The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing to play their first preseason game of the year against the New York Jets on Friday night, and with some depth concerns at the safety and tight end positions, they’re apparently looking to upgrade their roster.
PewterReport.com is reporting that the Bucs worked out several defensive backs and safeties on Wednesday morning before the team took the field at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex for its two-hour practice.
Defensive backs Cory Bird, Arturo Freeman and Bobby Gray, and tight ends Leonard Stephens and Zeron Flemister worked out in front of a few team officials on the far practice field for about 45 minutes.
The 5-foot-10, 213-pound Bird played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2001-04.
Freeman (6-1, 210) played for the Miami Dolphins from 2001-04 and spent part of the 2005 season with the New England Patriots.
Gray (6-0, 210) spent the 2004 season with the Chicago Bears.
Stephens (6-3, 258) played with the Washington Redskins for several seasons and played with the NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy during the 2004 offseason.
Flemister (6-4, 250) played for Washington from 2000-03. He spent the 2004 season with the New England Patriots and part of the 2005 season with the Oakland Raiders.
The Bucs currently have six safeties – Jermaine Phillips, Will Allen, Kalvin Pearson, Donte Nicholson, Blue Adams and Steve Cargile – on their roster.
The team has seven tight ends – Alex Smith, Anthony Becht, Tim Massaquoi, Matt Kranchick, Dave Moore, Mark Anelli and T.J. Williams – on their roster. Williams is a member of the team, but is not officially on the Bucs’ roster because he remains unsigned. The rookie suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s mandatory mini-camp and is out for the year. Once he signs his rookie contract the Bucs will place him on injured reserve. Moore and Anelli are regarded more as long snappers.
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