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The Bucs are trimming down the deepest wide receiver room in the NFL. After releasing wide receiver/return man Jaydon Mickens earlier in the week, the team has now waived practice squad standout Travis Jonsen. The former quarterback was released to make room for guard/center John Molchon to return to the practice squad.

Jonsen has drawn praise from the Bucs coaching staff since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2020. But he hasn’t had much opportunity to prove himself on the field. The 6-4, 211-pound Jonsen didn’t appear in any regular season or playoff games last year or this season. When he finally received a preseason to display his talents this summer, Jonsen didn’t stand out.

Tampa Bay’s offensive staff loved his versatility and smarts, and Jonsen could still return to the team at a later date. Mickens cleared waivers and assumed a practice squad spot a few days ago. Right now, the Bucs priority seems to be on the offensive line. Tampa Bay currently has nine offensive linemen on the active roster, and two more on the practice squad. Three other depth offensive linemen are on injured reserve.

Molchon joined Jonsen as a prized undrafted free agent of the Bucs in 2020. He had an impressive camp/preseason, especially after being moved to center due to injuries in front of him on the depth chart. Unfortunately, a lower body injury ended his preseason a few weeks before Week 1. Molchon is a heady, technically sound player who brings more of a finesse approach to the Bucs up front. He’ll likely be the first offensive lineman elevated in the event of an injury.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Dude
Dude(@dude)
1 month ago

I’m wondering, how good can it be to have an offensive lineman with “finesse” when what you need is ‘mullers?’ Does finesse work on the O-line?

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
Reply to  Dude
1 month ago

Yes, if someone describe a lineman as finesse, does that mean he is not strong.

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
1 month ago

Surprising he’s never returned kicks. If you’re going to make the Bucs as a receiver, the surest way would be a good returner.

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