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November 22, 2011 @ 3:54 pm
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Bucs Waive Okam, Sign Te'o-Nesheim From Eagles Practice Squad

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Former Washington Huskie DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was signed from the Eagles practice squad Tuesday and the team waived DT Frank Okam to make room on the active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim to their active roster from the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. The team also announced that they have waived DT Frank Okam.

Te'o-Nesheim (tuh-OH-NESS-ime) originally entered the league with the Eagles as a third-round pick (86th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at Washington. 

He started all 49 games of his career as a Huskie recording a total of 194 tackles, 30 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

In his rookie season with the Eagles, Te'o-Nesheim played in six regular season games and made one start, recording five tackles, one sack and one special teams tackle. He also played in the Eagles postseason contest against Green Bay. 

This season, Te'o-Nesheim has spent the first 11 weeks on Philadelphia's practice squad after being waived by the team on September 3 during final cut downs.

To make room on the active roster, the Buccaneers announced that they have waived DT Frank Okam who had been struggling with a calf strain suffered earlier this season and had missed the last three games.

Okam originally joined the Buccaneers practice squad on November 17, 2010, before being promoted to the team's active roster on November 24. In six games this season, Okam started in one game and recorded 15 total tackles.

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    Okam was probably waived after McCargo began to weep after seeing another new D-Lineman arrive....
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    Mark, my understanding is that Te'o Nesheim holds the all time record for sacks at Washington with 30 sacks in his career in addition to the stats you mentioned above. He also has superior strength for a man his size and weight and good quickness though not a real speed rusher, but gets his stats by having a good command of a number of moves. At 265 pounds and not being a real speed rusher, I am not sure he can compete with our starting DE's. What I am hoping is that he can be converted to an outstanding linebacker playing left outside LB. If he can make that transition successfully, he could be a starter there for a long time to come and would be great at sealing off the perimeter on runs to the outside, is a sure tackler, and a play maker. Only if he can successfully make that transition will I feel it was worth it to bring him in at the cost of losing Okam, who would have starter potential once he healed up as a DT for the Bucs.
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    what's with the Bucs love of PAC 10 and Big 12 players, don't know much about him but what i am reading he is a non-splash player in the league,not that the SEC is a fix all, but go get some of these players, they know big time football and against tough competition
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    Per his Combine page: A tough competitor who was a four-year starter in the Pac-10. Gets hands inside blockers' pads and sheds effectively to get after the passer. Prepares well and tracks the ball in traffic. Relentless effort allows him to get the most of his abilities. Does not have the size to play defensive end at the next level and lacks the athleticism to play outside linebacker. Slow getting off the ball and does not have the lateral agility to get around the edge. Gets pushed around in the running game and does not have the speed to make plays from the backside. Remember these are just opinions based on his college tape.
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    TE'O-Nesheim was given # 50, a Linebacker number.
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    Big Frank just didn't show much this season after seeming to be an effective space eater last year. Maybe it was the injury. I believe if a player is injured he has to be waived-injured and/or get some sort of an injury settlement. Interesting that the team chose not to put him on IR.
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    I’m surprised that with all the D-Line movement this season, Alex Magee has never gotten a call. I don’t think he’s playing in the NFL at all. He wasn’t great, but I thought he played decent last year. I knew about the weed in the car incident, but did that end his career? We gave up a 5th round pick to get him last year. Was this another Dominik blunder?
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    Agree. I've watched Odam specifically several times and found him to be quite effective. I'd love to hear him being brought back at some point. Also agree about Corners....bet Dom is out beating the PCs all over the country looking for a good one....bet they let Biggers go....to make room.
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    After watching this kid I came away very impressed he has a great hustle to him. Good get off, has a good spin move and surprisingly good strength. Has nice speed around the corner and knows how to use his hands very well. I also like that he hustles to the ball. I think we picked up a nice prospect here and hope that he makes an impact sooner rather than later.
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    He seems kind of small to be a DE. Think we move him to linebacker?
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    Would have preferred a CB. Any CB. From anywhere...
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    Or a Will LB - they're killing us out there.
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    PR - was Okam waived-injured or just flat out dropped? I know we have Al now, but Okam showed alot of promise.
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    not sure yet. We had no availability to today. I will find out tomorrow.
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