After Gerald McCoy left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a calf injury, the Bucs made a move Monday to sign former Browns defensive tackle John Hughes, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Bucs waived wide receiver Freddie Martino and linebacker Josh Keyes.
Hughes, 28, was a third-round pick by Cleveland in 2012 and has played in 53 games over four years, including all 16 in 2015. Hughes has 109 tackles and 5.5 sacks, though the first three came during his rookie year. The Cincinnati product has ties to Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek, who was in Cleveland when Hughes was drafted.
With the addition of Hughes, Tampa Bay now has four healthy defensive tackles in Hughes, Akeem Spence, undrafted rookie DeVonte Lambert and Clinton McDonald, though the latter left the game with trainers soon after resuming from the lightning delay. More likely to come on McCoy and McDonald’s status on Monday.
Update: 6:52 P.M.
Koetter said McCoy, Noah Spence (shoulder) and Brandon Myers (hip) are set to get MRIs either Monday or Tuesday, and they won’t know the extent of the injuries until the results come in. On a positive note, the Bucs have an extra day of rest with a Monday Night game next.
“We’ll practice a little bit tomorrow and then they’ll be off on Wednesday. We don’t know exactly as I stand up here right now, but there’s a chance [McCoy could miss time],” Koetter said. “Obviously when you lose a player like Gerald for any amount of time, it hurts. He usually is going to draw a double team.”
“With that said, though, Clinton McDonald stepped up and had his best game of the year,” Koetter said. “I also felt like Will Gholson had his best game of the year. Somebody needs to rise up anytime a guy goes down and I thought those two guys did that.” McDonald had eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, while Gholston contributed three tackles (one for a loss on third-and-1) and half a sack.
As for the minor injury to McDonald, Koetter believes it was just that. He cramped up during the lightning delay but Koetter doesn’t think it’s a significant injury.
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Does anyone believe finding an ex Browns DT 28 years old is going to make any difference? Why not pull DT from some teams PS if we have nobody on our own PS? How about finding another RB?
I don’t know @horse…we’ve had such fantastic luck picking up ex-Browns, why not grab another one… 🙂
Should play the kid Barber from Auburn at RB, the rookie Smith at safety, the center you mentioned Horse. I assume at some point we’ll see some of these players should the season become a lost cause. Martino was out there, tho I didn’t see him targeted. Maybe Shep should get some Jax snaps too. Sad to say, first week in Oct that’s what we’re staring at. Won’t be long we’ll be talking about who to pick in the top ten of the draft.
I think the saddest part for me @surferdudes is that even imagining we picked Jabrill Peppers with a top-10 pick and had the next coming of Ed Reed at Safety…I’m not sure I would expect this team to win more games…I think I would expect our defense to get carved up, and our offense to turn it over too much….I’m not sure how we fix this, but I don’t think adding one top-10 player is going to do it….we need to fix our strategy, our approach, our game planning, what we ask Winston to do on offense, what we ask our 4 DLinemen to do every down….we can’t just ask everybody to try harder or insert Peppers and think Smith’s D is going to switch it on…we need a Jim Harbaugh in here to take us from the sinking Wolverines to the playoff Wolverines…however he’s doing that!
@eastendboy I am big fan of Michigan and I was like we need Jim Harbaugh here I feel like he could do wonders but I feel we need patience even tho I was on the fire everyone bus yesterday I still feel like we are going to turn it around
This is getting ugly fast. Our lack of depth is coming back to haunt us. Wasted picks on a kicker. Now we are picking up a free agent DT who nobody wants. We need a running back right now. Or we are going to see this season turn into a disaster.
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