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Bucs add defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen



Continuing to search for depth at defensive tackle, the Bucs have signed former Browns nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, who will compete for the team's fourth defensive tackle job.

Kitchen, 27, was practicing Monday morning and wearing a No. 66 jersey. He's one of the Bucs' biggest defensive linemen at 330 pounds, having totaled 78 tackles in three seasons with the Browns from 2012-14. He played one game each last season with the Lions and Patriots without logging any statistics.

The Bucs have three proven defensive tackles in Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, but little proven depth behind them. Cliff Matthews and A.J. Francis have played in the NFL, and the rest of the competition is rookies Davonte Lambert and Travis Britz.

No corresponding move was announced by the Bucs, though rookie safety Elijah Shumate, who has been limited by a wrist injury, was not at practice Monday.

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2016 11:13am]


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