Javien Elliott – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
After the initial cuts by all 32 teams on Saturday, the Buccaneers didn’t put a claim in on any of the waived players, instead it appears they focused on their 10-man practice squad as they begin preparation for Week 1 next Sunday in Atlanta.
The Buccaneers added safeties Javien Elliott and Isaiah Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, guard Josh Allen, running backs Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough, linebackers Josh Keyes and Micah Awe, receiver Freddie Martino and former Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler.
Bucs RB Peyton Barber – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
In other news, sixth-round draft pick Danny Vitale was claimed by the Buffalo Bills. The Bucs had hoped he would clear waivers and they could add him to their practice squad. Vitale was the odd man out in a crowded tight end room, and Tampa Bay chose to go with Alan Cross. A source told PewterReport.com this weekend that Cross outplayed Vitale in camp and the preseason, noting Cross was “great football player” and “does things you can’t see with the naked eye.”
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PRACTICE SQUAD – 10
44 Hansbrough, Russell RB 5-9 195 R Missouri
35 Elliott, Javien CB 5-11 176 22 R Florida State
44 Awe, Micah LB 6-0 221 22 R Texas Tech
57 Keyes, Josh LB 6-2 223 22 2 Boston College
72 Gottschalk, Ben C 6-5 293 23 1 Southern Methodist
43 Barber, Peyton RB 5-11 225 R Auburn
16 Martino, Freddie WR 6-0 195 24 1 North Greenville
Xx Butler, Jeremy WR 6-2 213 25 3 Tennessee-Martin
39 Johnson, Isaiah S 6-0 209 R South Carolina
61 Allen, Josh C 6-3 315 24 1 Louisiana-Monroe
Mac is back?
Got number now!
17 Butler, Jeremy WR 6-2 213 25 3 Tennessee-Martin
Maybe this is obvious but I’m pretty sure many of these guys will see the 53 at one time or another this season. Good group IMO. Man, the Buccaneers are DEEP at RB and LB. Josh Allen and Ben Gottschalk add to OL depth as well.
One week. Team is much better that last’s years because of experience alone but Atlanta won’t be easy to be in their house despite falling to the Bucs twice last season.
I’m glad to see Barber on PT. If the Bucs really wanted to keep Vitale, they could have cut Myers. Can’t see anyone wanting a 31 TE that just blocks. His production has declined every year since 2012.
I think Myers is only 29 and his forte before coming here was as a pass catcher.
I like our practice squad choices seeing as how most of them were in training camp with us. But here are some other guys that I would like the Buccaneers to keep an eye on. All would be practice squad eligible. Some signed with other teams practice squads. Also would like us to give Dee Milner a tryout. Can’t believe all that talent he showed in college has just disappeared.
Kevin hogan QB
Jamil Douglas OL
Kaylan Reed CB
Cyril Richardson OL
Rico Gathers TE
Brandon Thomas OL
Antone Exum S
Louis Nix DT
Lance Seastrunk RB
Blidi Wreh-Wilson DB
Vince Mayle WR
Victor Ochi DL/LB
I would dump Griffin in a heart beat to pick up Kevin Hogan.
Just remember when people rave about how many of Licht’s draft picks make the squad….Cleveland had 14 make their roster this year. Is that good drafting or just working with a starting point of little talent?
Maybe both mag.
magoo: I loved that cartoon character. Cleveland had lots of picks to start with. They just let go a recent 1st rounder CB Justin Gilbert for a late round pick to the rival Steelers. And lest we not forget Johnny Football another lost cause.
Glad to see we held onto Barber and Hansbrough, they impressed during the preseason. I had high hopes for Vitale and Bell, unfortunately they didn’t perform as expected
Bell never showed reliable hands and he didn’t like to get hit. 2 yrs and I think he only had 1 catch maybe I missed 1 or 2 ?
I’m glad Vitale got picked up. Ben Gottschalk will be our starting Center next season unless some other team yanks him from the PS. Peyton barber was another good choice for the PS. I’m not surprised that some of the projected WR’s earlier in preseason weren’t even picked up for the PS.
No Inspecto, you didn’t miss much. Bell actually had two preseason catches during 6 games played, a bunch of drops and a lost fumble on a kickoff return. I saw the kids highlight reel and it sure didn’t seem like he was shy of contact then but that is the knock on him now.
Who the heck is Kevin Hogan. Have to admit I don’t follow semi-pro pigskin, commonly know as college football.
As far as Alan Cross is concerned, I don’t know if anyone else heard this but Rhonde Barber said Cross was rated as the No. 1 TE by the venerable Pro Football Focus. Go figure. I guess the coaches saw something though.
You’re right about Bell Dr. D. He never resembled that highlight video. Guess Licht’s dad was wrong about this Cornhusker.
I like our starters for the most part, I think our backups are a little scary looking, and not in a good way. It really seems like our QB Position is soft after Winston and I liked Glennon last year but he did not show up in Pre Season. Secondary looks like it might be good, and if we can stay health on DL, we should be a lot better. TE is a mess in my opinion. We have plenty of bodies but not really anyone who stands out after Jenkins and he seems to be a bit unstable. I have my fingers crossed on our Kicker.
Good to see they picked up Jeremy Butler. 3rd year player who is probably better than our current No.5 WR
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