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September 5, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
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Bucs Sign 8 To Practice Squad, Claim TE Pianalto Off Waivers

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The Bucs claimed TE Zack Pianalto and signed eight to their practice squad as the team continues to finalize its 53-man roster in preparation for their season opener Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts the Detroit Lions. The Bucs cut DE George Johnson and CB D.J. Johnson to make room for Pianalto and LB Zac Diles.

The Buccaneers announced the signing of eight players to the team’s practice squad on Monday. Tampa Bay signed offensive tackle Will Barker, free safety Ahmad Black, quarterback Rudy Carpenter, tight end Collin Franklin, wide receiver Ed Gant, tight end Daniel Hardy, running back Mossis Madu and linebacker Derrell Smith to the practice squad.

All eight practice squad players were released by the Bucs. Black was Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick and Hardy was the Bucs’ seventh-round pick in 2011.

The Bucs also announced that the team claimed tight end Zack Pianalto off waivers from Buffalo, who released the North Carolina product on Saturday as part of the team’s roster cut downs.

Pianalto had 94 catches for 918 yards and three touchdowns in 34 games at North Carolina. He was the nation’s second-leading tight end in receiving six games into the college football season this past year. He had 30 receptions for 311 yards and one score before a broken leg ended his season. It was the second broken leg of his collegiate career to go along with a dislocated foot. 



The Bucs liked the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder prior to the draft, as reported by Charlie Campbell in his PI Quick Hits on April 10, but opted to spend a seventh-round pick on Hardy, who didn’t have the injury history in college that Pianalto did. Tampa Bay isn’t as concerned about broken bones compared to torn ligaments when accessing a player with an injury concern. Pianalto's skill set as both a blocker and a receiver is what interests Tampa Bay.


The team also announced the signing of LB Zac Diles to a 2-year deal. Diles was drafted by Houston in 2007 and was signed by St. Louis in 2010 before being released this preseason. Diles played for head coach Raheem Morris at Kansas State in 2006.

In Houston, Diles played in 50 career games with 33 starts. He has amassed 209 career tackles, one sack, one interception, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He has also added 20 special teams stops in his four-year career. Diles had his best season in 2010, playing in 15 games with 11 starts and finishing third on the team with a career-high 81 tackles.

Tampa Bay released defensive end George Johnson and cornerback D.J. Johnson to make room for Diles and Pianalto.

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    I agree, G Johnson looked like the man.....Now who is Zack Pinalto? why was he let go??? The evalueating od cast offs by the Bucs has looked good so far Lets hope Dominic still knows what he's doing..... Go Bucs !!!!!!!!
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    Well said FlboyinDallas. One meaningless practice game observed by we fans does not equate to the hours of study by the personnel staff. I'll go out on a limb and suggest that Dominik saw those three sacks too.
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    George Johnson didn't look anything more than average when he played in the first half vs Miami against 1st & 2nd stringers. Plus Dominik & Morris have the advantage of every single day's practice film this year to evaluate him. You guys watch a couple sacks against guys who are now bouncing at night clubs or driving Budweiser trucks and get your panties all wet. I'll never understand how people can see a plan unfolding and advancing with success, yet criticize when some guy they had a positive mental image of gets cut. Do you honestly believe you have access to better information and analysis than the Bucs? Really?
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    Oh now I get it the Bucs don't evauate players in pre season games only in practice ok thx flyboy that cleared things up for me.
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    Why all of the fuss over DE George Johnson? He's not exactly the reincarnation of Lee Roy Selmon for getting sacks against left tackles who are now on the street. It says more about the depth of our roster that Dominik can't find better players waiting for their phones to ring.
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    why have a preseason to evualuate talent when you lead the league in sacks and you don't make the team anyway! That tells me they already predetermined the roster before preseason.
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    jongruden those are my thoughts exactly!
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    I like the additional additional that Tampa pickup, plus bring some of the other players back, but they still need another RB, to really filled a big void after Blount. GO BUCS
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    What a croc of s*** letting G.Johnson go to sign some scrub rookie TE from buffalo, Im telling you,im starting to get really worried about all these BS signings!!!! WTF Dominik,dont start being a d***h***,your gonna lose fans over this BS!!!! DUMBA**!!!! And why the hell is Mack,Bradford,&Lumpkin still on the roster?? So frustrated.
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    Who are we going to cut when we sign an RB? Lumpy I hope.
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    The biggest sign to me that the Bucs are on top of talent is the two tight ends released were picked up by two teams that had an order rank above Tampa in picking up free agents. Dominik and Morris are a dynamic duo.
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    Don't get letting George Johnson go. DJ was a stretch to make the roster. Hope we can get them both on the practice squad. Like the rest of practice squad signings.
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    Yes glad we brought back Ed Gant. We also have Webber on injured reserve. Both of those receivers will be very good next year. watch for them!
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    Kudos to the Bucs in signing Black, Carpenter, Gant, and Smith to the Practice Squad. Its great to have them there for further development. However, who in the world is TE Colin Franklin? Since we have Lorig who can also play TE, we didn't have to put Pinalto on the regular roster, who is injury prone and does not even know our playbook yet, and bump George Johnson, our top sacker in preseason who does know our playbook!!! Doesn't make good sense to me. Pinalto should have been signed to the Practice Squad instead of Franklin, who Sproting News and Lindys neither one listed at all in their draft reviews and left George Johnson on the roster.
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    The Bills got the TE we wanted, Lee Smith and we got the TE, Zach Pinalto that they didn't want. Then we cut George Johnson. My confidence in Mark Dominik supercedes any concerns I may have about these two transactions. But, I have had better Labor Days. I like the practice squad and have faith that the pieces will eventually fall into place.
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    I think now that we have brought in Pianalto and signed our draft pick Hardy to the PS we are fine at the TE position. We can let Collin Franklin go, and sign George Johnson onto the practice squad as long as he is not signed by somebody else first. If he is signed away sign DJ Johnson to the PS and still release Collin Franklin. I also believe Mossis Madu should have made the final running back cut over Allen Bradford, who really showed nothing in preseason. We need a change of pace back to go along with our bruisers Graham and Blount. Over all however I think the team looks promising.
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    I thought QB John Crompton played better than Rudy Carpenter. Just my opinion.. What do I know.
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    I agree. Rudy we know about? Slow and not a strong arm. Crompton showed a lot after a couple of series.
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    Glad to see we kept Gant for practice squad...something about that kid...he showed a lot of heart that last game!
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    PR I know you are reading from the script, but really? Both of these Johnson's gone and we're hoping that bothwere replaced by players on the already "we're excited club"! It hurts for me to be negative because one of my favorite players ever is gone ( Lee Roy Selmon). I have to speak over my sorrow. Why AJ Johnson and George Johnson cut? Why this Pianalto over Hardy? Where is the RB help after Blount? What the h### with our back up OL! What happens if McCoy can't make it? Where is any DB that we haven't seen before is better than A J Johnson as a rookie? This is tough to take, but I will hang in there because I have to hope that Coach and GM know a hell of lot more than most of us. It's tough because about a half a dozen of our rooster players are not NFL potential. Tough to take, but Go Bucs! Get Better! Oh yeah? I forgot? I can't speak out because that makes me a non supportive Buc for a few.
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    Yeah, I would've liked to see both of those guys stay. Could've dumped Elbert Mack instead of one of those guys. Maybe they're gonna pick up someone like Everette Brown, I notice the Panthers cut him. I'd like to see it, he's got upside. Also, Evan Royster is on the Redskins practice squad. I'd love to see us pull another Briscoe type move and snag him. He looked good against us the other night and we need a quicker type back. Aside from that, I like the acquisitions. GO BUCS!
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    Dont like the release of G Johnson. I would have released Mack instead or even Crowder. Johnson lit it up in pre season and he'll prob get claimed. Hopefully they sign him to a larger contract similarily with what they did with Briscoe. Where is our new RB!?
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    Why is Lumpkin still on the team? He offers no plus skill set and he had an awful preseason.
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    Dont know if I would of got rid of johnson, I thought he played really well this pre season and had alot of talent. I would of much rather of seen a guy like elbert mack get cut because we already know how he's gonna do. Are practice squad team isnt that bad tho.
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