NFC South: Lonnie Pryor

Most significant move: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a leap of faith when they released kicker Connor Barth and decided to go with Patrick Murray. Barth was a proven veteran. Murray is an unknown. But Murray had an excellent preseason to win the job. Barth didn’t look quite as sharp and didn’t seem to have as much distance as he did before missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Barth also was scheduled to make more than $3 million this season. Murray will only cost the team $420,000.

Not so fast: A lot of people were under the assumption running back Jeff Demps would make the roster because the Bucs were so infatuated with his speed. But Demps was released Saturday. The former Olympic sprinter was given every opportunity as a running back and a return man, but he never was able to make things happen in space. Still, Demps has rare speed and the Bucs likely will try to get him signed to the practice squad, where he might be able to develop into something.

What’s next: The Bucs likely aren’t done with roster moves. They’re likely to bring in some players who were released elsewhere. Depth at linebacker, safety and on the offensive line still could be priorities.

Bucs’ cuts: Released WR Solomon Patton, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Ronald Talley, K Connor Barth, TE Cameron Brate, DE Larry English, G Jamon Meredith, DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, T Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, LB Brandon Magee, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, DL Ronald Talley, S Major Wright and OL Jeremiah Warren.

Bucs begin trimming roster

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the process of trimming their roster Friday with no major surprises.

The Bucs parted ways with 12 players. That leaves the roster count at 63. It has to be down to 53 by Saturday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Jamon Meredith, who once appeared to have a shot at a starting guard job, was the only vested veteran to be waived.

Defensive back Marc Anthony, linebacker Nate Askew, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Kip Edwards, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun, cornerback Anthon Gaitor, linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud, cornerback Keith Lewis, offensive lineman Andrew Miller, fullback Lonnie Pryor and offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren were waived.
TAMPA, Fla. – The catch in Sunday’s practice was the kind you normally see only from a wide receiver. It was made with one hand at full speed with a defender in pursuit.

But Jorvorskie Lane isn’t a wide receiver. He’s a fullback who is trying to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That catch might have helped his chances.

“That’s an asset to my game,’’ Lane said. “I can catch the ball a little bit.’’

Lane, 5-foot-11 and 258 pounds, is trying to resurrect a career that has included stops with two minor-league teams and a season with the Miami Dolphins. The former college tailback said he’s just trying to find a home.

“It would be great,’’ Lane said. “You think about it sometimes, but you just have to look at your opportunity. Right now, I’m a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and I’m trying to take advantage of it.’’

Lane has been getting work as the first-team fullback. He’s competing with Lonnie Pryor for a roster spot. So far, Lane has made a positive impression on the coaching staff, but he might need to show he can help on special teams to secure a roster spot.

“He’s a big guy,’’ coach Lovie Smith said. “He can do some things. He’s a big guy with great feet. He’ll tell you he was a tailback all of his life. I like what he’s been able to do. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. But he’s a fullback and a fullback needs to be able to block. Fullbacks nowadays there’s not a lot of them around. In an ideal world, you would like a fullback to play some in-line plays and you need to be a special-teams player also and, of course, occasionally catch the ball out of the backfield. Jorvorskie can do a couple of those things. We’ll see about him and special teams.’’