In a move that surely no one saw coming, on the eve of their Thursday Night Football match up with the New England Patriots, defensive end Jacquies Smith has been waived by the Bucs.

The Buccaneers are currently dead last in the NFL in sacks with just one through three games, so dumping one of their potential pass rushing options was not a move many predicted. Smith played seven snaps Sunday against the Giants, his first action in more than a year after recovering from ACL surgery.

Since coming into the league in 2014, Smith has always been a Buccaneer. In 2014, he recorded 6.5 sacks and the following year he raised that total slightly to seven. He missed all of the 2016 season with his knee injury, in addition to the offseason program while he recovered.

Smith had a setback prior to training camp and needed another procedure on his knee, which placed him on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Smith was activated to the 53-man roster at the start of the 2017 regular season game, but was inactive for the first two games as he struggled to regain his old form.

The Bucs didn’t see much progress over the last three weeks so they decided to move on, especially with the addition of new defensive end Will Clarke IV, who played for Tampa Bay defensive line coach Jay Hayes in Cincinnati. Clarke has been active the last two games and has totaled three tackles, including two against the New York Giants on Sunday.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. I am honestly surprised by this move, who or what is there to gain with cutting him? I don’t think they would make this kind of move without some sort of transaction in the works.

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    • or drug test results

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    • He will probably go somewhere else and become another Michael Bennett.

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  2. Anyone have any insight as to why they cut him? Seems like a sudden move right before the game tomorrow.

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  3. About time somebody woke up about him.

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  4. What the hell happened? It’s not like we have an abundance of rushing ends that we can afford to let one go without good reason. Hope PR can get some insight into this…

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  5. They have to be speaking to other teams about a trade that at the minimum includes next year’s first round pick

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  6. No way a trade like that.

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  7. I think Simeon Rice is still available.

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  8. Strange timing with the game tomorrow night, but this was a long time coming. Always injured and more hype than actual production.

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    • 6.5 and 7 sack seasons in spot duty… before he was injured… relative to recent buc’s pass rushing history, dude was a HoF 😉

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  9. I didn’t see this coming at all. However, I didn’t think he would be around after this season. I guess the Bucs don’t anticipate him being fully healthy this season. Also, they must need a safety with Ward and Tandy being doubtful for the game on Thursday. Even with Evans, they are probably brining someone up from the practice squad.

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  10. This one’s got me scratching my head too! This is not the usual MO. If a significant move is planned that is announced first followed by the corresponding cut. And how could any addition help 12 hours before a game. What’s obvious is they’re done with Jaq Smith.

    Their immediate needs now are Safety (due to injury) and DE (due to Smith’s release and no pass rush). The Saints are shopping S Kenny Vaccaro (FA next year) and the 49ers are shopping DE Aaron Lynch (bit of a headcase). None of that makes long-term sense to me. It’s more likely a Buc move like bringing DE Channing Ward up from the PS who actually knows the playbook.

    I’m making wild a$$ guesses here so may as well wait and see what happens. Still a headscratcher, but hope whatever they have in mind works out. Go Bucs!

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  11. So disappointed. Been waiting for him to get back in, and with Spence dinged up thought he would be great rotating in to keep fresh legs at the position. Don’t understand this move. C’mon Bucs blow my mind with the next move. 💣

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  12. He bet not go ball out somewhere else Mr Licht !

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  13. Clarke receives more reps in the last game and looked even more lost.

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  14. This was a draft that was loaded with DE’s and Corners. We could have taken one in 2nd round. I would have added 3rd round too as I was surprised we moved up to take LB, but in light of what has happened with injuries that, has now become a brilliant move especially since Beckwith has played so well.

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  15. Between the knee injury and whatever the set back was this summer, too much for this guy to overcome. Wish him luck to making it back.

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  16. This move doesn’t make any sense unless they are working on getting a new pass rusher. If we don’t have a back up option, then y do it? I mean worse case scenario is he might not play well in which case just reduce his reps. Why cut him when our pass rush has been just horrible?

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  17. Unless there’s something we don’t know this move makes absolutely no sense. Puzzling move for a team with 1 sack on the year and absolutely no investment in the pass rush during the offseason. I get we can’t address everything during the offseason but I’m not sure how we managed to get nothing in free agency or the draft at such an obvious position of need.

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  18. I suspect the move is being made to bring up a safety from the Practice Squad for this game.

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    • Only one safety on the PS -39 Johnson, Isaiah S 6-0 209 24 R South Carolina. Why not announce this when the cut was made? Puzzling! Anyway chance to say Good Morning, scubog. lol.

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    • You were right scub, they brought up S Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad.

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