The Bucs continue their final wave of cuts to get down to today's 53-man deadline, with rookie linebacker Riley Bullough and receivers Josh Huff and Donteea Dye among Saturday's early cuts.
Waiving Bullough -- breakout star of "Hard Knocks" for the past month -- was very much expected, with coaches discussing the possibility during the HBO show -- the question now is whether he'll be claimed by another NFL team or if he comes back to the Bucs on their practice squad. His cut bodes well for Cameron Lynch making the team after a strong preseason.
The biggest uncertainty might have been at No. 5 receiver, and the Bucs have eliminated two possibilities in Huff and Dye. That likely leaves it down to Freddie Martino and Lakewood's Bernard Reedy, who caught the team's only touchdown catch of the preseason on Thursday.
The battle for the last defensive line jobs has also taken shape -- with George Johnson cut Friday and DaVonte Lambert and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu placed on injured reserve, there were more moves Saturday: Tavaris Barnes and Sterling Bailey were waived, with Bailey expected to come back on the practice squad. That bodes well for Sealver Siliga and Channing Ward, now in position to have the final two defensive line jobs.
Offensive lineman Mike Liedtke was also waived Saturday, but is expected to return Sunday on the practice squad.