The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made their first wave of roster cuts Tuesday, and there weren’t many surprises.
The Bucs trimmed their roster to 75 players by releasing wide receivers Derek McCoy and J.R. Russell, quarterback Jared Allen, kicker Xavier Beitia, punter Brian Simnjanovski, fullback Robert Douglas, defensive end/long snapper Jordan Hicks, tight end Matt Kranchick, running back Jacque Lewis, defensive end Kevin Lewis, center Daniel Martz, cornerback Justin Phinisee and linebacker Jermaine Taylor.
Of the 13 players released by the Bucs, only one – Phinisee – was a 2006 draft pick. He was selected in the seventh round out of Oregon.
In addition to those roster moves, the Bucs placed QB Luke McCown on the physically unable to perform list, which means the team has until Week 6 to decide whether to activate or release McCown, or place him on injured reserve.
Bucs QB Jay Fiedler, who is recovering from a shoulder ailment and surgery, is on Tampa Bay’s roster and was not placed on the PUP.
In previous years, NFL teams were required to trim their rosters to 65 players in the first wave of cuts. However, the NFL changed its rules this year, requiring teams to trim their rosters to just 75. However, NFL Europe players’ exemptions expired Tuesday, which made players like Allen, Beitia, Hicks, Jacque Lewis, Kevin Lewis, Martz, Simnjanovski and Taylor vulnerable.
Tampa Bay will play its preseason finale at Houston on Thursday and must trim its roster to 53 players by Saturday. The Bucs kick off the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.
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