TAMPA — The Bucs claimed two players off waivers, Texans defensive tackle Chris Jones and Eagles receiver Russell Shepard, and released two, receiver Tiquan Underwood and linebacker Najee Goode, on Sunday.
Jones (6 feet 2, 306 pounds) was Houston's sixth-round pick in April. As a senior at Bowling Green in 2012, he was the MAC defensive player of the year for recording 12½ sacks.
In April, Shepard (6-1, 195) went undrafted out of LSU, where he also saw time at quarterback and running back. For his career, he had 733 rushing yards, 565 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns (five of each).
Underwood, who played for Bucs coach Greg Schiano while at Rutgers, was released last season but re-signed about a month later. He lost the No. 3 receiver job to Kevin Ogletree. Goode, a fifth-round pick in 2012, appeared in only three games last season.
Tampa Bay also signed seven players to the practice squad: corner Deveron Carr, offensive lineman Jace Daniels, linebacker Ka'lial Glaud, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, tight end Danny Noble, receiver Chris Owusu and offensive tackle Mike Remmers. Each spent time in camp.