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August 30, 2013 @ 7:12 pm
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Bucs Cut TE Noble On Friday With Saturday Deadline Looming

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The official announcement won't come until Saturday, but PewterReport.com can confirm tight end Danny Noble was released by the Buccaneers on Friday\
The Buccaneers have begun notifying players who are being cut and PewterReport.com can confirm tight end Danny Noble was released by Tampa Bay on Friday.

The former tight end from Toledo told PewterReport.com last fall in a digital magazine feature that he weighed his options before choosing the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent after catching 48 passes for 555 yards and eight touchdowns during his Rockets career.

The release of Noble comes as somewhat of a surprise especially with the announcement that Tom Crabtree has a “significant ankle injury” and will almost certainly miss regular season action.

Don’t be surprised to see the Buccaneers add a veteran tight end Saturday evening after the 6 p.m. cuts are announced league wide, as Luke Stocker missed most of camp with a leg injury leaving Nate Byham and Tim Wright as the only other healthy rostered tight ends. Former Jaguar tight end Zach Miller was released by Tampa Bay earlier this week.

Noble saw action in four regular season games in 2012, but did not record a catch and is eligible for the practice squad.

A source says official announcements will not come before late afternoon on Saturday.


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    Can't believe that Dallas Clark was worse than anyone of the TEs we currently have on the roster. Maybe he didn't buy into Schiano's plan and didn't want to return.
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    I had high hopes for Luke Stocker but so far, perhaps in part due to injuries, he has been "just a guy." Other than the play when the defender got lost, Crabtree hasn't looked like anything special. At only 220, Tim Wright is a big wideout, not a TE. Nate Byham must be doing something out there, but it's not catching passes. I wonder if Jimmy Giles can make a comeback.
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    Hopefully some body decent will be available at TE on the cut list. Tough decisions for Schiano and Dom ahead. I hope that Hillis, Leonard and James all make the team at Rb. I know James made some minor errors but I think he is going to be a star. Also like Trevor Scott and hope he is given a chance. Eric Paige is something else.
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    Nobles was a project but he knows our play book, is healthy, and has good speed and can catch passes right down the middle splitting the coverage and giving matchup nightmares. So Schiano cuts him and keeps oft injured do nothing Stocker. Just another head scratcher here. Even if we waste money hiring a castoff by another team--it will take at least a month for him to pick up our offence. Nobles needs to be on the practice squad and brought back when Schiano realizes his mistake and in a panic for his job reinstates Noble!
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    *censored* anyone is better than what we have cut every te on the roster and find someone who can actually contribute
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    I can't believe we are looking in the scrap pile again. To count on Stocker at the start of camp was a huge mistake. After five years of rebuilding I would think we would have a better than average team buy now. What I see is a team with a ton of holes on both sides of the ball. I don't believe Dominik knows how to build a team but I do know he knows how to spend money and not draft well.
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    Before everybody gets all hyped on Jake Ballard you might want to consider Ben Volin of the Boston Globe words on Rotoworld - "The writing was on the wall for Ballard when Lions defensive linemen were rag-dolling him in the Pats' third preseason game. 25 years old with bad knees, Ballard may generate light interest on waivers, but is unlikely to ever be a fantasy asset again. He's a big, plodding in-line tight end who looks maxed out as a player".
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    Yeah, I saw the Pats released Ballard earlier and immediately thought about him for the Bucs.
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    Dorin Dickerson might a option
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    My guess is Jake Ballard...
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