Ex-Gators RB Demps among Bucs' final cuts
The Bucs went into Saturday needing to cut eight players to reach the NFL limit of 53 players, and the first player out in that final wave of cuts is former Florida running back Jeff Demps.
Demps, a world-class sprinter who was part of the U.S. silver medal 4-by-100 relay in 2012, had limited success in the preseason, totaling 59 yards on 20 carries in Thursday's finale. He was waived Saturday despite injuries to the position, with rookie Charles Sims out three months with an ankle injury and second-year pro Mike James sidelined the last two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Demps' release bodes well for fullback Jorvorskie Lane, who should be able to play in the opener despite an injury to his left hand that kept him out of Thursday's game. The Bucs have two healthy tailbacks for sure in starter Doug Martin and top backup Bobby Rainey.
2 p.m. update: Undrafted rookie tight end Cameron Brate has been waived. Another practice-squad candidate, and he's got a Harvard degree to fall back on. Three cuts left to get to 53, and Bucs still have 11 defensive backs on roster -- injuries may play a role in what happens there ...
12:15 update: Defensive tackle Ronald Talley has been released, which leaves only three true DTs on the roster -- Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence. The Bucs could get by with three and use ends like Will Gholston or Da'Quan Bowers for depth, or could a DT cut by another team ... Four cuts now remain to get to 53.
11:30 update: Quarterback Mike Kafka and defensive tackle Matt Masifilo have also been waived today. Kafka is a prime candidate for the team's practice squad as one of two players among the 10 that are allowed with up to two years of NFL experience.