Receivers Page, Streeter among 12 cut by Bucs
The Bucs made their first wave of preseason cuts Sunday, parting ways with 12 players, including receivers Eric Page, Skye Dawson and Tommy Streeter.
"It's always tough when you've been with a group of men, most of them through the offseason and of course through training camp, but eventually the roster has to get down to 53 with 10 practice squad guys," coach Lovie Smith said. "It's just kind of part of this business."
Page had both the punt and kickoff return jobs last season, which now look to be taken by undrafted rookie Solomon Patton. Streeter had a touchdown in the preseason opener but his size is something the Bucs already have at the position.
At long-snapper, the Bucs will be going with unproven Andrew DePaola, who hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game, over veteran Jeremy Cain, who was cut Sunday. Cain, 34, had 83 career games, including playing under Lovie Smith in Chicago in 2004-05.
Offensive linemen Jace Daniels and Jason Foster, who had worked as guard/centers on the second-team line most of the preseason, were cut. Daniels had spent two days working as a first-string guard after the preseason opener.
Other cuts included fourth-string quarterback Alex Tanney, third-team fullback Ian Thompson, undrafted rookie defensive ends Chaz Sutton and Ryne Giddins (Armwood/USF), undrafted rookie defensive tackle Euclid Cummings and guard R.J. Mattes, who had been signed as an injury replacement late last week.
The Bucs are now at 78 players on roster and must cut three more by Tuesday afternoon to meet the NFL's initial maximum. The preseason finale is Thursday night at home against the Redskins, with rosters cut to 53 by Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay could be active in scouring the early cuts from other teams, with depth at some positions stronger than others.