The Bucs' rookie class looks to be growing on the opening roster, as defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert, an undrafted rookie from Auburn, has been told by coaches that he's made the initial 53-man roster.
Lambert, who had five tackles including a tackle for loss in limited preseason action, appears to have won the fourth defensive tackle job, beating out NFL veterans Cliff Matthews (who has been waived) and A.J. Francis. Lambert played well in the Bucs' second preseason game against the Jaguars, getting three tackles, more than the other defensive tackles combined.
Lambert not only makes the initial cut as an undrafted rookie, but as one who signed with no signing bonus at all, an impressive scouting feat for the Bucs, who are also expected to keep undrafted rookie Channing Ward of Ole Miss at defensive end, and potentially a third undrafted rookie on defense in linebacker Luke Rhodes. It's possible the Bucs will add players off waivers after the rest of the league makes its final cuts, displacing some players on the Bucs' initial 53.
The Bucs defense, to the chagrin of opposing public address announcers, looks to have a Lavonte (David), a Devante (Bond) and a DaVonte (Lambert) in its front seven.