First wave of cuts expected for Bucs today
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The process of paring the Bucs' roster from 90 players to 53 in the next week has already started, as coach Lovie Smith is expected to announce the first wave of cuts when he speaks with reporters at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75 players by Tuesday, then to 53 by Saturday, with the final round of preseason games in between on Thursday night. The Bucs' 27-14 win at Buffalo served as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with most starters expected to sit out Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins.
Given that, any healthy players who saw limited or no game action against the Bills are in a precarious position moving forward. Among those who had no injuries and still didn't play in Buffalo: fourth-string QB Alex Tanney, fifth-string TE Ian Thompson, backup receiver Skye Dawson and offensive tackles R.J. Mattes and Edawn Coughman, who were both signed this week to guard against injuries on the backup offensive line.
Other backups who saw limited action late in Saturday's game and are vulnerable to the first wave of cuts: defensive ends Ryne Giddins and T.J. Fatinikun, who were signed during camp to offset injuries; several undrafted rookies, including OL Josh Allen, OG Andrew Miller, TE Cameron Brate, DE Chaz Sutton, DT Euclid Cummings, LB Nate Askew and CB Keith Lewis all saw only late snaps on offense/defense Saturday.
The Bucs will be able to bring back 10 players as part of their practice squad after the final cuts to 53 are made.