Bucs MLB Riley Bullough - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finalized the team’s 10-man practice squad, which is actually 11 if you count linebacker Eric Nzeocha, the team’s international player. All NFL teams must carry an international player, which doesn’t count against the mandated 10-man practice squad.
The Bucs’ current practice squad consists of the following players:
MLB Riley Bullough
Bullough was the star of HBO’s Hard Knocks series for his intense demeanor and his gritty playing style. While he’s limited athletically, Bullough is a smart, instinctive player that knows the defense and is a good tackler.
WR Bobo Wilson
Wilson comes to the Bucs with a chip on his shoulder, evidenced by his appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks, but he does have speed and shiftiness similar to Bernard Reedy, the team’s current fifth wide receiver, and can return kicks.
RB Russell Hansbrough
Hansbrough was on Tampa Bay’s practice squad last year and had a decent preseason that included a 27-yard run yard against Cleveland. With the Bucs only carrying three running backs during Doug Martin’s three-game suspension, Tampa Bay needs another back that knows the offense for depth.
Bucs FB Austin Johnson – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
FB Austin Johnson
Johnson is an improving player similar to Alan Cross in that he can play fullback and the H-back – or “move” tight end role – in Dirk Koetter’s offense. He’s also solid on special teams, too.
CB Jonathan Moxey
Moxey was an undrafted free agent cornerback from Boise State that made a favorable impression on the coaching staff. While not the player Javien Elliott was last year, Moxey has some upside and knows the defense.
DE Sterling Bailey
At 6-foot-3, 282 pounds, Bailey has the size to play strongside defensive end or defensive tackle. That was a role that DaVonte Lambert played in Tampa Bay before a preseason wrist injury led to him being placed on injured reserve.
OL Matt Liedtke
Liedtke is a serviceable offensive lineman that had a decent preseason playing with the third team. He’s versatile enough to play guard and tackle, and that’s what George Warhop wants in his linemen.
S Isaiah Johnson
Johnson spent the entire 2016 season on the Bucs’ practice squad last year and starts 2017 off on the practice squad again. The team likes his upside at safety and his special teams ability.
WR Freddie Martino
Martino was signed by the Bucs in March of 2016. he was one of the final roster cuts last year, as he was this year. he was signed to the practice squad, and made a few appearances on the active 53-man roster in 2016. They’re comfortable having him in that role again this year.
OT Marquis Lucas
Lucas was claimed off waivers this August by the Buccaneers. he previous spent time on practice squads for the Falcons and Vikings.
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ALL returning players? I don’t like it. Young guys I understand, but Hansbrough has showed all he’s gonna show. We should get a few fresh faces in for a look see
49ers claimed him from Waivers.
Not claimed. Went unclaimed, signed with 49ers to their practice squad.
I think coaches are done with him. There is a lot you can learn as a young player in order get to the NFL-Level, but not getting the playbook in your head? That is – let’s say not very professional.
thrilled Bullough made it, though the question is how do you improve athleticism.
This says Bailey can be strongside DE or DT. Know that the Mike linebacker plays a much stronger role than the Sam in our defense. What’s the difference in our defense between the strong and weakside DE and DT where Bailey wouldn’t do that? Trying to learn more about our scheme of defense.
When he’s eligible, would love to know if Tampa has some interest in Fleming for the Practice Squad.
Will and Sam linebacker, not the Mike and Sam linebacker. Sorry
I’m surprised that I didn’t see Donte Dye on this list. I thought he did well with only having a short time to practice after coming back from his injury.
I could be wrong but I don’t think he’s practice squad eligible. He’s spent parts of the last 2 seasons on the active roster, that may be the reason.
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