Happy stories don’t always have a happy ending – or at least a happy end to each chapter. For undrafted free agent Riley Bullough, his chapter as a Buccaneer is closed (for now) as he has been cut.

Bullough was one of the first undrafted free agents to sign with the Buccaneers following the 2017 NFL Draft. He was under the radar for most of mini camp and OTAs, but once training camp started, he started to gain a following thanks to Hard Knocks.

For the player nicknamed “Joe Dirt,” Bullough’s Achilles Heel for making the Bucs roster was the same reason he went undrafted: he’s limited athletically. Bullough gives you everything you’d want in a linebacker as a leader and communicator, but he just doesn’t have the speed to make the plays in the NFL.

Bullough could be a potential practice squad player for the Bucs, but for now, that chapter is written.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. I would venture to say it’s happy ending for Cameron Lynch. though

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  2. Not a surprise. He certainly had the heart and will power to succeed in the NFL. But, not the athleticism. God bless in you future endeavors!

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  3. I think a team will pick him up, maybe a 3-4 defense.

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