The Buccaneers continue to make roster changes heading into the opening week match-up against division rivals Carolina by waiving OL Derek Hardman and re-signing CB Brandon McDonald.
The roster changes continue under Bucs new head coach Greg Sciano as players released last week were re-signed by the Buccaneers and players signed over the weekend were released.The Buccaneers announced Wednesday morning that they have re-signed cornerback Brandon McDonald and waived guard/tackle Derek Hardman.
The team also announced it has signed guard Julian Vandervelde to the practice squad and released wide receiver Bert Reed from the practice squad.
McDonald was signed by the Bucs on August 20 and spent the remainder of the preseason with the team until his release last Saturday. McDonald spent the past two years in Detroit after a brief stint in Arizona. The sixth-year veteran was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by Cleveland, where McDonald remained until one week before the 2010 season began.
Hardman was signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was hoping for some playing time at right guard in the absence of Davin Joseph.
Vandervelde was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by Philadelphia after playing collegiately at Iowa. Vandervelde was waived by the Eagles on Friday, the deadline for rosters to be trimmed to 53 players. The 6-foot-2, 300 pound guard was aquired by Tampa Bay off of waivers on Saturday but was cut two days later in order for the team to re-sign defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry.
Reed, a former Florida State wide receiver, impressed scouts at the FSU pro day in March after running an official 4.46 in the 40. Reed was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February despite a fairly productive career as a Seminole in which he had 170 receptions for 2,022 yards and 10 touchdowns. Reed was signed as an undrafted free agent by Cleveland, but released from the Browns on August 26. Reed was signed to the Bucs' practice squad on Monday.
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