NFC South: Vince Anderson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trim roster

August, 29, 2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced a bunch of roster moves. The biggest name on the list was cornerback Ashton Youboty, who was released.

He was signed during camp when the Bucs had some injuries in the secondary. But he also was viewed as possible insurance if Aqib Talib was suspended. The team said Saturday night it has been told by the NFL that Talib will not be suspended during the 2011 season, so that made Youboty expendable.

The Bucs also waived receiver Aundrae Allison, cornerback Vince Anderson, tight end Collin Franklin, defensive end Brandon Gilbeaux, receiver Detron Lewis, punter Robert Malone, receiver Jock Sanders, and fullback Rendrick Taylor. They also waived/injured guard Brandon Carter.

Hitting the links -- with Trent Dilfer

December, 21, 2010
One thing I know about new NFC South Blog best friend Trent Dilfer is that he’s an excellent golfer. That Christmas present I owe him? Well, I’m thinking maybe a new set of clubs. Or maybe a Golden Tee machine. Or maybe both.

Anyway, in the spirit of not pushing Dilfer’s thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons too far down the page (there was a part of me that was going to take off until Monday night’s game between the Saints and the Falcons and let the Dilfer item play slot machine and just keep ringing up comments and traffic), we’re going to stay with the golf theme here. We’re going to use the links to address a couple of minor events in the NFC South today.
  • Carolina receiver Steve Smith confirmed reports his house is for sale. He said it was on the market for several months before Carolina’s season ever turned dreadful. As far as if he wants to stay with the Panthers next year, Smith didn’t say much.
  • In a move that’s only getting mentioned because we needed to make links plural, Tampa Bay signed safety Dominique Harris off Buffalo’s practice squad. To make room for Harris, the Bucs released safety Vince Anderson.

Bucs still pondering safety options

December, 1, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. -- Their game with the Atlanta Falcons and their explosive offense is four days away and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren't sure what they're going to do at safety Sunday.

But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"It's just common place here and One Buc Place and what we've been doing all season,'' coach Raheem Morris said Wednesday afternoon.

Morris is right about that. In Tampa Bay's surprising 7-4 start, the Bucs have stayed true to their youth movement. When injuries or disciplinary issues have hit at other positions, they've turned to their own practice squad, the practice squads of other teams and the waiver wire. It's led to some positive results, particularly with LeGarrette Blount at running back.

The Bucs are hoping a young player can make a similar rise at safety, a position that has been depleted. It started early in the year when Tanard Jackson was suspended for a year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. It continued Sunday when rookie Cody Grimm, who had done a decent job as a starter, suffered a season-ending injury. Then, the Bucs went even younger Tuesday when they released underachieving former starter Sabby Piscitelli.

That leaves them with one certainty at safety. Sean Jones will start at one spot, but the other is wide open. The leading candidate could be Corey Lynch, who has been mostly a special-teams player. The Bucs also have Vince Anderson, who they promoted from the practice squad Tuesday and they also signed Larry Asante off Cleveland's practice squad.

Morris said he still is evaluating the young players and wasn't about to declare a starter. But Morris also has been giving veteran cornerback Ronde Barber some work at safety for several weeks. We don't know if Barber's reps have increased this week, but that would make some sense. Atlanta has tight end Tony Gonzalez and putting Barber on him, as a safety, might give the Bucs their best possible matchup there.

All Morris would say was that Barber could move to safety "a little bit."

Buccaneers stick to youth movement

November, 30, 2010
The thing I like best about what Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris have done this year is how they've embraced the team's youth movement and stayed firmly with it.

Gee, if John Fox had tried that, he might not be so far out the door in Carolina.

Anyway, the latest example of Tampa Bay's dedication to sticking with youth came Tuesday as the team announced a series of roster moves. It shouldn't really be this way, but the biggest one of the moves in the eyes of the Tampa Bay fan base is the team cutting fourth-year safety Sabby Piscitelli.

Yep, the Bucs cut a guy who never did much of anything and it's big news. That's partly because the Tampa Bay fan base, for reasons I could never figure out, long ago bought into the theory that Piscitelli was going to be the next John Lynch or at least the next Jermaine Phillips. He wasn't anywhere close to either.

The guy came out of college without a spectacular résumé and wasn't a first-round draft pick. Despite that, the Bucs gave him a lot of chances, probably far more than they should have. Maybe it was because Piscitelli looked the part. He had good size and could run a bit.

But the Bucs found out early on that Piscitelli had absolutely no ball skills, no intangibles and no instincts. At best, he's a guy you keep around on special teams to run downfield on kickoffs and punts. But even Piscitelli's tackling wasn't that good and it was a bit of a surprise when he made it out of training camp this year after griping about how he hadn't been given a chance to compete for a starting job.

The only real surprise here is that Piscitelli's release came on the same day the Bucs put rookie safety Cody Grimm on injured reserve. If nothing else, it looked like Grimm's injury was going to get Piscitelli some playing time the rest of the season.

But this is why I salute the Bucs. They knew Piscitelli had no future in Tampa Bay, so they pulled the plug and set up a situation where some guys who possibly could have futures in Tampa Bay will get a chance even though the team is in the playoff hunt. The Bucs promoted safety Vince Anderson and signed safety Larry Asante from Cleveland's practice squad. They'll throw those guys out there with Corey Lynch, another young safety, and see if someone rises up. If not, they'll likely have to find two safeties in the offseason because there is no guarantee Tanard Jackson will come back from a one-year suspension.

This approach shouldn't come as a total shock. All season long, Dominik and Morris have been trying methodically to upgrade their roster by wisely using their practice squad and the waiver wire. It's paid off with running back LeGarrette Blount being the prime example. It doesn't work in every case, but, if you come across a player here and there who can become a starter or at least a long-term role player, it's worth it.

In a few other moves that also fit this pattern, the Bucs placed guard Davin Joseph and defensive end Kyle Moore on injured reserve. They also promoted wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and guard Brandon Carter from their practice squad.

Buccaneers waive Clifton Smith

September, 5, 2010
There were earlier reports today that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had claimed offensive lineman Ted Larsen and running back Kregg Lumpkin off waivers.

The team just confirmed those moves and filled in the blanks on how the roster spots were created. The team waived running back/return man Clifton Smith and offensive tackle Derek Hardman. Although Smith made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2008, he ran into injury problems last season and struggled this preseason.

In other news, the Bucs announced safety Vince Anderson, defensive end George Johnson and tight end Ryan Purvis have been signed to the practice squad. All three of those players were cut in the final roster reduction.