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Bucs claim defensive tackle Adam Reth off waivers from the Eagles

Tampa Bay has a shortage of interior defensive linemen with Vita Vea and Mitch Unrein still nursing injuries
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sandwiched by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) and defensive end Noah Spence (57) after getting a pass away in the second quarter of an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sandwiched by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) and defensive end Noah Spence (57) after getting a pass away in the second quarter of an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
Published Aug. 19, 2018

Facing a critical shortage of interior defensive linemen, the Bucs on Sunday claimed Eagles defensive tackle Adam Reth off waivers. To make room for Reth, the Bucs waived/injured defensive tackle Drew Iddings, who joined the team last week.

With both first-round pick Vita Vea and Bears free agent Mitch Unrein unable to play due to injures, the Bucs had to use defensive end William Gholston at defensive tackle for much of Saturday's game at Tennessee.

"Will had to play a lot inside last night," coach Dirk Koetter said. "He played the most snaps on the defensive line. With Vita and Mitch both being out, that's really hurt our depth at defensive tackle so we've asked Will to go inside and he played both three technique and nose last night and played a lot of plays."

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Reth had one tackle in the Eagles preseason opener against the Steelers.

Reth had 79 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and three sacks as a senior at Northern Iowa in 2017.