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August 27, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
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UPDATE: Bucs Trim Roster Down To 75; Gant Waived, Bowers To PUP

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The Bucs first round of roster cuts were announced Monday evening with no major surprises. As expected guard Davin Joseph was placed on injured reserve and DE Da'Quan Bowers will start the season on the PUP list.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have made the following moves to reach the 75-man roster limit.

PLACED ON INJURED RESERVE
G Davin Joseph

PLACED ON RESERVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
DE Da'Quan Bowers

WAIVED
RB De'Anthony Curtis
LS Andrew DePaola
WR Greg Ellingson
TE Collin Franklin
WR Ed Gant
P Eric Guthrie
T Mike Ingersoll
LB Brian Smith
S Tramain Thomas
CB Marquese Wheaton

In the third and most important game of the preseason, six of the 10 players waived - Gant, Wheaton, Curtis, Thomas, Smith, Ingersoll, and Franklin - did not see any action.

The most notable of all the players cut is Ed Gant, who spent all of 2011 on the Bucs’ practice squad. After the first few days, Gant had a very quiet training camp followed by an even quieter preseason, with only one reception for 10 yards in the 20-7 win at Miami. Gant has good hands, but was very shaky when it came to route running and blocking – two things very important in Mike Sullivan’s passing offense.

Collin Franklin was signed by Tampa Bay last year and also spent time on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster. Franklin, an undrafted player out of Iowa State, played against Indianapolis and San Francisco is 2011. One of several receiving tight ends the Bucs carried on their 90-man roster, Franklin saw the least playing time in the three preseason games.

Tampa native and FIU product Greg Ellingson was signed by the Buccaneers from the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League, and was the most improved wideout in camp. Ellingson has very good speed, is developing solid route running ability, has reliable hands, and is a try-hard player. Ellingson was placed on other league exempt by New Orleans after he signed with the Bucs, and could find his way back to the Arena League. In six games for the VooDoo, Ellingson posted 33 receptions for 475 yards and 8 touchdowns and had his best performance against the Utah Blaze in March, catching 11 passes for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The final roster cuts will be this Friday (August 31) when teams must be down to 53 players. On Saturday the waiver period for players cut will expire at noon and afterward, any player that was not claimed is an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. Teams may also begin to sign players to their practice squads with a limit of eight, unless one player in considered "international" in which case they may carry nine. Players signed to a practice squad are still considered free agents and can sign at any time with another team.

-Mark Cook and Dory LeBlanc
Last modified on Monday, 27 August 2012 21:47
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    Duece Lutui if hes in good shape he fits perfectly with the big mauling style O-Line that Bostad is creating. He can come in tryout and if it doesnt work out we can cut him, but he has far too much talent not to get a look.
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    Bucs may have to go with Lawson and Hardman at guard unless someone interesting turns up. Beware of Trojans bearing gifts. I don't even know how Jordan Todman got to the Vikings from San Diego. He has had a sprained ankle and got his first PT on 8/25. 2 carries 7 yds, 1 catch 11 yards. Experts say he will be cut. Maybe we could at least put him on our practice squad. The kid has vision and speed. 5'9 193 lbs, might be on the small side. I really like what he brings to the table.
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    gaffney and stallworth wouldn't be bad for veteran min. i think there is a rule with vested veterans about pay both xpatriots so they know the discipline routine
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    Dominik should also keep his eyes open for another DT.
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    Need to find replacement for Davin Joseph - Larson is NOT the answer.
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    No surprises here.
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    I'd have to agree there are no surprises there. I'm a little surprise the Bucs really think Bowers could play this season, or should, but they know far more than I do. The more interesting cuts will come Friday night of course. I wonder if there's an order to claim players from other teams we may want in Tampa?
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    Perhaps Larsen is a capable back up. Is that the optimal person to fill the starting role left by Joseph?
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    Larsen is a capable backup
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    Bucs have to find someone to replace Joseph from these cuts or the next round. There must be a guard out there better than Larsen and Hardman.
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