With the announcement on Monday from Dirk Koetter that linebackers Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy have been lost for the season, PewterReport.com can confirm the teams has signed former linebacker Riley Bullough.

Bullough was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 after his college career at Michigan State, and became a fan favorite during the HBO Hard Knocks series covering the Buccaneers that same year. Affectionally nicknamed “Joe Dirt” Bullough was portrayed as a throwback linebacker who was a vocal leader for the Bucs backups.

Bullough saw action in three games last season, notching two tackles. He was injured during the 2018 preseason and was placed on injured reserve and waived with an injury settlement.

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  1. Not unexpected.

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  2. Too bad he’s a bum. And too bad Jason Licht didn’t go and do a silly thing like drafting an absolute stud of a LB with one hand named Shaquem Griffen. Yeah, drafting a guy with a history of major lower body injuries who hadn’t played in a year and half in college was for sure the right LB to target late in this years draft.

    Or was it?

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    • Not sure why this post got 1 thumb up and 4 down, after watching what Shaquem did at UCF and being a Tampa boy, thought we should, no didn’t think I know we should have drafted him and given him a shot, the boy can flat out play than most LB’s with 2 hands. the one video (can’t seem to find it) of him intercepting the ball with his body in college sold me. The story behind him is even more amazing and would have been a feel good story for the BUCS all year so give this comment some props on that.

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      • Don’t need feel good stories. Need wins.

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      • The reason why he has so many thumbs down, was because we had way bigger needs at DB, RB, OL, and DL. LB was one of our strengths going into the draft. Griffen would be play weakside where Lavonte is currently playing. If he was there in the 6th I’m sure we would have taken him, but he wasn’t and Beckwith was in an accident a week before the draft, so we took a MLB in the 6th round. Oh yeah you know Griffen has been injured most of this season right?

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    • It’s not that we’ve learned his name and that’s enough.

      It’s that he knows the SYSTEM, knows the CALLS, has some chemistry with the other players on THIS team, can contribute to the defense AND special teams, and is a good hustle/effort player.

      I’m glad he’s back.

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  3. I thought cutting Bullogh was a mistake when I heard about it. Cichy was a roll of the dice with his injury history. Glad Riley’s back, but I wish it was under better circumstances.

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  4. This is what I mean about Koetter not being a coach destined for creating dynasties. I like Jow Dirt. He’s enthusiastic and a great guy. But from what I’ve seen, he does NOT..have the tools required for a good NFl player. Please don’t put this guy in on gameday..Please! What Licht and Koetter need to be doing is contacting teams for some trades. We need to get a couple of Defensive holes plugged up tight. That is IF..we have any playoff aspirations. But..maybe we don’t. Look how long it took the Glazers to fire Smitty. You gotta go get GREATNESS. It does not come to you. This team has not shown me, It wants to be great..again in the forseeable future.

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  5. Yeah and who can they trade for that’s a better 2nd or 3rd string and knows are playbook and defensive terminology, or do you think there is a starting caliber LB out there nobody wants we can magically trade for? Idiotic. We had injuries at LB shit happens. You can’t magically trade and plug the holes during the season. That’s Fantasy land.

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    • Fredster you are very smart Person Always commenting and talking the right situations on our BUCS! Are you a hiding Coach?

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  6. We need an experienced linebacker.

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  7. Bullough will be a good replacement, but we need Beckwith back in Red and Pewter.

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    • I’d feel better with Beckworth at MLB, but Riley knows what Coach Duffner wants and knows this defense. I say give Joe Dirt a chance!

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  8. Evidently his fractured ankle was more serious then I realized. I’m sure he had some pins and screws to put it back together. Hasn’t it been over 5 months since he had the accident? Anybody know?

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    • Accident occurred in April. Placed on Active/NFI at start of training camp. Moved to Reserve/NFI on September 1st, cutdown day. Was eligible to return last Wednesday. Reserve/NFI is like Reserve/PUP, Beckwith can return when Bucs clear him to return. Bucs will have 3 weeks of practice to move him to 53 or IR. If he is moved to 53 a corresponding cut must be made. Can’t stay on NFI beyond week 11. At that time, Bucs must move to 53, IR, or cut. Hope this helps!

      https://www.buccaneers.com/news/kendell-beckwith-to-start-training-camp-on-active-nfi-list

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  9. Lol people really love themselves some bum players just because they saw them and learned the guys name on TV.

    Riley Bullough will never even be as good as Cameron Lynch, and that has been and will be a back up/special teamer for his whole career.

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    • It’s not that we’ve learned his name and that’s enough.

      It’s that he knows the SYSTEM, knows the CALLS, has some chemistry with the other players on THIS team, can contribute to the defense AND special teams, and is a good hustle/effort player.

      I’m glad he’s back.

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  10. There are just some dumb people on here who like to read their own words and see how many thumbs down they can get.

    Disappointing…

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  11. Say what you want..all you want. This Buc franchise is only interested in..MEDIOCRITY. They don’t actively persue anything but..LOSING. Lookat what the Saints are doing. They are actively going after Eli Apple from the Giants. They want to WIn now. They are always improving. US? It took us 5 games into a season to fire a DC worst than Lovie!!! And the owners had to do it. This will be a winning season for us if we reach 8-8 and thats just Dyham right..Pityful.

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