Final cuts revealed
Here is the list of the Buccaneers' final cuts in its entirety:
DE Charles Bennett, G Phil Bogle, DT Chris Bradwell, DE Patrick Chukwurah, WR Brian Clark, T Chris Clark, RB Kenneth Darby, G Chris Denman, TE Daniel Fells, CB Marcus Hamilton, CB Darrell Hunter, G Brian Johnson, WR Chad Lucas, DT Dre Moore, LB Ryan Nece, T Dennis Roland, QB Chris Simms, RB Clifton Smith, WR Micheal Spurlock and FB Carl Stewart.
Also, the team placed WR Cortez Hankton on injured reserve and released CB Sammy Davis from injured reserve, likely after reaching an injury settlement.
Here's what we can glean at first glance:
- For one, CB Elbert Mack made the team, making him the feel-good story of the year so far. Mack was an undrafted free agent from Troy who excelled in the preseason and will provide depth in the secondary and play on special teams. CB/S Eugene Wilson also made the cut as the Bucs elected to retain nine defensive backs.
- Obviously, in keeping rookie QB Josh Johnson, the Bucs have again decided to keep four quarterbacks, at least for now. Letting go of Johnson now would have exposed him to the rest of the league. Plus, practice squads won't be formed for a couple days.
- The Bucs will be particularly thin on the offensive line, where they kept just eight players. And that includes injured Davin Joseph (foot), who will miss at least several weeks after surgery. While he's out, the Bucs have just two offensive line backups: Anthony Davis and Dan Buenning.
- Keep in mind, someone will have to go in a couple weeks because tight end Jerramy Stevens does not yet count toward the 53. He was placed on the suspended list today and will begin serving his two-game NFL suspension in Week 1. When he is activated, the Bucs will have to make room for him on the roster. Unless they plan to keep four tight ends, Ben Troupe might be vulnerable.
- The Bucs kept five of their seven draft picks, with fourth-rounder Dre Moore being released and seventh-rounder Cory Boyd placed on injured reserve. Sixth-round pick Geno Hayes was a mild surprise, considering he was probably the seventh linebacker. The Bucs were thought to be leaning toward keeping six.