Home » PR Reacts » Articles » Bucs Cut Piscitelli, Moore to IR, Make Roster Moves
  • increase font size
  • Default font size
  • decrease font size


November 30, 2010 @ 4:13 pm
Current rating: 4.00 Stars/1 Votes

Bucs Cut Piscitelli, Moore to IR, Make Roster Moves

Written by Pewter
Report Staff
Pewter Report Staff

Pewter
Report Staff

Staff E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Buccaneers cut safety Sabby Piscitelli and placed DE Kyle Moore, G Davin Joseph, and S Cody Grimm on injured reserve. Four players were added to the active roster and two players were signed to the practice squad.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really shook up their active roster on Tuesday. The Bucs officially placed right guard Davin Joseph, safety Cody Grimm, and defensive end Kyle Moore on injured reserve. Tampa Bay also released veteran safety Sabby Piscitelli.

Piscitelli, 27, was a second-round pick by the Bucs in 2007. In four years with the team, he played in 43 games with 20 starts and tallied 161 tackles, five interceptions, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. This season Piscitelli totaled 15 tackles with one interception that was returned 31 yards. Piscitelli’s interception was a critical play that led to the Bucs late fourth quarter comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The interception set up kicker Connor Barth’s game winning field goal in the Bucs 24-21 road victory. Piscitelli was a core special teams player that was fifth on the team in special teams tackles with nine.

Grimm, one of three seventh-round picks by the Bucs in 2010, started the last nine games at free safety. He recorded 61 tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 11 yards for a touchdown against the Bengals.

Joseph has started 67 games, including all 11 games this season. The Bucs selected Joseph in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Moore saw action in seven games this season and was a starter for all of them. He recorded 29 tackles, six quarterback pressures, and two fumble recoveries. Moore was a fourth-round pick in 2009.

To fill their spots on the active roster Tampa Bay made a plethora of moves. They promoted three players from the practice squad – wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, safety Vince Anderson, and guard Brandon Carter. Tampa Bay also signed safety Larry Asante from the Cleveland Browns practice squad.

Anderson was signed by Tampa Bay after being waived by the New York Giants. He entered the NFL in 2009 and spent the 2009 season on the Giants practice squad. Anderson has been on the Bucs practice squad for all of the 2010 season.



Carter was first signed by the New Orleans Saints after going undrafted last April. The Texas Tech product Carter missed the final cut with New Orleans and was signed by Tampa Bay to the practice squad. Carter has been on the Bucs practice squad for the past 11 weeks. He was a first team All Big-12 honoree as a senior. With the Red Raiders, Carter was known for his unique appearance that on game days included face paint, Mohawk, and tattoos on the side of his head.

Asante was a fifth-round pick (160th overall) by the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was cut at the end of the preseason and has been on the Browns practice squad this entire season. In his career at the University of Nebraska, Asante started 36 of 39 games and recorded 224 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions. He was a first-team All Big-12 selection as a senior. Entering the NFL, Asante had the reputation as a hard hitter and a good run defender that was limited athletically.

Tampa Bay also added two players to their practice squad. The team signed wide receiver Ed Gant and defensive end E.J. Wilson. Wilson entered the league as a fourth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in two games before being released on November 23rd. At North Carolina Wilson amassed 150 tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. Gant was an undrafted free agent out of North Alabama in 2009. He spent all of last season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad and this season as well before being released on November 16th.

The Buccaneers had passed over starting Piscitelli twice this year. Once for Sean Jones at strong safety and a second time when Cody Grimm was named the starting free safety after Tanard Jackson was suspended for the season after Week 2. After losing the starting battle to Jones, Piscitelli made public comments that it was not a fair competition, and head coach Raheem Morris answered that it was sad Piscitelli felt that way but nobody cared.

The Buccaneers were faced with the prospects of starting a player who had a run in with coaches and a player that was not part of the long-term plan. Piscitelli was a free agent after the season and the two parties were prepared to mutually part ways after this season.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and Morris have continued to purge the team of veterans that were not players that they initially brought on to the team. Over this year the Bucs released veteran wide receiver Michael Clayton, tight end Jerramy Stevens, defensive tackle Chris Hovan, running back Clifton Smith, and defensive tackle Ryan Sims. Dominik and Morris had re-signed Stevens, Clayton, and Sims in their first free agency period in 2009.

With Piscitelli released the starting free safety will be determined in practice this week. Backup Corey Lynch has been on the roster this year and for part of 2009. Cornerback Ronde Barber is an option to play safety. If Barber is moved to safety E.J. Biggers would most likely start at right corner and rookie Myron Lewis would be the nickel cornerback. Anderson and Lynch are the prime two safety competitors at this time.

- Wolf Heard and Charlie Campbell contributed to this article

Last modified on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 23:22
ARTICLE RATING

Only registered users can rate articles!

COMMENTS

  • avatar


    Cleveland was apparently miffed at the Bucs for grabbing Larry Asante off of their practice squad. They decided to show us by grabbing Sabby "The Pisser" Piscitelli before we could change our mind and put him back on the team. I can guarantee you a dark cloud just appeared over the Cleveland practice facility. If Coaches Morris and Lake gave up on "The Pisser" I can pretty much feel like the Bucs are better off for it. Larry Asante out of Nebraska was 1st team All Big 12 and a 5th round pick by the Browns. Mel Kiper rated him as a mid 4th round pick prior to the 2010 draft. He said that Asante had all the physical tools you look for in an NFL safety. He was raw after coming out of Coffeyville CC. He was recruited bu Raheem Morris for K State. So you have to feel that Rah thinks he can make a player out of Asante. Kiper felt Asante was a potential NFL starter after a couple of years of being coached up. Now Asante is in a place where he can get coached up properly. GO BUCS !!!!!
  • avatar


    Thank you Bucs for cutting him loose now before he might have cost this team another victory with his mindless, lost in space comprehension on how to play saftey. If you really want to get sick, go back and rewind the last 20 games Sabby played and watch his putrid tackling ability and his avoidance for physical contact. like lowering his head and trying to tackle someone below the waist. All the physical tools in the world and didn't know how to use them! Ruud isn't a horrible LB, but just insn't the type of run stuffing linebacker the Bucs need in the middle. His ability also to cover TE's and RB's seems to be lacking also. The Bucs will cut you if you are black. white, purple or green if you can't do your job (Clayton, Smith, Ward, Sabby, and whomever eles doesn't produce.
  • avatar


    Looks like Sabby will have to go fire his gun somewhere else. I agree with the list on the board--Sabby, Trueblood, and Ruud--Niko wasn't on there yet, but if Alston comes back healthy and continues to play well I see no reason why not. B. Carter's name was out there as a good late round pick before the draft, I also was a fan of Asante comming out of Nebraska. Vince Anderson has been listed as a CB on the Bucs' official roster so I'm not sure what the story is there. Looking forward to seeing Briscoe after all the talk. Am having issues with Spurlock's return ability as well. Why aren't they using Parker? I thought he had some value there. Anybody else notice the drop in Ruud's play after the Grimm injury? We'll see more at Atlanta, but I think that speaks well to Grimm.
  • avatar

    Wow! I have a full colonoscopy this afternoon and I thought nothing could cheer me up. Thanks Rah and Dom for putting a smile on my face even while I'm getting violated.
  • avatar


    It's a great move. Lynch will probably get the nod and he knows where to be, that's twice as good as Sabby already. Barber is an option at Safety and should be highly considered. Rod Woodson did it with success and prolonged his career. Biggers has been playing well. Game experience - let the kids play. We'll be that much better in the long run.
  • avatar

    Wow! With the team really thin at safety, boom, down goes Piscitell. This sends a real clear message to the rest of the team. If you cop an attitude, you will not be here very long. You are a Safety. Don't let the Tight End get behind you. I think Reheem was furious at the press conference. He said the Todd Heap play was on him. I think he fixed the situation.i
  • avatar


    One has to admire the willingness of Mark Dominik to cut ties, with now two, of Bruce Allen's second round draft picks who proved they were not NFL players. To cut the back-up safety when the starter is lost for the season is really a strong statement as to how little faith the team had in # 21. Sabby went from thinking he had regained the starting job only to be shown the exit. I'll bet that got people's attention. The other part of the transaction was bringing in young players to develop instead of some worn-out over-paid has been like Allen would have done.
  • avatar


    My hat is off to Rah and Dom! Thanks for finallly cutting Sorry Sabby, and love the great roster moves. Young Lynch looked just as good this preseason as our future All Pro Lynch looked when he started out with the Bucs many years ago out of Stanford University. I have watched every Buc game from the beginning of the Franchise. When all these young Bucs really get experienced we will be an elite team again. My prediction on Lynch is that he will be just as good as Grimm this year, but if I am wrong, all Rah has to do is move Barber to free safety and give him a few more years on his great career, and Grimm will be back by then; so we will be just fine at safety in my view. Can't wait to see Briscoe make the most of his opportunity too. The Bucs almost beat Atlanta in their dome, lets defend our home field and play in our throwback jerseys just like we did last year when we shocked those Packers. Ha. Go Bucs!
  • avatar

    I think Sabby's goose was cooked when he whined about losing his starting job. Dom and Rah are trying to build this team with a solid group of players that will be accountable to each other. Sabby just doesn't fit the mold. I hope he can continue his career with another team and hopefully learn from the experience.
  • avatar

    I had an idea that BJ Upton should be strapped in a chair and made to watch 4200 plus hit of Pete Rose. Sabby should be made to do the same with an isolation on Grimm or Ronnie Lott. I'm coining a new phrase to describe Sabby. He's a "finesse safety".
  • avatar

    I posed this question elsewhere a couple days ago but don't remember where so here it is again. Does anyone think Cody was the best player on defense after Talib, McCoy and Ronde? Ever notice how Sabby always seemed to be jogging toward the pile? I think I maybe saw one big hit by him in my time watching the Bucs.
  • avatar


    I can't believe it! Christmas came early this year :-). I love these moves. I really like picking up L. Asante and moving Briscoe up. I seen about enough of Stovall at WR. He got 2 passes thrown at him and he dropped the one that hit him dead in the chest. I like him as a special teams guy though. Go Bucs!
  • avatar

    Does anyone think that based on his reaction to Jones winning the starting job in the beginning of the season, that maybe he didn't react too well when he was told Lynch would be starting next week? It might explain the timing of the move even though we are thinner at the safety position with the loss of Grimm. He struck me as an "I'm taking my ball and going home" type of guy. He always stayed away from contact. I would be shocked if anyone could produce film where Sabby was the instigator of "friendly fire" in a pile. I've never seen anyone consistently clapping as violently as he did after a tackle for a 3 yard gain on 3rd and 2. You could make the case that he was the Gramatica of the secondary. Man he loves himself. This town migrates to those who bring their lunchpail to work. We love those who show the effort and are not afraid to get dirty even if they sometimes fail. This princess belongs with D Ward. I wish him luck and that he takes this move and rededicates himself to being a football player and not simply an entertainer. I would much rather see him succeed in his second chance than to see this type of athletic ability wasted by yet another short sighted individual.
  • avatar

    To semi-quote Mike Singletary--Can't win with him....can't do it...won't do it!
  • avatar


    It's a poor workman that blames the tools. Jones didn't exactly look good getting burned for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. It's more about mouthing off than anything, although Clifton Smith was a company man. All the Gruden-era guys are going to be shown the door, partly because they would be too expensive to re-sign and partly because it helps create the illusion that the team was awful, so we have to bear the pains of rebuilding. Yes, we are 7-4, but we also have the fifth easiest schedule in the league, won heartstopping wins over some genuinely terrible teams and are on track to miss the playoffs. So get out there and beat a winning team, Morris and Domenik. The Glazers may not care, but a lot of us fans do. Just remember that the guy you draft to replace Ruud has to actually play or we'll be in year 3 of the rebuilding project.
  • avatar


    Out with the old and ineffective, in with the young and hungry and in some of the cases talented. I questioned why this wasn't done and now it takes place. I'll take youth and talent with upside over has beens or never will be's. i like Briscoe and I think he has special team talent and some WR ability in him. Anybody follow any of the other kids in college? The Bucs are on the right track! While we are not a top 10 team, we are a solid second tier team with youth that is steadly gaining experience. I would still like to see if RB Lumpkin can play. Lastly, initially i was bothered when Trueblood and Joesph and Faine went down with injuries. Oddly enough we seemed to play better as a unit with them out! I'm not so sure what that means except that perhaps we can do without Faine and True. I do want to see Joesph in the OL mix though. Is anyone going to the Atlanta game?! I will be going and perhaps we can have 50-55 thousand on hand to watch the Pirates pluck the hell out of the dirty birds. Bucs 27-Birds 24! What say you? Happy Holidays to all of you. Hug your wife and kiss your children because the rest is just a game! Peace.
  • avatar


    Sabby didn't have a "nose" for the ball and was consistently OFF assignment. The Ravens targeted him as SOON as he was in the game and it paid off. He was absolutely and athlete and he worked his *censored* off (I saw this at training camp), but he simply didn't have the metal aspect down at all and likely never will. As to race... oh good lord! White/black isn't even remotely relevant. Grimm was already mentioned obviously, but how anyone could not like/respect John Lynch I don't know (Sabby is probably twice the physical specimen that Lynch is/was but #47 was ALWAYS on the ball and was an absolutely ferocious hitter). We're cycling through players so fast at this point that it is often a game or two before I KNOW the "race" of a given player. Totally irrelevant. Honestly, not even worthy of this post.
  • avatar


    I have a gut feeling this Vince Anderson guy is going to be very servicable. For one thing he has been on the practice squad for over 3 months, so he knows the defense and should be ready to contribute. Then there's the fact that Dom has an eagle eye for gems, and Rah is a secondary specialist. I don't think they cut Sabby and promote Vince Anderson unless Mr. Anderson has been impressive in practice. I'm not expecting a play making game changer, but lets hope he is a smart, dependable safety with good instintcs like Grimm. Something Sabby could never be.
  • avatar


    I'm glad Briscoe got called up before some other team did it. I figure he will be one of the "inactives" for a couple games. I sure hope someone is assigned to follow Gonzalles around as he is their key Receiver. He can still rumble as an old TE. I give Coach and Dom a lot of credit for turning this team around so fast. By next season there will only be a few players still from the old regime on the team. I hope Caddy and Barber are some of them. Go Bucs! One win at a time! Either Rudd makes big improvements in the next two games or he is gone too. Does anyone know who takes the wireless helmet for defensive calls when Rudd is out of the game?
  • avatar


    I'm glad they finally got rid of Piscitelli. He was a legend in his own mind. They should have done it when he politiced to the media back when Sean Jones beat him out. GO BUCS !!!!!
  • avatar


    Something doesn't add up, we were already thin at saftey, Sabby was relegated as a back up if needed, now that he is needed, he's being let go, I'm sorry, but it just doesn't jive. Can't say I was a big fan of his, but surely he's serviceable.
  • avatar

    Can't let this one go by. Piscitelli was cut because he played badly, not because he was white. Despite all your disclaimers, the impression your post gives is that race IS an issue for you. Otherwise, why write all these words about it at all? Personally, I think trying to make it about race is ridiculous. Remember Cody Grimm? You know, the WHITE guy who has started all year at FS and would STILL be starting if not for a freak injury? I challenge you to find a Bucs fan of ANY RACE who wasn't impressed with Grimm's assignment-sound tackling and hard-hitting this year. Grimm is everything that Sabby isn't. Don't make this about race. It's about football.
  • avatar


    Not for one second do I believe race has anything to do with that, I could care less if every player was either black or white like I said, quit trying to look so damn pc, I have to deal with real racist jerks all the time where I work, and I hate it when it digs into the football team I love. If you were in my shoes, then perhaps you'd understand, but don't you dare imply I'm in any way I am anything of the sort as you have NO idea what race I am. I was simply describing the unbelievable things I hear that are in fact very racist. What I said was that despite the trend, that in no way do I believe it has anything to do with race, and if it did it would be a disgrace. I won't ever touch on this again, but I don't expect to be piled on by people that supposedly share the same enthusiasm for the same team. My all time favorite players are Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott, again, I don't give a rat's behind what color they are, if I chose to make a comment about something that may have offended you or others, then I apologize. I guess I didn't make it clear that I work with some admitted racist people, and I chose to call them friends only because despite that ugly element within them, I just think that they're ignorant and actually feel sorry for them. So get off my back!
  • avatar


    You know what Sabby, Ruud, Koutouvides, and trueblood all have in common besides being white? They all suck dude. I'm white and I'd like to the the Bucs move on with out all those guys next year. It has nothing to do with skin color. Nobody was hating on Grimm cause he's a stud. Sabby was cut because when they needed him most he came in and immediatly screwed up and gave up a huge TD to Todd Heap. End of story. No conspiracy.
  • avatar


    Nobody said I thought there was any conspiracy going on, I said if it is happening the way some racist people are suggesting or merely hoping, then I would be extremely disgusted, so I hope your post was directed at those I mentioned and not me, because I could very easily prove you wrong, even though I disagree with who you think sucks,as I'm sure people in the game that know better than both of us would also disagree that all 3 of those players suck, because they don't. End of story.
  • avatar


    "them all". way to make it racial related instead of football related. you're post was just unnecessary. and btw, do you actually "pray" that you're black friends at work don't have any racist thoughts about the white players..........
  • avatar


    All I can say is........................Free At Last! Free At Last! Good Lord Almighty We're Free At Last!!!!!! One last GruAllen player off this roster!Those two could not evaluate talent for the life of them! Now all we need is Ruud gone!
  • avatar


    All I can say is........................Free At Last! Free At Last! Good Lord Almight We're Free At Last!!!!!! One last GruAllen player off this roster!Those two could not evaluate talent for the life of them! Now all we need is Ruud gone!
  • avatar


    And with the release of Sabby Piscitelli; the number one candidate for the coveted Team Scapegoat is ...................Niko Koutouvides. Back to back "illegal block in the back" penalties cost the mighty Bucs much needed field position. Any more of that # 53 and you will be cast aside for the likes of Practice Squad star Tyrone McKenzie. Wonder why Ruud is the starter in spite of his shortcomings?
  • avatar

    I don't know maybe it's just me but I've never been so happy to see a guy get cut before!
  • avatar

    As much as I hated Sabby's game, I wish him good luck. Chippendale idea is perfect. He would fit in well with the Lions after watching Brady carve them up on Tgiving. He is as bad as the rest of their secondary. It will be interesting to see who picks him up.
  • avatar

    A+ for Morris and Dominik for these moves, especially for releasing Sabby P. When Freeman is as off the mark as he was last game, bring in Johnson. Give Freeman more plays to throw on the move with the option to run and Blount blocking for him. He is really tough and it buys time for the receivers to get open. Let Freeman call more plays. Eliminate the least productive plays from the Play Book. Like what the hell good are they? Somebody better be doing a big time critque on Olsen's play calling. Lets go to the playoffs.
  • avatar


    Let me get this straight, The Bucs wait until we loose Grimm to IR before cutting Piscitelli? I thought loosing a safety would mean more security for Sabby, not less. I don't question the Bucs anymore because they have done an outstanding job out of nothing, but really? Can't wait to find out why this is so brilliant I guess.
  • avatar


    Can Briscoe return kickoffs and punts? Spurlock is currently ranked 26 in KR and 20 in PR. Also, are we looking for a real punter? Malone is currently ranked 45 in gross average and 47 in net average.
  • avatar


    Spurlock is running scared thats why our field position sucks now. I don't know what happened to him. Maybe he's scared of getting hurt now that he is playing on offense. I'm glad they finally called Briscoe up. If he can return kicks please let him do it, or atleast get the players to block better. we really miss Peanut now.
  • avatar


    Wow, I knew he got beat again Sunday. He has always seemed too aggressive on plays and allowed himself to be out of position but as weak as we are now without Cody I am stunned. Probably the best move in the long run though. We have had younger guys come in and fill holes all year. Hopefully this will workout again. Really a shame about Cody, he was doing very very good. I hope he can bounce back next year. I will always remember his INT at Cincy, it was right in front of me in the end zone. Reminded me of Rhonde a lot. Best wishes Cody. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!! Pick it up and beat ATL next week. WE are looking better and better.
  • avatar


    Maybe Sabby will become a Chippendale in Las Vegas!
  • avatar

    Don't joke like that. I work at the RIO!!! Lol
  • avatar


    Wish they'd snatched a MLB off of a practice squad instead of a receiver ....just saying....cRuud!
  • avatar


    Well, Raheem was gracious by not throwing Sabby under the bus, but anybody who's watched Cover-2 for a long time KNOWS that Sabby was out of place on that play. I keep hoping for Lynch, but something must be keeping him off roster and only on Special Teams.....
  • avatar


    They probably figured that as the cover 2 is the base defense they run and if he doesn't know where he is supposed to be positioned in the base defense after 3 years of playing it, that he never will.
  • avatar

    This is very good managing. I think we got a steal with Asante. Too bad it's not Asante Samuel...;) Anyway, I'm interested to see if Dez Briscoe gets some playing time to give Williams or Straughter a few snaps to rest. I still think he is a dangerous receiver in his own right and I want to see us keep him. Who would have thought we would be this deep at WR after seeing A.B. leave last year prior to the draft? We had noone but Straughter left back then. What a tremendous draft class this turned out to be. Just like a good pirate should, I love the way we are pilfering the other teams practice squads. Go Bucs!!
  • avatar


    I've been calling for this one forever. I guess the Bucs finally figured out that he mentally does not have a clue about where he needs to be on the field. Good for them, better late than never. I sure hope Dom has pulled off another good snitch from another team's practice squad with the Larry Asante signing! Piscatelli, I wish you the best in the future, I know you tried.
  • avatar

    The SUCKITELLI era is OVER! Strange they did it this late in the season, but he has been a very weak link in the defense when he plays. So long sabby, good luck in you future endeavours!
  • avatar

    As bad as Sabby has been, I didn't see this one coming. I love the way Dom and Rah are willing to fix mistakes. Having Sabby in our line-up was definitely a mistake.
  • avatar


    Wow! Guess the TD by Heap was the final straw for SP.
  • avatar


    Very good moves imo.....hopefully Dom finds another steal in Asante.
  • avatar

    Wow!!! Love the 3 moves to our active roster and loving the Asante signing...
Only registered users can write comments!
  • Blog

  • Articles

  • Around the Web

more RSS feed
moreRSS feed

Magazine

View Magazine Front
The Buccaneers’ Christmas Wish List The Buccaneers’ Christmas Wish List The Bucs may be on Santa’s naughty list after posting a worse record in 2013 than the team did last year, but they might as well make a Christmas wish list anyways to get some ... [+] Read more
Missed an Issue? Archive
View Magazine Front

Poll

Which position should the Bucs adress with the No. 7 pick?


Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hide Tools Show Tools