Bucs claim DT Jones, WR Shepard, release Underwood, Goode
They may want to replace the door at One Buc Place with a turnstile.
Four of the players who made the 53-man roster had not been signed prior to June and the Bucs claimed two other players off waivers Sunday -- Texans defensive tackle Chris Jones and Eagles receiver Russell Shepard.
To make room for those players, the Bucs released receiver Tiquan Underwood and linebacker Najee Goode.
T/G Gabe Carimi, CB Michael Adams, DE Trevor Scott and PK Rian Lindell made the 53-man roster despite not signing with the Bucs prior to June. In fact, Scott and Lindell joined the Bucs less than two weeks before the final roster cutdown.
Jones (6-foot-2, 306-pounds) was a sixth round pick by the Houston Texans in April from Bowling Green, where he was a three-time All-Mid American Conference selection. He was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year last season as a senior after recording 12.5 sacks.
Shepard (6-foot-1, 195-pounds) was an undrafted free agent from Louisiana State where he saw time at quarterback, running back and receiver. He finished his career with 733 rushing yards, 565 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns (five rushing, five receiving).
Underwood, who played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers, was released last season before he was re-signed about a month later. He lost the No. 3 receiver spot to Cowboys free agent Kevin Ogletree. Goode, a fifth-round pick from West Virginia last season, returned an interception for a touchdown in the final preseason game against the Redskins' Thursday night.
The Bucs also signed seven players to the practice squad that spent time with them in the preseason: cornerback Deveron Carr, offensive lineman Jace Daniels, linebacker Ka’lial Glaud, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, tight end Danny Noble, wide receiver Chris Owusu and tackle Mike Remmers.