With the signings of three players from rookie mini-camp, the Bucs were set to be over the 90-man offseason roster limit. To stay in compliance the team has parted ways with three players. The Athletic’s Greg Auman is reporting defensive tackle Kobe Smith and wide receiver Austin Watkins have been cut.

Smith signed with the Bucs in 2020 after going undrafted. He has spent the last two season on the practice squad. Smith has yet to play in an NFL game and has probably reached his ceiling as a player. Instead, the Bucs will see what undrafted rookie Mike Greene can bring to the team.

The James Madison defensive lineman had 12 tackles for loss and five sacks last year. He had 18 sacks in his college career, including 7.5 in 2019 as a defensive tackle, and three while playing defensive end in 2020. At 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds, Greene gives the Bucs another big-bodied defender to develop on the defensive line.

Watkins signed with the 49ers after going undrafted in 2021. He was waived/injured in August and subsequently placed on injured reserve. Watkins was released several days later. In November he signed to the 49ers practice squad, where he spent three weeks before being released. He has yet to play in an NFL game as well.

Mini-camp standout receiver Kameron Brown will take his spot on the roster. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver caught 36 passes for 605 yards and five touchdowns his final year at Coastal Carolina.

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pokerpat12
pokerpat12
1 month ago

Bradberry should be a Buc. Stop trying to justify your former draft picks. Though I’m sure Murphy-Bunting and Edwards will be fine. Having TWO shut down corners starting will help make our front 7 that much more effective. Right now the L.A. Rams, New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills have rosters superior to ours. YES, we have Tom Brady who is the great equalizer but this defensive upgrade seems like somewhat of a no-brainer. Especially after considering the fact that we can NOT cover Cooper Kupp! Go Bucs

warren
warren
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1 month ago

I was thinking exactly that when reading the article. Bradberry and/or Trey Flowers would likely put us over the top.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Yeah it is baffling that the team refuses to upgrade the defensive side of the roster so far. I hope after OTAs they wake up from their slumber and stop reading their own hype about the roster.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alldaway 2.0