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September 3, 2012 @ 3:26 pm
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Bucs Look To Develop Young Talent On The Practice Squad

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After a whirlwind weekend of waiving and signing players, the Bucs have released the eight players signed to their practice squad. As expected, some of the players signed are familiar faces around One Buc Place.
With a new head coach comes tons of changes. On Monday the Buccaneers continued their reshuffling of the roster – from the 53-man to the practice squad.

Tampa Bay announced that it has re-signed defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry and waived guard Julian Vandervelde.

Gilberry was waived Saturday – in the middle of practice – to make room for Vandervelde.

The team also announced it has released guard Brian Folkerts from the practice squad and signed offensive tackle Bradley Sowell to the practice squad in addition to linebacker Jacob Cutrera, tight end Drake Dunsmore, wide receiver Dale Moss, wide receiver Bert Reed, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, quarterback Adam Weber and defensive end Markus White.

Here is a brief synopsis of each of the practice squad players:

LB J.K. Schaffer  (6-0, 232)
Shaffer was a productive linebacker during his senior season for the Cincinnati Bearcats (115 tackles, 3.5 sacks) but wasn’t selected in this past April’s NFL Draft. Schaffer was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and had 20 tackles and one interception during the preseason before being released last Friday.

DE Markus White (6-4, 268)
White was a former linebacker for the Seminoles but converted to linebacker after being selected by the Washington Redskins in 2011. White played in two games for Washington in 2011, primarily on special teams. He suffered a kidney injury this past preseason wand was released by the Redskins on Friday.

WR Bert Reed (5-10, 180)
Reed impressed scouts at the FSU pro day last spring after running an official 4.46 in the 40, although some scouts unofficially timed Reed in the 4.3’s. Reed wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine despite a fairly productive career in which he had 170 receptions for 2022 yards and 10 touchdowns.

OT Bradley Sowell (6-7, 320)
Sowell had an up-and-down training camp for the Buccaneers, looking solid one day and every bit like a rookie the next. With the offseason injury to Donald Penn, Sowell was given more reps as Demar Dotson worked with the first team. Sowell was released last Saturday – during practice – but added back to the practice squad on Monday.

LB Jacob Cutrera (6-3, 283)
Cutrera is entering his third year in the league and was signed by the Bucs off Jacksonville’s practice squad last October. Signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie in 2010, Cutrera played in eight games as a Jag his rookie campaign. Arriving in Tampa Bay midway through the 2011 season, Cutrera saw playing time in the final eight games, while registering three tackles. At 6-foot-3, Cutrera has nice height for his position (MLB) and is always playing hard on special teams. Cutrera’s biggest downside is his experience, having started six out of 49 games at LSU, and never starting a game in the NFL being a third-year player.

TE Drake Dunsmore (6-3, 235)
The second of the Bucs' seventh round draft picks in April, Dunsmore has a lot of upside as a tight end. The position is transitioning to better suit athletic-type tight ends, which fits the mold of Dunsmore. At Northwestern, Dunsmore made several highlight-reel catches, but was rarely asked to block – which may be one of the reasons Dunsmore is on the practice squad instead of the 53-man active roster.

WR Dale Moss (6-3, 213)
Moss signed as an undrafted rookie with Green Bay in May, but was waived on Friday and signed as a Buccaneer on Sunday. General manager Mark Dominik and director of scouting Dennis Hickey have a keen eye for the undrafted, developmental players – especially former basketball players. At 6-3, 213 pounds, Moss was a four-year basketball player at South Dakota State before being granted an extra year of eligibility which he used to register 61 catches, 949 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver. Although raw, Moss is an exceptional athlete and stands just shy of Vincent Jackson in size. Moss also possesses 4.3-4.4 speed. If Moss can polish his route running even more than he did in the offseason with the Packers, he could be one of the biggest finds out of the 2012 rookie class.

QB Adam Weber (6-3, 221)
Weber was signed by the Bucs after being waived by Denver and selected the Bucs' practice squad over the Broncos’. Weber played at Minnesota, where he finished his career as the Golden Gophers' all-time leader in career passing yards with 10,917 and career touchdown passes with 72. Weber was signed as an undrafted rookie by Denver in 2011, and played in one preseason game last year before being waived in the final cuts and signed to Denver's practice squad.

 –Mark Cook and Dory LeBlanc contributed to this report

Last modified on Monday, 03 September 2012 19:16

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    There's probably not a big drop off of talent from the players who made the team and the players on the practice squad, thats a clear sign of the lack of talent on this team
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    Now it is Wednesday and I am surprised that we did not pick up a ROG. I am glad that I was wrong and Blount is here to stay and prove that he is an effective 1-2 punch with Martin. I will keep my fingers crossed with Larsen at RG. go Bucs!
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    Lack of a OG is puzzling, it's a developmental squad, right? Vandervele OG would have been a good addition. Sean Baker looked damn good on the field, too...and he is not on the squad.
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    Dominik and Hickey have a keen eye for undrafted players ? They need to have a keen eye for 1st and 2nd round picks !
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    >> Signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie in 2010, Cutrera played in eight games as a Jag his rookie campaign. Arriving in Tampa Bay midway through the 2011 season, Cutrera saw playing time in the final eight games, while registering three tackles. << Something is wrong here, if Cutrera actually has 16 games experience (8 with Jags and 8 with us) he's not eligible for the practice squad. I suspect he has 8 games experience total which is 1 under the limit.
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    I love you guys but please proof read your stuff before posting!- doobiedoright. Again, I offer my discounted services as professional proofreader and proper grammatical English expert...not kidding here..could really use the work and yes I am one of those college students wondering where the jobs are. Jacob Cutrera weighs 283 pounds!!?? Why isn't he a linemen then? And where is Sean Baker on this list?!?! Kid had like 15/16 int's if I remember correctly coming out of college..WHY is he not on this list!!??
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    Well Gyus and Gals-A great aray of talent in the practice Squad. If this guy a find would that WR Dale Moss at 6-3/213 could move in for a roster spot if he performs great during the season and PRESTON PARKER were remove at that time. Plus I don't understand why UNDERWOOD OR SHIPLEY MAKE IT OVER PARKER! I'M NOT THE COACH. BUT IN THE PAST THERE ARE BETTER WR'S OUT THERE OVER PRESTON PARKER. I HOPE THAT THIS NEXT YEAR DRAFT TAMPA BETTER GO AFTER THE BEST OR THE NEXT BEST WR AVAILABLE IN 2013. GO BUCS
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    Dale Moss is an interesting prospect. He is also the nephew of Heisman trophy winner Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska. With only 1 year of college football, he led his team in receptions and touchdown catches. Moss is a physical speciman with size, speed, agility and body control. The Packers were deep in receivers. This guy could develop into a PTPer!!!!
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    I love you guys but please proof read your stuff before posting!
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    doobiedoright; I know that I am really bad in the grammar department and I wish there was a Spelling Check on this site. Grammar was my worst subject in college, but I still managed to get a Degree. The only thing I learned in college was that you don't need a degree as long as you are willing to work hard and do an honest days worth of work. I was able to call it quits at 58 and grammar had zero to do with it.
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    Noticed there are no offensive guards on the PS? There's got to be a veteran Guard about to sign with us for the roster. I just can't see Larsen nothing more than a temporary bandaid. Reid could be competition for Parker or Strother or the Kick Returns later in the Season. Moss is competition for Benn if he can't stay healthy; Drakesmore needs to gain some weight and get much stronger. Sowell could become Penn's backup next year and eventually replacement further down the road. White and Cutrera could be fits later if we go to a 3-4 Defense. All just guess'es on my part.
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