Bucs make first 13 cuts, including DE English, Meredith
Defensive end Larry English, the former first-round pick who was challenging Da'Quan Bowers for a roster spot, is among 13 players who have been cut by the Bucs as the team trims its roster from 75 players to the final 53. Gone, too, is veteran offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, who started 20 games in the past two seasons but had fallen out of the starting lineup in preseason.
English, who had two sacks last weekend against Buffalo, had a quiet game in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, with one assisted tackle and an offsides penalty (which was declined) in 39 snaps. The Bucs still have Scott Solomon on roster as another challenger to Bowers, who has been sidelined the last three games of preseason.
Meredith, who was due to make just over $1 million in base salary, is yet another change on the offenseive line, which will have four new starters this season. His release likely means the Bucs have confidence in rookie Kevin Pamphile as the top backup at tackle.
Here are the other 11 players released Friday: cornerbacks Anthony Gaitor, Marc Anthony, Kip Edwards and Keith Lewis; offensive linemen Edawn Coughman, Jeremiah Warren and Andrew Miller; linebackers Ka'Lial Glaud and Nate Askew, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and fullback Lonnie Pryor.
The Bucs are now at 62 players, meaning nine more need to be cut before Saturday's NFL deadline of 4 p.m.