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November 3, 2010 @ 5:19 am
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Bucs Sign DT Al Woods

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Wolf Heard

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The Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Al Woods from the Steelers' practice squad. Woods was a fourth-round pick of the Saints in 2010.
With rookie Brian Price being put on injured reserve the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a void at the defensive tackle position. They filled it today with the signing of defensive tackle Al Woods from the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.

Woods entered the league as a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft with the New Orleans Saints. Woods played his college ball at LSU where he appeared in 41 games and recorded 73 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. In LSU’s 2007 National Championship season, the 6-foot-4, 311-pound Woods had 22 tackles, two sacks, and three fumbles recoveries.

The Bucs also signed defensive tackle Doug Worthington to their practice squad. Worthington was a seventh-round pick by the Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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    I like the Tomlin insider info angle. I've been wondering about such insider info at next years combine when the other Pouncy brother is working out. I know we need DE's but a sure thing lock down LG would be nice, and if they make the race to 10, which seems more possible every day, they'll be picking pretty low. (19-25-ish) If this DT Woods can work in the Bucs' system and Price comes back healthy...who knows, maybe he's a replacement for Simms. I agree with most of you, the front office has shown considerable skill at picking from other teams' practice squads. I believe in their abilities.
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    At this point, I'm putting my trust in Rah and Dom. Blount is a perfect example of an awesome pick-up. Also, I trust Rah's relationship with Tomlin.
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    It clearly seems like Rah might have gotten input from Tomlin considering the other DT we signed to the practice squad was also drafted by the Steelers.
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    Strange that Raheem would grab a guy from his best friend's practice squad. Surely he talked to Mike Tomlin before he did it. Maybe it was at Tomlin's suggestion?
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    PR- It would be nice to get some inside information on the guy soon. (not that I'm expecting anything major). It would be nice to hear why he was drafted as high as the 4th round (saints moved up to get him) but couldn't stick with the team. Then was only good enough to be on a practice squad after that?
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    I've heard that the Price injury could be career threatning. This would be terrible news if indeed it is true. Price and McCoy could have been a nice tandem for the Bucs for years to come. They said no surgery for the injury as well. Let's hope that this Wood kid works out. He is a wide, big body! Let's keep rotating them in until we find some football players who stick with the team and want to be part of the Buc organization. Anyone else surprised by the fact that we won with rookies on the O.L. this past week. Perhaps, this is a telling sign of things to come and potential players who will not be resigned next year... I'm just saying!
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    bucballer, I'm not surprised about replacements being better than the starters. Thank goodness that Morris and Dminick are not afraid to make changes. As for Price, I haven't heard anything about it might be career ending. He probably will have to first heel and then start rehab. I think we are a ways from his career being over. I also would like to know his past history with this injury and more detail than it is a hip injury.
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    Pewter Report had him ranked 20th in the 2010 draft. 6'3", 309, 5.14 40 "... not fast or explosive..inconsistent motor.... never met expectations or reached potential in college..."
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    Nice pick up.... good size, Steeler nasty training....
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    THREE of the NFL.COM NIKE TOP TEN PLAYS OF THE WEEK were BUCCANEERS!!! AWESOME!!!
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    All found on ESPN: Production: 2006: (6/0) 7 tackles, .5 TFL, .5 sack. 2007: (12/1) 22 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 FR. 2008: (10/3) 11 tackles. 2009: (13/13) 33 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 PBU, 1 BK. Height-Weight-Speed: Possesses good height and a thick lower half. Moves well laterally for size but top-end speed is marginal. Durability: Missed three games late in the 2008 season with a foot injury. Missed part of the Alabama contest this past fall with an unknown injury. Intangibles: Shed nearly 15 pounds heading into senior season and showed improved stamina and overall quickness. Had weight issues early in career which brings up slight concerns about overall work ethic.
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    Please please please be another practice squad gem like Donald Penn. Keep it going front office! You do better picking off the pile than on day one of the draft!
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    I wish they had picked up Frank Okam as a free agent.
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    I remember this guy in college. He was a beast, hence drafted in 4th round. A little strange that he wasnt better then practice squad material on saints and steelers. Of course, those are two pretty good teams and steelers run the 3-4 so there isnt a lot of depth on the active roster for a DT. Losing price hurts, hopefully when he comes back next year we can have a pretty solid DT rotation with this guy, Mccoy and Miller. Keep hustling BUCS!
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    Brian Price is on IR ..QUESTION PR??? will he be rehabbing or is he a surgical candidate.???? Lets have some promise for his future.
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    Now this is a good move. This is what I have been talking about; obtain players from other teams practice squads. Keep it going. We take a 4th round pick that another team tried to hide him because he still needed to develop and is not quite there yet to make the active roster. This will help us next year. He probably will get some playing time in a few weeks. This is good. Go Bucs! Continue to make it happen.
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    Don't know much about him..any chance he works out? Is he any good? I'll keep my expectations low, he's coming off a practice squad and is on his 3rd team in 1 season.
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    He was a great run stuffer and took up blockers in college. No idea what he does in the pros as he has been sitting on the Steelers practice squad. He obviously has potential people like but is raw because New Orleans drafted him in round 4 and tried to hide him on a practice squad. Pitt then tried to hide him on a practice squad. On the pessimistic side: he was a DT taken in round 4 in a draft loaded with DTs. A normal DT draft and he was probably a 5th to 6th rounder. Who knows... we'll see.
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    "On the pessimistic side: he was a DT taken in round 4 in a draft loaded with DTs. A normal DT draft and he was probably a 5th to 6th rounder." You are looking at this the wrong way. It being a deep draft at DT pushed better talent later. If this had been a normal draft he could have been a 3rd rounder possibly 2nd. Chances are he won't ever be a game changer as he was on a practice squad but we'll see. We seem to be having luck with late picks/UDFAs
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    not really heard of this guy but the NFL analysis of him when he was drafter by the saints was this: The stout interior defender flashes the ability to control the point, and gives the team a strong player to man their "one-technique" position.
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