In a continuation of cuts that must shrink the Bucs’ roster down from 80 to 53 before 4 p.m. on Sep. 5, the Bucs have reportedly waived running back Raymond Calais and wide receivers Bryant Mitchell, Cyril Grayson and Josh Pearson.
Calais was drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 draft out of Louisiana. The speedy running back would have likely needed to make a huge impact on special teams to land a spot on the active roster, but with the additions of LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette, room in the Bucs’ stable of running backs dried up quickly. Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, Calais will have an invite to re-join the Bucs as a member of their practice squad should he clear waivers.
Grayson joined the Bucs late in 2019 after being signed off of the Cowboys’ practice squad. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Grayson had landed on a number of practice squads since entering the league in 2017, despite never playing football at the collegiate level. The wide receiver was four-time NCAA Champion at LSU, but it came as a member of their track and field team.
Mitchell made the transition to the Bucs in 2019 following three seasons in the Canadian Football League, however a preseason injury forced him to spend all of last season on the injured reserve.
Pearson was signed as an undrafted free agent this offseason out of Jacksonville State University.