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Bucs add four players, including DT Davon Coleman

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We reported on three Bucs signings Thursday night, but the team confirmed four player signings on Friday, including former Arizona State and Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman.

Coleman, 25, has played in four NFL games over the last two seasons, with three total tackles. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Cleveland native played two years with the Sun Devils, totaling 15.5 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. He's one of three defensive linemen in the Bucs' first signings since Dirk Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. The other three, previously reported:

-- WR Bernard Reedy played at Toledo and spent the last two preseasons in camp with the Falcons. He worked with Koetter in 2014, spending the season on Atlanta's practice squad. The Lakewood grad's best chance to make the roster is likely on returns -- he took three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2012 for the Rockets, as well as one punt return.

-- DE Jermauria Rasco played with Kwon Alexander at LSU and visited the Bucs before the draft in April. He signed with the Packers but was placed on injured reserve after a should injury in the preseason finale. He played outside linebacker with the Packers but will try to stick with the Bucs as an undersized (6-3, 247) pass-rusher.

-- DL Cliff Matthews played under Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith with the Falcons in 2011-14, totaling 28 tackles after being a seventh-round pick in 2011. He's played defensive end in the past, but was listed as a defensive tackle in the Bucs' announcement.

Those four are the newest additions, but the Bucs have essentially added 18 total players for 2016 who weren't on the 53-man roster after Week 15. The Bucs promoted five players from the practice squad in the final two weeks of the season -- RB Mike James, WR Evan Spencer, TE Tevin Westbrook, LB Darius Eubanks and S Kimario McFadden -- and then signed the remaining nine players on the practice squad to contracts after the season, including former USF receiver Andre Davis.

[Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 4:00pm]

    

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