Bruce Arians foreshadowed that the Bucs could be making changes to the punt return game on Monday, and that came to fruition a day later on Tuesday as Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that the Bucs have released wide receiver and punt returner Bobo Wilson.

Auman also reported that the Bucs released outside linebacker Devante Bond as well.

Wilson averaged a tepid 2.8 yards per attempt on returns this season, providing minimal impact to the Bucs special teams. Then on Sunday he muffed two punts, including one that was recovered by the Panthers as the Bucs were trying to make a comeback. It essentially ended the Bucs chances as the Panthers scored a touchdown with close field position.

“The biggest thing right now would be just punt returner,” coach Arians said on Monday about any changes that could be made to the team. “It’s not as much the muffs as it is the lack of production.”

Signing as an undrafted free agent in 2017, Wilson started out on the practice squad and played sparingly in the regular season on the 53-man roster over the next two seasons primarily as a kick returner. He made the roster out of training camp this season as Tampa Bay’s punt returner and had some snaps at wide receiver with the injury to Breshad Perriman.

In his career, Wilson played in 14 games and made eight catches for 105 yards and one touchdown. This was his first year returning punts, where he averaged 2.8 yards per return, and has a career kickoff return average of 28.4 yards per return.

Bucs LB Devante Bond – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bond was drafted by the Bucs in the sixth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft and played in 29 games for Tampa Bay while starting in six of them. He has been a backup at linebacker but also played a role on special teams. He recorded 29 tackles during his time with the Bucs, inlcuding three this year with one as a tackle for loss.

The Bucs will need a replacement at punt returner now, and Arians did list some in house names on Monday that they will examine upon returning to practice after the bye week.

“We got a couple of candidates,” Arians said. “T.J. Logan, Vernon (Hargreaves), Scotty (Miller), maybe.”

Logan signed with the Bucs on September 2nd, and was brought in to handle kick return responsibilities. Arians likes Logan for his speed, but he has also put up pedestrian numbers with an average of 18.8 yards per return.

Hargreaves, who is the Bucs number one corner, returned five punts during his rookie season in 2016, but hasn’t since that time. He did catch some punts in practice during training camp, but normally just in the beginning of practice during warmups.

Miller is the fastest of the group, clocking in a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day at Bowling Green. He went back for two punts during the Bucs preseason upon his return from a hamstring injury, but called a fair catch each time.

In addition to Wilson and Bond, Auman reported later in the day that the Bucs also released outside linebacker Demone Harris and running back Darius Jackson from the team’s practice squad before signing running back Aca’Cedric Ware.

Ware played all four years at USC, a former teammate of Bucs running back Ronald Jones, before being signed as an undrafted free agent with Indianapolis and spending time with the Colts during the 2019 preseason.

The roster moves still leave two open spots on Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster and one spot open on the practice squad for the assumed return of Jason Pierre-Paul and future signings.

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  1. Good move on Bobo. Unsure about Bond, but I have faith that they know what they are doing. I say lets see hoy Scotty does back there. Or TJ Logan. both explosive and can’t do any worse at PR.

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  2. This does not signal seriousness.

    Signaling seriousness would be releasing Jameis Winston.

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    • there’s a line between seriousness and stupidity

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    • Every day that passes, I have less faith that Licht will make a trade of any kind before the deadline. He has his extension, and he has to stand behind his draft picks even though he’s only had 3 good ones: Evans, Godwin, and Marpet.

      No rumors to move for a Tackle, no rumors to move for a CB. At this point, Tampa is 4-12 at best.

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  3. God please dont put VH3 back there. That just gives him another opportunity to f things up for the Bucs. His ass needs to be sitting on the bench or released.

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    • God please give us the strength to🙏 trade for Peterson!!..offer anybody!! And a first round.. secondary killn us!!..Winston needs to quit turning over true dat, but we puttn up points🤔.. we quit giving up big pass plays and we’d be a better team.. Need a vet to get on Dem younguns ass!!..is wat we need in my opinion..#PatrickPeterson!!.

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  4. There you go BA. Your ship is sinking and you want to change the color of the sails. Bobo was not all that great, but what about Winston’s poor play and Leftwich’s poor play calling. You know what I mean. Do you think that throwing Bobo under the bus will make me feel Winston will improve and Leftwich knows what he is doing. I don.t think so

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    • In 6 games this season, Jameis has had 3 good games, 1 so-so, and 2 bad games – all while learning a new offense. Jameis’s play has caused the Bucs to lose one game out of 6 so far.

      The Bucs offense is 3rd in the league in scoring. Put the blame where it deserves to be, which is on the Bucs’ secondary. Jameis could post 4 TDs and 0 INTs each game the rest of the season and it won’t help the Bucs win if the secondary doesn’t harden up soon.

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      • Nobody cares about being 3rd or 1st on scoring. Are you winning? WINNING is all that matters. Nobody would say jack about jameis even with his current stats IF..the Bucs were like 4-2.

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        • Twspin the whole winning argument is a bs argument that people like you use when stats dont favor your view. Scoring does matter genius, thats kind of the point of the game in case you’re new to it. But hey if our defense gives up around 30 a game, which they do, youll just ignore it.

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          • Again, Winning covers up a lot of talk and mistakes. As the great Vince Lombardi once said, Winning is all that matters in this league. Everything else is BS. Amen Brother Vince!
            And as for the Defense? I laugh at my Bucs. We got away from what brought us a superbowl in the 1st place. We had an average QB And not even as great receivers as we have now. But we had an excellent defense. We blitze like crazy right now because our Defensive front 4 cannot get to the QB. And teams are making us pay. NExt year go all out to shore up the O and D lines. As for Winston? The guy depresses me.

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        • Im saying that, let me be clear, im not absolving jameis from blame here. Those losses to carolina and san Fran are on him. But the argument of wins and losses is flawed. Our kicker hits a chip shot and were 3-3 right now. Its a team game.

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      • At this point in the season, we should give Griffin a shot at QB.
        5 picks, 2 fumbles?
        Sorry, this Winston experiment is not working.
        IMO, teams are beginning to zero in on our weakness, QB.

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      • Eric, I think fans are seriously traumatized from the last 5 years, and your right, Jameis played a few games where ESPN had him in the top 10 QB category. But to some, this is just enough damage done. At this point every 1 INT he throws feels like he juat threw 10…the team is built from the outside in, if we change QB the team around him would never see playoffs in thier career lifetime.. I’m truly glad to have seen that 2002 season. Not many of us Buc fans can say the same.

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  5. We’d like to hear Bruce Arians fired Todd Bowles with the 31st rated defense in the NFL Mike Smith at worst was 28th worst defense in the NFL.The clown show 3-4is not working Tampa was beaten out of the 32nd Pl. by one point by Atlanta with a late game

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    • If it wasn’t for Bowles defense, we would have lost by 50 points. I think he is doing a very good job. Don’t compare Bowles to Smith.

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      • 31 points a game 185 points in 6 Games 31 st place and he is doing a good job,
        I guess you think allowing one less point than the last place is a good job.
        30 teams doing a better job.
        Jiggy joe wants to give every child a participation ribbon
        Hey Jiggy there are 16 teams that have allowed less than 120 points
        13 teams allowed less than 100 points
        And then there are Patriots allowing 48 points in 6 Games I think Bill Belichick
        is doing a good job in my way of thinking

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    • the problem is more the secondary than the front 7. Can’t any body here cover a receiver any where on the field? Unless we get immediate pressure, we cannot defend the pass. When was the last time you heard “coverage sack” about OUR defense. So many messes to clean up.

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  6. Accountability. This is one big difference between the last 3 years and this year. I like Bobo, but he’s hurting the team as much as anything else is.

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  7. Releasing Bond must mean the JPP is coming back real soon. I think Licht needs to make a trade for some oline help, right tackle to be exact. Stop having Jameis throw 50 times a game and the run the ball. We have the best run defense in the league. We don’t need to have shoot outs every Sunday. Let’s win in the trenches and protect Winston.

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    • Running the ball 50% of the time is part of the problem we have too much money tied up in the air game to do that for one. Two we don’t have that kind of talent to make a ground game work either. Our ground attack is just good enough to open up the play book, not carry the team as we saw in those two early losses.

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  8. Good move on both!

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  9. Look guys, I kinda..got some faith in Arians. He starting to see we guys who will not cut the NFL mustard. We have not seen anything yet if this team continues tp plummet. No doubt that Giants one pointer was a stinger. We are all praying JPP comes back at least 80%. We need not to blitze so much and pay the price. I look for this team to suffer this year. But I do believe Arians shores up the O and D lines next season. I’m looking at the remaining schedule and..It does not get any easier. I look for jameis to come back strong against the Titans. We still go a shot at finishing 8-8.

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    • I think few of us doubt in Arians. The doubt lies in Winston’s ability to limit destructive plays yet alone mistakes, and the ability of ANYONE to cover a receiver.

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  10. Is Mike Spurlock still in shape? Lets bring him in for a try out.

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  11. Does the release of Bond make the Bucs eligible for a draft pick? Scotty Miller as punt returner, he looked scared to death back there in pre-season..

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  12. These moves will probably make the difference. LMAO!

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  13. Glad an example was made out of someone!

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  14. Time to trade OJ Howard. Try to get something for him while you can.

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    • He was drafted #19 overall. He was productive for the Bucs to some extent. Bucs might be able to get a 3rd for him.

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  15. That makes one player, Ryan Smith, left from the 2016 draft. Pathetic.
    This team not only needs a new punt returner, it could use a new GM as well.
    I’m tired of Licht’s sorry drafts.
    There are only 6 players from on the roster from the 22015-17 drafts.
    LB’s Kendell Beckwith and Kwon Alenander ere also selected but only Alexander is playing in the NFL.
    With a record like that, is there any reason why the Bucs can’t get better.

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  16. Winston only has 87 turnovers in 4 yrs ! How can anyone keep defending him? Pull your heads out of the sand and stop drinking the koolaid!!!!

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    • Oh yeah? How many touchdowns though??

      Kidding.

      He’s been too inconsistent for 4 years and I don’t think that will change much. On the field, on the sidelines, or at the podium, his body language and the look in his eyes seem telling. He’s miserable while doing the job.

      It’s too bad. I thought the guy could be one of the greatest players in the NFL after seeing his gameday leadership during his college career.

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  17. Good moves, I’m gonna assume JPP is taking Bond’s spot. Hopefully we see some Oline help to fill Bobo’s spot. I wouldn’t mind seeing Perriman go and use the cap space on someone useful.

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  18. Until Winston plays behind an NFL line, we’re never going to know how good he is. Every QB that has played behind a minor league OL has gotten the yips at some point. 4 plus years of running for your life will do that to you. Instead of drafting CBs in the first two rounds, we should have been drafting OL. Keep doing the same thing expecting different results is madness.

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    • No, these people are convinced somehow that a rookie QB would step in behind this line and right the ship…the logic is amazing

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      • You have to start somewhere.

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    • Its Miller Time!

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  19. You can blame Gay for missing that chip shot, but Jameis was horrible in the second half of the Giant game. He played good the first match against Carolina, great against the Rams, and had a good first half against the Giants. That’s two and a half good games out of six. Bobo, two fumbles on muffed punts, Jameis two fumbles plus five interceptions. Don’t have a problem with them cutting Bo, or Bond. Ten games to go Jameis, you’re on the clock, you to Licht.

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    • The Bucs Lost to a Panther Team without Cam Newton, Kwon Short, a washed up Greg Olsen, and a rookie backup QB on his 4th start, But you keep wanting us to blame Licht for drafting Winston 5 years ago. I’m sorry but this lost was not 5 years in the making friend, if this coaching staff couldn’t figure out how to win in this situation then what must a GM do? Re draft the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers.

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      • I agree with you on that, the wasting is also part of the problem.

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  20. The release of BoBo was a move based out of pure Anger, why? You did have to Cut him, just take away his return duties Because if BoBo’s value to the team was only in the return game then why was he playing ahead of Justin Watson on the WR depth chart? Obviously for me Bucs fans the way BA has handled this team, this roster, from ignoring the trenches in FA to drafting all theses DB’s to hiring Leftwich as OC has left me scratching my head. Again Bucs fans we can blame a lot on Winston and deservedly so for trying too hard and also these young corners for being put on an island but do you blame the ingredients when blood is running out of the chicken do you? If the cake collapses in the middle do you blame the oven?

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    • I agree with you, but I believe we start making changes now for next season, so we’re not talking about this again next year at this time.

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  21. 727 and Plopes agree 100%. Expecting any QB to play well with this O line is just beyond stupid. Blaming Winston as main issue=stupid. Blaming Bowles when coaching staff is in first year and trying to get decent play from horrible secondary=stupid.

    As far as Bozo Wilson He sucked. He didn’t do anything for years here. Can’t even field a damn punt. Had bad attitude too that was shown on Hard Knocks. Good move.

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    • I am sure Fredster feels Blaming Bowles for the horrible 3 years of defence in Jets is also stupid
      What is stupid is hiring a coach that ran one of the worst defence in NFL at jets and expecting something different here at Bucs.

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  22. You have to start somewhere.

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    • Horse Good Coaching can overcome bad management! For example Panthers Coach Ron Rivera watched HOF center Ryan Kalil retire and the GM promptly replaced him with a small QB from West Virginia named Will Grier 3rd rd, loses his All Pro DT Kwon Short for the season, and to make matters worst his starting QB Cam Newton is going out with a foot injury, and oh yeah he’s 2-0 to begin the season. Does Ron Rivera Panic? Nope, he just promptly brings in an undrafted rookie QB off the streets with a better game plan to come in here and beat a completely healthy Bucs team with better skill position players on offense except RB McCaffery. Coaching Matters!!! Just look at the roster of wideouts and compare them to the Bucs, they don’t have a WR1 on the roster we have two. They have one TE running with one leg, we have two TE’s that we can’t figure out how to get the ball to them. This is a Disaster! Where do you think I would Start?????

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      • Just a reminder we are 2-3; how’s that coaching working?

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  23. Of course it’s Coaching! And the GM too! They assembled the coaching staff and drafted the players. They decided which free agents to sign and which players would no longer be offered contracts to continue to play for the Bucs! BA decided which Offense he would run, knowing the QB he inherited. The defensive alignment was determined by the new coaches! They knew the talent they had! Yet, we continue to lose and the team really doesn’t have a go to identity. R we a running team that plays smash mouth football? Or, r we a passing team with an offensive line that leaks like a sieve? This is the problem! This Buc’s team has no identity! And for these types of performances we continue to employ a GM who can’t seem to draft or acquire in free agency the necessary type of players for this team to succeed! The Glazer boyz needed to hire known NFL talent evaluators to help assemble this latest Buc team. The could assist in talent evaluation, the draft, coaching hires while the Glazer boyz concentrate on their real love…Manchester United… which by the way, the locals over there hate them as well! I’m just saying…

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  24. I mentioned on my previous post “Good and bad things I saw in the game” that I thought that behind Winston’s terrible performance (and the offensive line), that WR Bobo Wilson came in a close second… and the difference was, Wilson might get cut while Winston wouldn’t since Wilson could be easily replaced and as unfortunate as it is, Winston is not easily replaceable. Too bad I was right (or good thing).

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  25. No NFL team is going to win many games giving up an average of 31 points a game.

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