hopefully he can emerge and have a good bond with Freeman. I know Winslow is still good, but its good do have a developing tight end that has potential.
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    Purvis looked good in camp, preseason. Doesn't have the hands of Stevens, but better all around pass cather, blocker than either Stevens or Gilmore.
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    About time. Kudos to the Bucs for making this move. Stevens has always had baggage with him since his college days at Washington. Plus, Purvis earned his chance in the preseason.
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    Cut the dead weight and bring in hungry, young players...
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    Damn, so Stevans was T.Jacksons dealer. Maybe T-Jack can come back and not piss hot now that his dealer is no longer in the locker room.
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    This is getting to be a problem with a few players.
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    I thought Purvis should have made the team over Stevens in the first place based on what I saw in the preseason. I think Purvis' hands are as good or better than Stevens and he can't be any worse at blocking. All we're losing is a height mismatch. If we really want to run a jump ball play just use Stovall. They're both tall and I would rate their pass catching skills as equal.
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    As far as Steven's is concerned -- the leopard doesn't change his spots. may he reap what he sows. Let's hope Purvis can add some energy that is lacking on the o-line. HEY PENN, YOU ALMOST GOT PENALIZED ON THE FINAL PLAY BECAUSE YOU LET YOUR MAN GET AROUND YOU AND HAD TO HIT HIM IN THE BACK. LOSE SOME WEIGHT !!!!!
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    Finally!! And that goes both to releasing Stevens who, as a "receiving" TE wasn't doing much of it, and Purvis being activated! I'm excited to see him get some PT; excellent blocker at the point of attack coupled with improving receiving abilities. Sad it had to happen under these circumstances, but I'm not unhappy they happened.
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    I believe that was the expected and in my opinion, appropriate reaction. I look forward to seeing Purvis get some playing time.
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