Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph put on injured reserve; 10 players waived

TAMPA — The first casualties of camp Schiano were asked to turn in their playbooks Monday.

The Bucs reached the 75-man roster limit by the 4 p.m. deadline today with a host of transactions.

Tampa Bay placed G Davin Joseph (torn patellar tendon) on injured reserve and DE Da'Quan Bowers (torn Achilles) on reserve/physically unable to perform. They also waived RB De'Anthony Curtis, LS Andrew DePaola, WR Greg Ellingson, TE Collin Franklin, WR Ed Gant, P Eric Guthrie, T Mike Ingersoll, LB Brian Smith, S Tramain Thomas and CB Marquese Wheaton.

On Thursday, the Bucs waived DE Quintin Anderson, WR Armahd Lewis and T Mike VanDerMeulen.

All teams must reach the final 53-man roster by Friday.

Bowers must wait until six weeks into the regular season before he can be activated to the roster.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano will have even tougher decisions to make after Wednesday's final preseason game at Washington.

The Bucs have a logjam at receiver (Arrelious Benn, Tiquan Underwood, Sammie Stroughter competing for the final spots), defensive back (safeties Larry Asante, Cody Grimm, Keith Tandy) and running back (Mossis Madu, Michael Smith).

DYNAMIC DUO: The pairing of rookie Mark Barron with 16-year veteran Ronde Barber at safety has had a big impact on the improvement of the defense. Barber is making the transition after spending his entire career at cornerback.

"It's good. This is our first real, full experience with it," Barber said. "And Mark is going to be good, man. He's big and he's fast. He's got some great football instincts. It will be a good combination. He has still got some things to learn, he's willing to learn them."

In Friday's 30-28 preseason win over the Patriots, Barber lined up in the slot in a three-receiver set and undercut TE Rob Gronkowski, tipping a pass that was intercepted by Barron and returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Barber said he's still learning the defense and new position.

"It's a little bit of an adjustment," Barber said. "Your feet definitely have to be a little bit slower. But I made a career on being able to read a quarterback and dissect plays as they're happening. That's been a real fun thing and challenging thing."

PRACTICE WIPED OUT: The Bucs canceled practice Monday in anticipation of inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm Issac. The Bucs will practice this morning before traveling to Washington for Wednesday night's game against the Redskins at FedEx Field.

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