Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris Jones

Bucs bring back FB Spencer Larsen

September, 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Doug Martin averaged just 2.7 yards per carry in the season-opening loss to the New York Jets and it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t happy about that.

They signed fullback Spencer Larsen, who was with the team in training camp, on Tuesday and released defensive tackle Chris Jones.

Part of the reason Martin wasn’t able to get on track against the Jets was because fullback Erik Lorig missed the game with a calf injury. The Bucs sometimes used one of their tight ends at fullback and sometimes ran Martin out of a one-back set.

With the Bucs bringing back Larsen, I think that’s a sign that Lorig might not be ready to return yet.

Buccaneers bring back Gary Gibson

September, 3, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers originally went thin on defensive tackles. But they’re stocking back up that position.

They signed Gary Gibson on Tuesday. Gibson was released by the Bucs on Saturday when the team was carrying only three defensive tackles on its roster. The team later claimed Chris Jones off waivers from Houston. Jones and Gibson will compete for playing time behind Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence and Derek Landri.

To make room for Gibson, the Bucs placed cornerback Danny Gorrer on injured reserve, but designated him for return. Gorrer recently had groin surgery.

Buccaneers make roster moves

September, 1, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially appeared to be going thin at defensive tackle. But that changed Sunday afternoon.

The team announced it has claimed defensive tackle Chris Jones off waivers from Houston. The Bucs also claimed wide receiver Russell Shepard off waivers from Philadelphia. To make room for those two players, the Bucs released receiver Tiquan Underwood and waived linebacker Najee Goode.

The Bucs had been carrying just three defensive tackles on their original 53-man roster. But Jones gives the team some depth behind Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence and Derek Landri. Jones was drafted in the sixth round by Houston this year out of Bowling Green.

Shepard was an undrafted free agent. He played college ball at Louisiana State, where he spent time as a receiver, running back and quarterback.

The Bucs also announced they signed cornerback Deveron Carr, offensive lineman Jace Daniels, linebacker Ka’lial Glaud, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, tight end Danny Noble, receiver Chris Owusu and tackle Mike Remmers to the practice squad.