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September 21, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
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Report: RB Hillis Released; TE Noble Promoted

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Gil Arcia


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Peyton Hillis was brought in to provide depth to the Buccaneers' backfield. Unfortunately for him, the Bucs have decided to go a different direction.
Running back Peyton Hillis, who was signed in the days leading up to training camp to bolster running back depth behind Doug Martin, has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — according to Jenna Laine of Sports Talk FloridaLaine is also reporting that tight end Danny Noble was promoted from the practice squad.

Hillis carried the ball 38 times for 147 yards during the preseason for the Bucs. He was slowed down during training camp by a hyperextended knee that he suffered during the Bucs preseason opener against the Ravens. He did not make an appearance in either of Tampa Bay's first two games this season.

The backups to Doug Martin are now Brian Leonard and Mike James.

The six-year veteran out of Arkansas became a household name after having his best year with the Cleveland Browns in 2010 when he rushed for 1,777 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hillis was also on the cover of the EA Sports Madden football video game in 2011, Madden NFL '12.

Noble will look to help out a tight end group that has not been effective two weeks into this season and are facing injury issues. For Sunday's game against the Patriots in New England, the Bucs have tight ends Tom Crabtree (Ankle) and Luke Stocker (Hip) listed as questionable for the game and just Nate Byham and Tim Wright at 100 percent.

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    This is fine but it's going to get interesting when Demps is ready and they have to promote him to the 53. Can any of you Gator experts provide a nice little synopses on what we can expect from Demps for those of us not fortunate enough to have watched all the Swamp action from the West coast these last few years? Thanks in advance.
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    As I said....... Yes I said it and yes any idiot knew it 3rd and 2 and these idiots throw deep to a VJ who is clearly injured, because they have no ball control short yardage guarantee ( so to speak) as I said yesterday this would haunt theses dum asssss es and it did, YES IT DID keepthe ball,,,,,,,,,so you hav a sure first with 2 runs or sneaks and you throw deep to an injured receiver that you coverered up and had been injured all week!! Am I Dreaming or is this a Joke
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    go to youtube and look up jeff demps then you can see a little of what you can expect from him
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    At this level (which the way the Bucs are playing is generous), he will be a return threat as well as a viable option on a third down where DM needs a breather
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    And we know Danny Noble is a budding star how? I'm not a big Luke Stocker fan either, but I suspect this move was made for this week due to injuries to the TE's and ineffectiveness by our TE's in the passing game. I like Peyton Hillis, but fact is he doesn't play Special Teams which is essential for a back-up player. Chances are he'll still be on the street after this game and available to return to the team if necessary. Personally, I'd release Orlovsky to create a roster spot. He too would be be on his couch and ready to return.
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    I think this is a good move. How do you spell Stocker? Stovall!
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    Bad Move Bad Move ;Again Bad Move!!! I just don't get it with this Tard, you cut Blount because he is ineffective on short yardage ( agreed) and you get a great short yardage guy, then you cut him because you are married to a draft pick trade ( Stocker who is beyond TERRIBLE). In the 4 th quarter.Hillis can catch and get first downs in short yardage ,what in the f ing ell is this staff thinking. Doug Martin can't do it all and isn't going to wear down any d in the 4 th quarter.Tard Central or newly known as one buc place.......terrible pay attention when Doug M doesn't get the first on 3 rd and one because Dom is a Tard.
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    there has to be some te on the open market who can have a bigger impact than any te on our roster or practicw squad. I dont know of any other team in the league that gets as little out of the te position then what we do its ridiculous. outside of doug, mike, and vincent if we lose any1 of those guys for the season or a prolonged period of time we r fucked
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    No Pinkstob, don't cut Stocker. Trade him to the Pats. Belichick loves these big TEs. And he has pretty good luck making something out of them. Let's get something for Dom's 4th round pick.
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    Owlykat my first reaction was that this was the right move since we were going to have to make room for Demps at some point. But the more I think about it, I think you're right that if we were bringing up Noble from the practice squad, we should have released Stocker since he is indeed worthless and they both play TE. Then when Demps was ready next week we could have dumped Hillis.
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    Stupid Move!!! Another bone headed choice--keeping worthless Stocker on the roster and cutting a thousand yard rusher. I am thrilled, though, that Noble was resigned, but the truth is he should never have been cut in the first place. With playing time I think Noble is the best chance we have of fixing our TE problem. Noble is fast, tall, and can catch right down the middle and run after the catch. He just needs to continue work to develop his blocking skills.
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    This is nothing more than making sure we have TEs for this week. Although it does prove SR right about who the expendable player on the roster was. As soon as Demps has to be added to the active roster or waived, Noble will be waived to clear the roster spot for Demps. The end.
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    This may be more of a money/budget move. Aside from Martin, everything in the backfield costs little. Hillis, being a vet, keeping him may have exceeded the budget. Remember, we have a very costly secondary coupled with much needed players coming into free agent status soon. Gotta re-sign your star free agents.
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    I think this was a BAD move...they should have cut James and moved him to the practice squad. Hillis was the only proven and viable runner behind Martin to provide a legitimate rushing attack. Now if something happens to Martin (GOD FORBID), the offense and Freeman will literally be screwed. I'm sorry, I like Brian Leonard but shiftiness doesn't make up for speed and power, both of which Hillis has, and as far is James is concerned...sorry but an unproven rookie rb...we had all better Pray that nothing happens to Martin.
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    what's the word on Demps?
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