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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cutdown analysis

September, 3, 2011
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Check here for a complete list of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster moves.

Surprise move: Perhaps the biggest surprise came Friday when the Buccaneers released middle linebacker Tyrone McKenzie. He came to training camp with an apparent shot to win the starting job after the Bucs let Barrett Ruud walk in free agency. McKenzie had helped organize players-only workouts during the lockout and ran the defense during that time.

But the fact the Bucs released him shows they’re more than content to go with rookie Mason Foster as their middle linebacker. He’ll start off as a two-down player, and outside linebacker Quincy Black, who will be an every-down player, will wear the radio helmet and call the defensive signals at least at the start of the season. But it looks like the Bucs have total confidence in Foster. Adam Hayward, who can play outside or inside and on special teams, probably will be Foster’s backup.

A few other pleasant surprises who made the roster were cornerback D.J. Johnson, defensive end George Johnson and safety Devin Holland.

No-brainers: Like a lot of other teams, the Bucs decided to go with just two quarterbacks, waiving Rudy Carpenter. They may try to bring Carpenter back to the practice squad. But the fact they’re willing to expose him to waivers tells you all you really need to know about how the Bucs view Carpenter. He’s a smart guy who knows the system, but he has no upside because he lacks arm strength. If the Bucs truly thought Carpenter could become a No. 2 quarterback, they would have kept him around because backup Josh Johnson can become a free agent next year. Johnson probably will move on because he knows there’s no chance of starting as long as Josh Freeman is around.

What's next: General manager Mark Dominik isn’t likely to be plucking the waiver wire as much as he did last season. But he’ll keep his eyes open, and you could see a move or two. Don’t be surprised if the Bucs bring in a running back, particularly one who fits the profile of a third-down back. Veteran Earnest Graham can fill that role, if needed, but the Bucs also like to use him at fullback.

Bucs announce undrafted rookies

July, 27, 2011
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It already had been reported that the Bucs had agreed to contract terms with rookies Adrian Clayborn, Mason Foster and Daniel Hardy. You can add second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers to that list. The team just put out a press release officially announcing those four moves.

The Bucs also announced their list of undrafted free agents who have agreed to terms. Here it is.
  • RB Armando Allen Jr., Notre Dame
  • C Matt Allen, Texas A&M
  • T Quintin Borders, Union College (KY)
  • T Cory Brandon, Oklahoma
  • QB Mike Coughlin, Boise State
  • LS Aaron Feld, Mississippi State
  • LB Brandon Heath, Louisville
  • S Devin Holland, McNeese State (LA)
  • K Josh Jasper, LSU
  • WR Detron Lewis, Texas Tech
  • RB Mossis Madu, Oklahoma
  • LB Nick Reveiz, Tennessee
  • WR Jock Sanders, West Virginia
  • LB Derrell Smith, Syracuse
  • WR Raymond Webber, Arkansas - Pine Bluff
  • LS Christian Yount, UCLA

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