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Bucs cut 12, including returner Eric Page

The Bucs cut Eric Page, looking for yards after a catch, leaving former Florida Gator Solomon Patton as the likely kick returner.

SAM OWENS | Times

The Bucs cut Eric Page, looking for yards after a catch, leaving former Florida Gator Solomon Patton as the likely kick returner.

TAMPA — The Bucs made their first wave of cuts Sunday, parting ways with 12 players, including WRs Eric Page, Skye Dawson and Tommy Streeter.

Page returned punts and kickoffs in 2013, which now look to be taken by former Florida Gator and undrafted rookie Solomon Patton.

Streeter, a standout at Miami, caught a touchdown in the Bucs' preseason opener. But his size (6 feet 5, 215 pounds) is something the team already has at the position. Dawson appeared in seven games for the Bucs last season, catching two passes and returning one punt and three kickoffs.

Andrew DePaola, who hasn't played a regular-season game, is the only long snapper after Jeremy Cain was cut. Cain, 34, has played 83 games, including eight under Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Chicago in 2004-05. DePaola was among the Bucs' final cuts each of the past two seasons.

Jace Daniels and Jason Foster, who worked at guard and center with the second team for most of the preseason, were cut. Daniels spent two days at starting guard after the preseason opener.

Other cuts: fourth-string QB Alex Tanney, third-team FB Ian Thompson, undrafted DEs Chaz Sutton and Ryne Giddins (Armwood High/USF), undrafted DT Euclid Cummings and G R.J. Mattes, who signed late last week.

The Bucs are at 78 players and must cut three more by Tuesday. The preseason finale is Thursday at home against the Redskins with rosters cut to 53 by Saturday.

Because of injuries, the team still has 16 defensive backs battling for likely 10 roster spots. It might need to cut only one more player at receiver, tight end and quarterback.

THIS AND THAT: Smith had no updates on injuries from Saturday to S Bradley McDougald (knee) and FB Jorvorskie Lane (hand). … Cain's release means the team now has just four players 30 or older: QB Josh McCown (35), P Michael Koenen (32), WR Vincent Jackson (31) and G Oniel Cousins (30).

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com. Follow @gregauman.

Bucs cut 12, including returner Eric Page 08/24/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 9:57pm]
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