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    After signing two defensive ends it makes you wonder how serious George Johnson’s injury is.

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    This is the time of year to take a look at as many players as you can. Build a data base for Practice squad players, hidden gems, those few who may be potential starters in a few years.

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    Robert Ayers, Jacquies Smith and Noah Spence are all recovering from old injuries and aren’t expected back until training camp. These may be camp depth, but you never know if a guy shows up and surprises.

    DEFENSIVE ENDS – 7 (current roster)

    91 Ayers, Robert DE 6-3 275 31 8 Tennessee
    92 Gholston, William DE 6-6 281 25 4 Michigan State
    94 Johnson, George DE 6-4 265 29 5 Rutgers
    95 Russell, Ryan DE 6-5 275 25 2 Purdue
    56 Smith, Jacquies DE 6-2 260 26 3 Missouri
    57 Spence, Noah DE 6-2 251 23 1 Eastern Kentucky
    71 Ward, Channing DE 6-4 279 24 1 Mississippi

    The Bucs didn’t announce 2 corresponding cuts as Bailey and Barnes (sounds like bail bondsmen, I wouldn’t know. lol) were signed. Personally, I don’t see a DE currently on the roster that would be cut for either of these chaps and that includes DE George Johnson who is fully recovered from last year’s injury. The Bucs gave up a 5th round pick for George after a 5.5 sack season with the Lions.

    But you never know. Like Martinii said now is the time to look at everybody and sometimes like Jaquies Smith, a guy just shows up. I’ll be curious to see who gets released. May the best men win! Go Bucs!

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      Hey macabee, you were close. It doesn’t sound like bail bondsmen. . . It sounds like a Circus, well, if you switch them to Barnes and Bailey. Haha, no pun intended. Not saying the Bucs or their scouting dept is like a circus, I actually think they are doing a great job!!! Also, I have no problem giving these 2 guys a chance to beat out Ward, Russell or Johnson. May the best DE win !!

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