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September 20, 2012 @ 11:28 am
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Underwood Returns To Bucs As Parker Is Let Go

Written by Dory
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The Buccaneers announced Thursday morning that they have re-signed WR Tiquan Underwood and released WR Preston Parker to make room for the Bucs most productive preseason receiver.
The Buccaneers announced shortly before Thursday’s practice that they had re-signed WR Tiquan Underwood. In order to make room on the 53-man roster, WR Preston Parker was released.

Underwood spent training camp and preseason with Tampa Bay and was the most productive wide receiver for the Bucs in four preseason games with nine catches for 158 yards. Underwood was released on August 31st, the deadline for the final roster cuts. Underwood will once again be reunited with his former college coach at Rutgers, Greg Schiano.

Following the release of Underwood, Schiano said it was one of the toughest decisions he had to make and that Underwood was somebody that could be re-signed, if not already signed by another team, later in the season.

With Preston Parker’s bad habit of fumbling punts a continuing problem, Parker was relieved of his punt return duties, and Sammie Stroughter was named the starter.

As a wide out, Parker was targeted two times in as many games, and had zero receptions.

Underwood has good breakout speed and also took reps as a punt returner during preseason practices, but Jordan Shipley who was signed earlier in the week is thought to be the starter against Dallas this Sunday. Shipley will be replacing Stroughter who is suffering from a foot injury. 

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    This should have happened after the last cuts Scubog said "I don't know of the inside intel as the coaches who watch film and are at every practice" this just goes to show that even the casual fan can see something the coaches miss esp me cause I know everything, haha
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    I think it's time to part ways with Sammie, another foot injury? I said that when Underwood was let go, he's just a Stroughter foot fracture away from coming back.
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    Outstanding move. Great coaches learn from their mistakes - my hat is off to Coach Schiano and the others. They know that should have been a win and are acting accordingly. Bravo, gentlemen.
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    should NEVER have been released to begin with...what was it that parker did compared to underwood this preseason that warranted keeping him around...NOTHING...what good is someone on special teams that consistently fumbles the ball?? Would be willing to bet that if underwood had still been in the lineup last week...the offense would have been able to hold the lead for the win. Keeping parker over underwood was a mistake from the day it was made. And the Bucs should consider themselves lucky that he hadn't been picked up by another team and if underwood wasn't signed by another team, i don't see a snowballs chance in !@!#$ that parker will be. GO BUCS!!!!!
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    I think it is worth brining in Shipley and Underwood. Parker was ok at best, and had the fumbles at times. I like the fact the Coach is not just "keeping guys around". If we can get the offense to start AND end well, this could be a very good idea!
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