Buccaneers sticking with youth movement

November, 24, 2010
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Already the NFL's youngest team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to get younger.

The team just announced that defensive tackle Frank Okam has been added to the regular roster. That comes after the Bucs released veteran defensive tackle Ryan Sims. Okam came into the league and appeared in 13 games over three seasons for the Houston Texans.

Sims, a former first-round draft pick, spent a couple of seasons as a starter for Tampa Bay, but was not very productive. He moved into a backup role this season after the Bucs used their top two draft choices on defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.

McCoy's been coming on strong in recent weeks. Price is out for the season with an injury. Roy Miller has been starting next to McCoy and has been adequate. Recent pickup Al Woods, also a rookie, has showed some potential. This move reflects how committed Tampa Bay is to its youth movement. Although the Bucs are in the playoff race, they're still seeking out young guys who can help them in the future.

The Bucs also signed cornerback D.J. Johnson to the practice squad. Johnson appeared in seven games for the New York Giants before his release earlier this week.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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