Buccaneers keep four QBs, five of six rookies
The cuts are in.
The Buccaneers reduced their final roster to 52 players today to get to the league-mandated 53 maximum.
As expected, the team kept each of its four quarterbacks, and as reported earlier, released kicker Matt Bryant. Also, the club retained five of its six draft picks. Only tackle Xavier Fulton, who suffered a knee injury in Friday night's preseason finale, failed to make the final roster. He'll be placed on injured reserve.
Among the surprises is the decision to keep long-shot offensive tackle Demar Dotson, a project out of Southern Miss. The cuts included longtime Buc Jameel Cook, one of just two fullbacks on the roster. The Bucs will, for now, go with just B.J. Askew at the position that is somewhat de-emphasized in the team's new offense.
A couple of things to keep in mind: First, the team has just 52 players, leaving a roster spot available for a player who is on the market. And there are plenty of players on the market. Secondly, Tanard Jackson's move to the suspended list means he will not count against the roster limit during his four-game NFL suspension. Also, guard Arron Sears, a two-year starter, will remain on the Reserve/Did Not Report list as he is not not expected to resume his playing career anytime soon. He has been out since the spring dealing with personal issues.
Here are today's roster moves:
T Anthony Alabi
CB Kyle Arrington
K Matt Bryant
DE Jarriett Buie
FB Jameel Cook