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Bucs looking for keepers from rookie camp

The Bucs currently have 89 players on their roster but are eyeing a few more in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

That means there could be some decisions made on current players in the next couple of days, as the Bucs look to retain tryout players worthy of being signed to a contract.

NFL teams are now limited to 90 players on their offseason rosters, up from 80. But now, unlike in the past, unsigned rookies also count toward that number. After signing several players in recent weeks, coupled with last week’s draft, there’s not much wiggle room on the roster. If the Bucs find more than one player worth signing in this camp, they'll have to release someone to make room for them.

To that end, coach Greg Schiano said he is intrigued by some of the defensive linemen participating in this weekend’s camp and sounded like he has intentions of adding one or more.

“It’s going to be hard to decide which D linemen we go with because there are some that have done a good job and show promise,” Schiano said. “Tonight’s a big night, evaluating everything and meeting as a staff, grinding through it and making some decisions.”

There are 10 defensive linemen participating this weekend, including two – Hilee Taylor and Jordan Nix -- from North Carolina, who were coached by Bucs special assistant Butch Davis. The Bucs have one more rookie workout on Sunday and will likely notify players they want to keep before they leave town.

How many will the Bucs keep?

“It’ll be as many guys as we think can help us win,” Schiano said.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 5, 2012 6:29pm]


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