Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs waive Swearinger, Lemon

TAMPA — The Bucs have two openings on their roster after waiving a pair of special-teams players Tuesday in S D.J. Swearinger and LB Orie Lemon.

Swearinger had 11 tackles this season, but none since Week 3, having been relegated to a special-teams role. He had been inactive the past two weeks with a toe injury, and in waiving him, the Bucs chose to keep first-year player Kimario McFadden, who made his NFL debut on special teams Sunday.

Lemon, cut once before this season, has been a regular on kick coverage, with two special-teams tackles.

The Bucs' signings may include help at defensive end, where George Johnson was sidelined Sunday with a calf injury. The other might be a player who can take on Lemon's role in kick coverage.

The Bucs also released two players from the practice squad, S Akeem Davis and LB Quayshawn Nealy, both recent additions. No corresponding additions were immediately announced.

DUAL THREAT: Rookie QB Jameis Winston has four rushing touchdowns in nine games, leading the team and ranking second among NFL quarterbacks, trailing only Carolina's Cam Newton, who has six. Winston is one off the team record for a quarterback — Shaun King had five in 2000, as did Steve Young in 1986.

CAN CATCH, TOO: RB Doug Martin had a 25-yard catch Sunday on the way to a season-high 40 receiving yards — he has 21 catches this season, one behind RB Charles Sims for second on the team. Martin is on pace for 37 catches, which would be his most since catching 49 as a rookie in 2012.

THIS AND THAT: With 12 total tackles Sunday, LB Lavonte David is tied for fifth in the NFL with 81. … WR Kaelin Clay, the Bucs' sixth-round pick in April, signed Tuesday with the Ravens and could be their return specialist this week. … RB Bobby Rainey is one of just two players in the NFL to rank among the top 10 for average in kickoff and punt returns, along with Atlanta's Eric Weems.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

 
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