NFC South: Paris Warren

Bucs add more rookies

May, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Bucs just sent out a release announcing a series of roster moves.

A day after completing a three-day minicamp for rookies that included a bunch of undrafted players getting tryouts, the Bucs have signed defensive end Jarriett Buie, receiver Pat Carter, offensive lineman Marc Dile, tackle Demar Dotson, running back Kareem Huggins, receiver Amari Jackson and cornerback Evan McCollough.

To clear roster space for those players, the Bucs have released receiver Paris Warren, tackle Andre Douglas and cornerback Greg Fassitt.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

All right, time for another break from covering the Saints in London. Here's a look at what's going on in the rest of the division. 

BUCCANEERS

  • Warrick Dunn didn't practice Wednesday. He does have a pinched nerve in his neck, but it's also common for Dunn to get Wednesdays off. Wide receiver Joey Galloway was at practice and could make his return Sunday against the Cowboys.
  • Running back Cadillac Williams practiced with the Bucs for the first time in more than a year. The Bucs have 21 days to decide if they want to activate Williams or put him on the injured reserve list.
  • The Bucs signed linebacker Kyle Shotwell and receiver Paris Warren to the practice squad. Fullback Ryan Powdrell was released from the practice squad.

PANTHERS

  • Center Ryan Kalil and right tackle Jeff Otah, who each have missed the last two games with injuries, sat out Wednesday's practice. With a bye coming up after Sunday's game with Arizona, the Panthers may hold out Kalil and Otah again to get them fully healthy. Wide receiver D.J. Hackett returned to practice on a limited basis.
  • Defensive end Julius Peppers said part of the reason he didn't step forward as a vocal leader last year was because he deferred to veteran defensive end Mike Rucker, who retired in the spring. In a way, that's commendable on Peppers' part. But, then again, Rucker wasn't the kind of guy who would have been offended by Peppers stepping forward.

FALCONS

  • Atlanta was accused by some critics of making a reach when it traded back into the first round for offensive tackle Sam Baker. So far, the Falcons are looking like they made the right call. Baker's been more than solid at left tackle. If he and rookie quarterback Matt Ryan continue developing the way they are, the Falcons could end up having one of the best first rounds in NFL history.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 
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 There is a chance Cadillac Williams could play for the Bucs this season.

The Buccaneers made the smartest move possible this afternoon when they placed running back Cadillac Williams on the physically unable to perform list.

That doesn't settle the question of whether Williams will play in 2008 but, more importantly, it keeps Tampa Bay's options open.

Williams will have to sit out the first six weeks of the season. After that, a three-week window opens in which Williams can begin practicing. Although coach Jon Gruden has been raving about how Williams is progressing, it would have been rushing things to bring him back for the start of the season.

Williams suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 4 last season and that injury usually takes more than a year to fully heal. The extra time will give Williams between six and nine weeks to make more progress.

There's still a very real chance Williams will miss the entire season but the Bucs didn't want to make a decision like that now. The Bucs have plenty of other options at running back with Earnest Graham, Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett. But making this move with Williams keeps the option open for him to return in the middle of a playoff drive.

In other moves, the Bucs got their roster down to 75 players by releasing linebacker Antoine Cash, cornerback Sammy Davis, safety Donte Nicholson and receiver Paris Warren. Cash, Davis and Nicholson were waived as injured. If they clear waivers, they'll revert back to Tampa Bay's injured reserve list.

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