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October 29, 2010 @ 6:13 am
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Bucs Release Keydrick Vincent

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On Friday the Buccaneers announced that they waived left guard Keydrick Vincent. Vincent, 32, was signed late in the offseason to play left guard. To take his place the Bucs promoted Will Barker from the practice squad.

The Buccaneers have released left guard Keydrick Vincent and promoted tackle Will Barker. Vincent was waived and was not waived/injured. General Manager Mark Dominik said the development of their young offensive linemen led to Vincent's release.

“Why would we release Keydrick? For us, (Ted) Larsen played OK. Certainly he had his hiccups in the game, but he did play well,” said Dominik. “We are encouraged by where Faine’s progress is going, which will give us some depth again. Much like LeGarrette (Blount) or some of the other players that we brought in later, the young guys that we have like Larsen, Barker, and (Brandon) Carter on the practice squad have got the system down and are comfortable with the system.”

Vincent, 32, signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal late in free agency in the offseason. He beat out Jeremy Zuttah in the preseason for the starting left guard spot. Prior to joining the Bucs, Vincent played for the Panthers, the Cardinals, the Ravens, and the Steelers. He played high school football locally in Lakeland, FL.

Barker, who played his college ball at Virginia, was signed as a rookie free agent. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Barker came into the league with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Bucs in September.

"It's definitely exciting. It's what you are always trying to do," said Barker. "I think since I have come here that I have come a long way. It's a great team and great organization. It's also a good system and there are good guys to go up against everyday."

Dominik also said the team will be without starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood against Arizona, and Barker was needed for the 53-man roster. Dominik said center Jeff Faine is getting closer to coming back, and that there is hope he can return for the game against Atlanta on November 7th. When Faine does return current center Jeremy Zuttah would likely move over to left guard. If that happens, Larsen would then be the backup at center and guard.

"Zuttah is playing really well right now," said Dominik. "He is playing better and better each week in what we are asking him to do, not only at center, but also at guard. It's part of the long-term planning of this football team. We also like these long guys on the practice squad and we don't want to lose them. Once you bring them up and back down, you expose them to the (waiver) wire again, and you really would rather that they not get claimed and that you keep the work that you put into them."

- Charlie Campbell and Wolf Heard contributed to this article

Last modified on Thursday, 04 November 2010 08:34

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    Maybe his runblocking was a subject of speculation to them? Maybe they figured they had enough bad runblockers and are cutting when they see fit? Regardless, there HAS to be a logical reason why he was dropped (depth) at the halfpoint of the season. I agree with Dom that he hasn't done much in reg season, but gee man, wasn't that a decent "depth" guy? With all the good choices you've made, I'll reserve judgement, but it does seem a bit questionable to release him at this date and time.
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    We need depth on the O-line and now we cut Vincent. This is just a way to save money. The Glazers are doing the same thing with their soccer club. Come on Glazers sell one of your teams.
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    Absolutely ridiculous comment; but predictable that someone would think this is a cost cutting move by the " cheap" Glazers. You may be surprised to know, all of the NFL owners have other business interests and portfolios that the public knows nothing about .Should they sell them diablo5597? How do you think these owners generated enough in their treasure chests to buy a team in the first place? Does anyone seek to scrutinize the connections those other revenue sources have with their football teams? No, they don't. How about asking Arthur Blank to sell his interest in Home Depot since the economy is slowing down the home improvements and he had to lay off two people in the paint department. Do you really think Vincent, who has been cut four times, would even be on the team next year anyway? Is it not logical that half of the players on the practice squad were offensive linemen because Dominik recognized that Vincent and maybe others on the active roster were short-term? The depth is being developed to the point a worn out player like Vincent can be replaced with a prospect and you just weren't paying attention.
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    Although our 4-2 record stirs some excitment, I think its creating a false sense of reality. The fact we have a few wins is giving the organization the belief that everything is ok and being young is easy. It's overshadowing our true weekness's. We are extremely young and by cutting veterans and not signing free agents, and having zero depth will have a massive backlash down the road. I fear we are going to hit a stretch of loses that will demoralize our entire staff and team and with a young gm, young coach,and no leadership from players will be tough to overcome. I hope I'm wrong and we keep winning and growing but starting 6 rookies last week and maybe more to come cannot be a formula for long term success.
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    The Bucs have to be the youngest team at this point. Good stuff. Love the show of heart of this team at this point! Hope it keeps up.
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    Now if they would bring up Briscoe and George Johnson while dumping Stovall and Sims.......
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    You would think that after they release a Gaurd they would bring up a guard? I was hoping for Brandon Carter but I guess Will Barker is better for the team? I don't know who he is but hopefully he play's good.
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    They look at Zuttah as a guard. So they have Larson and Zuttah who can both play left guard. Depth on the O-line was definately an issue coming into the season, but it seems Dominik brought in a few young studs that really picked up the system quick. The cutting of Vincent speaks volumes as to what the coaches are probably saying about the young linemen.
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    We're like the NFLs version of the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Just when it seemed we couldn't get any younger we do. If this team finishes .500 or better it will be one of the most suprising seasons in Tampa Bay history.
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    This is beautiful!! The Bucs get younger, and as stated they know the system. Hasn't this young team surpassed most expectations set on them already? Let up, let the young OL come in and get some games under their belts, a few wins will sure to follow. Next year would be my 10 win expectation based on what I see this year, and this year I see a team that "may" go to the playoffs. Enjoy the ride... It's truly exciting to see such a classy young group of men hold their heads and play to the last whistle, I have seen no give up, and in my opinion, that is what I hope from the move to get the OL younger. 4 wins so far, maybe 4 more to come who knows, but for now I cheer, and boo with excitement, not resentment that nothings being done to get better.
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    Agree on Faine. He's absolutely a bad-*censored* when healthy, but he's trending towards missing games every season. Bicep/Tricep tears and such are signs of age, overwork and often times steroid use as well (the muscle "outgrows" the ligaments supporting them). In Faine's case, his violent play is most likely the culprit (I don't believe he's a 'roider). Zuttah seems to be playing well at Center, I hope one of our big, young boys is ready to step up at Guard. By the end of the season, we could have a 60-80% new O-line at this pace.
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    At first, much like the Yarber signing & the Alex Van Pelt signing & the release of a A.B. among other things this FO has done, I was in disbelief. But just like all those other cases, after reading Dominik's comments I feel that this was a great move. Lets be honest, Keydrick looked decent in the pre-season but what has he done in the REGULAR SEASON? He hasn't made any out-of-the-ordinary impacts for this football team. Those rookies proved they had the ability to fill his shoes last Sunday. And Im sure the Bucs coaching staff has broken their backs coaching these young guys up to NFL level. Great strategy once again Dom. Great strategy. One day we will look back at Dominik and Raheem as the greatest tandem to ever run this organization.
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    I hope Zuttah continues to play at Center. Faine has so much history with injuries; I wouldn't play him until he has heeled. I definitely wouldn't start him, but work him in gradually so he doesn't do something else to his body.
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    Does this make us the youngest team in the NFL now?
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    I'm scratching my head over this one
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    As if our running game wasn't struggling enough. Lets hope the Bucs check their balls and draft or pick up a top teir O-lineman in the offseason.
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    Lee's time to shine and Larsen needs to step it up.
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    Holy crap. Wow. I really figured they were working towards getting him back into the lineup (I thought he looked quite effective preseason). Time to get those rookies fully up to speed! Zuttah does look decent at Center and I thought Lee played well when he stepped in. Every week is a new adventure it seems.... Go Bucs!
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