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August 31, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
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Bucs Cut Gibson, Grimm Among Others To Reach 53-Player Roster

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The Bucs reached the mandatory 53-player roster deadline on Saturday, with the two biggest names on the list being DT Gary Gibson and S Cody Grimm. Below is a list of all the transaction over the last two days.
The Buccaneers reached their 53-man roster limit on Saturday evening, waiving S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, T Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, K Derek Dimke, WR David Douglas, LB Ka’lial Glaud, S Cody Grimm, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, TE Danny Noble, WR Chris Owusu, T Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson, and G Cody Wallace.

In addition the Buccaneers terminated the contracts of G Roger Allen, DT Gary Gibson and WR Jordan Norwood.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes was place on the Reserve/Non-Football injury list as he continues to battle a MRSA infection, leaving the Buccaneers paying for three kickers in 2013.

Most head coaches will tell you cut down day is the most difficult day of the year, and Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is one of those that shares that sentiment.

"It’s a hard day," Schiano said. "This is a good group of people, and they’ve busted their rear ends for this organization; we work hard around here. Guys have pushed through pain and done things. It’s the most competitive sports league in the world; 1,696 guys get to do it when it’s all said and done, in the whole world. But that doesn’t lessen the disappointment at all for these guys.
"Today’s a special day for some and a really bad day for others, but at the end of the day, it’s probably not as good as people think, and it’s not as bad. This league goes like [in a circle]. These guys that are here are good football players and tough guys, so they’ll probably resurface, a lot of them, somewhere else.”

Eight of the 22 players trimmed from the active roster on Saturday were rookies or first-year players.  However, the resulting 53-man roster does include nine rookies, including the team's entire 2013 draft class, and first-year wide receiver Eric Page.

Of those released on Saturday, eight played for the Buccaneers in at least one game last season – Grimm, Allen, Wallace, Levingston, Owusu, Noble, Douglas and Gibson.  Masifilo was on the active roster for seven weeks but did not get into a game.  Gibson saw the most action among that group, appearing in all 16 games and making one start.  Grimm has the most career service time with the Buccaneers, playing in 23 games over the past three seasons since being drafted in the seventh round in 2010.

At least for now, it appears the Buccaneers will carry four running backs in Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Peyton Hillis and rookie Mike James. The Buccaneers also have fullback Erik Lorig at fullback.

While this list is called the final cut down, you can almost certainly expect the Buccaneers to continue to tinker with their roster before next Sunday’s season opener at New York.

PewterReport.com will keep updating changes throughout the weekend, including the finalization of the practice squad on Sunday.

-Part of this report was obtained from the Buccaneers Communication Department

Last modified on Saturday, 31 August 2013 17:42

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    Well now we know why the Bucs cut Gibson. We have now claimed a rookie DT off waivers that is strong inside with a relentless motor, plays with low pad level and a very quick first step and had eleven sacks and many tackles behind the line of scrimmage in college. He already knows how to play the three technique and should be a good backup to McCoy, while Landri can backup Spence. I am not so excited about the waiver WR who we claimed after letting our veteran speedster with the big hair go. Our new acquisition was suspended part of his senior year at LSU for an NCAA violation. Doesn't sound like a Buccaneer Man of high character. He is an elite athlete who can take the top off a defense but he has inconsistent hands and runs poor routes. He is a raw project. We should have kept Underwood and let this character prove his worth on the practice squad. Though we may need him to try out as a returner if Page goes down.
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    I know it was only preseason (exhibition game in the days of yore), but I like what I saw from Goode. I would like to see him start at Mike and move Foster to Will, which is his natural postion. What do you guys think?
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    Going into season still have big holes at TE, DE, MLB.
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    Scubog, thanks for replying to the Tebow comment, I couldn't bring myself to do it.
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    As John McEnroe would say, "You can't be serious." If your going to pimp for Tebow you should at least spell his name right. One lucky pass doesn't make a NFL QB.
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    No surprises at all at this point because they kept the best players that they have. I got to believe that there will be 2-3 cuts and pick ups yet.
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    Ladri is youner and a proven pass rusher so Gibson didn't have much of a chance. I expect the Bucs to add at DT to the roster or PS that is younger though.
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    Hopefully, the Bucs will put Owusu on the practice squad. Landri is younger than Gibson so that must have played into that decision though Gibson played well for us in reserve appearances last year. Where the Bucs should have hedged their risk that Freeman can't just turn it on now, and knowing from the last game that they can never get to the playoffs this year with Gannon, they should have claimed Tebo off the waiver wire, and put Glennon on the Practice Squad to develop him. Tebo has mastered three other NFL offences and could master ours by the break. If we are 0-4 at that point, that is the same record the Broncos had and Tebo won 7 straight games and took them to the playoffs where he beat the Superbowl Champion Steelers with great vertical passing like we are supposed to do. I sure hope Schiano didn't ask his Buddy Coaching the Patriots for advice who just cut Tebo despite his owner publicly supporting him. You know he wouldn't want to see Tebo now take another team to the playoffs and make him look foolish. Sorry to see Dimke go.
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    pinkstob, agreed. Go Bucs.
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    I feel bad for all the guys that got let go, but there's no real surprises here. I think it was a coin flip between Gibson and Landri. After Dimke missed that extra point I knew he may not make the team either. What a shame.
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