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The Bucs took a gamble when they waived defensive tackle Khalil Davis to promote cornerback Pierre Desir to the active roster. That gamble didn’t pay off. The 2020 sixth round pick was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

The Bucs were hoping to get Davis back on the practice squad if he cleared waivers. A rash of injuries in the secondary led to a difficult decision for the team. Davis had shown promise throughout the preseason, and possesses a rare blend of size and speed. He played in two regular season games in 2020, logging two total tackles. Davis also saw action in two postseason contests for the Bucs as well.

Davis was inactive throughout the first three games of this season. Last year, Davis played 37 defensive snaps and four on special teams. The speedy defensive tackle recorded two tackles and two pressures on those reps. With the Bucs currently rostering two of the oldest defensive tackles in the NFL, there was a thought that Davis could be part of Tampa Bay’s future plans at the position.

The Bucs face an offseason in which Ndamukong Suh, Will Gholston and Steve McLendon are all slated to be free agents. Outside of Vita Vea, the team desperately lacks young interior defensive line talent. Davis could have been a nice developmental piece, but now the Bucs will watch him develop in Indianapolis.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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fredster
fredster(@fredster)
2 months ago

Wow that sucks. Not surprised though.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 months ago

Should have cut Mclendon.

Joseph
Joseph(@llamaliberation)
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

Yup I agree

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

Yes, I agree. The only thing I can figure is that maybe McClendon has to play in so many games to get a full additional year added for his NFL Retirement. Anybody know the complete answer?

Dman
Dman(@dman)
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

Absolutely. Bad decision to waive Davis.

The Freeman
The Freeman(@the-freeman)
2 months ago

should have sent Gronk on IR
if we need a DT, Ledbetter’s on the Cardinals ps

Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
2 months ago

That’s a shame. Sounded like he did some ok things. He looked a little soft though. Need someone special next to Vea after Suh hangs em up. Either speed or power, not in the middle.

nitey
nitey(@nitey)
2 months ago

I said to myself when I saw that he was released that we were going to regret that move. Why I doubt that Davis is going to be a star, I think he’ll end up being a better than average backup in his career. He showed a lot of promise in this training camp.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
2 months ago

All this criticism and crying over losing a guy who hasn’t played a snap yet this year, and played in a grand total of 2 NFL games. Sheesh!

Yes, we’ve got a couple of older guys on the defensive line nearing retirement next year, but that’s what the draft and free agency address are for – you don’t rely on scrubs to replace stars.

Again, it’s all the couchsitting critics who complain about front office management that won us a Super Bowl this year, and have us 3-1 heading into the easiest stretch of our season schedule. Really, just STFU.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

So what has McLendon shown you that warrants him staying on the roster over a young draft pick? This team is becoming a retirement home. These scary good coaches have to keep digging up graves to find replacements, when are they going to show they can develop a player? Davis might not be very good, but his upside has to be better than dead man walking McLendon who hasn’t done a thing to prove he still belongs in the NFL. Yeah the draft is one way to replace older players, but not if you cut your draft choice over some… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 months ago

I predicted this would happen. We should have put Trask on waivers, he adds nothing to this team.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Did Trask bang your wife or something?

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Being a QB gives Trask value, and upside. Why waive him over Griffin, who hasn’t been able to even become a back up. He’s been a #3 for a reason for his whole career. Why not wave McLendon, who’s on his last legs, no one was going to claim him? We need to keep some young blood on this team, and try to develop some. We can’t draft every position on the team all at once. Trask pans out, we won’t have to draft a QB high while trying to replace the JPP’s, David’s, and Suh’s. Fans are being so… Read more »

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  surferdudes
2 months ago

Dr.D is just trying to stoke the fire. There’s no way he believes what he said. Of course nowadays that’s pretty common practice.

DD1406
DD1406(@dd1406)
2 months ago

4 weeks in, injuries around the league piling up, everyone needs players-Hope he does well in Indy-

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