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Bucs cut to NFL limit, but more moves to come

Bucs coach Lovie Smith looks up at a replay during the second half of the preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Associated Press)
Published Sep. 6, 2015

TAMPA — A polite warning for any Bucs player celebrating still being around after Saturday's cuts to reach the roster limit of 53: They're not done making moves.

The Bucs have their "second draft" today, planning to take full advantage of being first in line to claim any player waived by the other 31 teams. They have until noon to submit claims.

Saturday's cuts had very few surprises. Two undrafted rookie receivers made the cut, Adam Humphries from Clemson and Rannell Hall from UCF. Kaelin Clay, a fifth-round draft pick this year, was waived after Humphries beat him out for the return jobs. Another promising rookie, receiver Donteea Dye, was waived and could be signed to the practice squad.

One position where the Bucs will likely add a player is defensive end. Larry English was put on injured reserve with a knee injury, and backups Lawrence Sidbury and rookie Ryan Delaire were cut, leaving only three at the position. Defensive tackles Will Gholston and Henry Melton can help at end as well.

The Bucs are carrying 11 offensive linemen for now, including a few backups who have overcome the odds. Former Bull Jeremiah Warren, cut by five teams in three years, appears to be the backup center. Matt Masifilo, converted from defensive tackle to guard in the offseason, also remains on the roster. Those two, as well as 2014 draft pick Kadeem Edwards and backup tackle Reid Fragel, could be in jeopardy if the Bucs claim an offensive lineman.

The Bucs cut four undrafted rookies trying to make the roster on defense: Delaire, tackle Caushaud Lyons, linebacker Josh Keyes and defensive back Jude Adjei-Barimah. Veteran Jason Williams, who made plays on special teams after joining the Bucs at midseason last year, made the cut as a fifth linebacker.

The Bucs are expected to sign Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings today, which will require a corresponding move to stay under the roster limit. The Bucs are offense-heavy, with 28 players on that side of the ball and 22 on defense, though some of that will even out today.

Waiver claims are due by noon, and at 1 p.m., the Bucs can begin signing younger players to their 10-player practice squad after they've cleared waivers.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

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