Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen

TAMPA, Fla. -- Perhaps the most positive sight of Wednesday’s open locker room for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the presence of center Evan Dietrich-Smith showing up at his locker.

Dietrich-Smith missed Sunday’s 14-13 loss to Cincinnati due to flu-like symptoms. In a classic case of not knowing what you have until it’s gone, Dietrich-Smith’s absence turned out to be very costly for the Bucs.

Replacement Garrett Gilkey was called for four penalties and had two errant snaps in the shotgun formation. But the good news is that Gilkey’s stint as the starting center was only one game.

Dietrich-Smith said he is healthy again after being sick for a full week.

“I’m good," Dietrich-Smith said. “I’m doing better. I’m alive. Nobody really saw me for the past week, but I’m good. I’ll be all right."

Dietrich-Smith said he fully expects to play in Sunday’s game at Detroit.

“Definitely," he said. “I’m here. I’ll be all right. I’ll be out there."

Dietrich-Smith said sitting out the Cincinnati game was difficult.

“I definitely felt like I could have helped if I played," he said. “But I was really in no way, shape or form able to do that. Physically, it wasn’t going to happen. I really couldn’t help anybody last week, except for myself getting in and out of bed."

Gilkey’s performance has drawn outrage from fans because he had never played center in a game at any level. Gilkey normally plays guard. But quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who is the acting offensive coordinator, defended the decision to start Gilkey. The Bucs had promoted Josh Allen, who has played center in the past, from the practice squad but elected not to play him.

“Garrett had been working that position at center as a backup since we’ve been here and since we’ve had him," Arroyo said. “Going into that game, he was the guy to go in and do it. Not the way maybe he wanted it to go. It’s unfortunate we had some of those things. I think anyone on our roster can look back on their first start, coaches included, and say I wish I had something back. I think that he understands what things can hurt us. Whoever you pick to play that position really is going to be in-house. Our decision to go with Garrett was we’ve had camp with him and what he’s done."
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a series of roster moves Sunday, including the addition of an offensive lineman and six players signed to the practice squad.

The Bucs claimed offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Gilkey appeared in six games with one start for the Browns last season. To make room for Gilkey, the Bucs waived offensive lineman Josh Allen.

The Bucs also started filling out their practice squad with some familiar faces. Tight end Cameron Brate, running back Jeff Demps, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and wide receiver Solomon Patton were signed to the practice squad. All six of those players were with the Bucs in the preseason.

The Bucs still have four more spots to fill on the practice squad.

Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 9

August, 4, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp:
  • The Bucs continue to experiment with their defensive linemen. They've been giving defensive end Adrian Clayborn some work at defensive tackle. “He's been taking reps all throughout,'' coach Lovie Smith said. “We want to see what players can do. Sometimes a defensive end is a lot quicker and you can get him inside and get a lot of plays when they get against some of the bigger, slower interior lineman. We're a new staff and we want to give guys a chance to show what they can do at as many positions as possible.''
  • The Buccaneers worked on something they didn't have a chance to do much of last season Monday night. They worked on having a lead late in the game. The offense worked on running out the clock. At the same time, the defense worked on trying to get the ball back.
  • Linebacker Brandon Magee drew the wrath of wide Vincent Jackson. Magee hit running back Mike James after he was clearly out of bounds. Jackson, a captain last year, got in Magee's face and gave him an earful.
  • With Verner and Jenkins out, Danny Gorrer has been getting a lot of first-team work at cornerback. Gorrer also is a candidate for the nickelback job.
  • The play of the day was a pass that Josh McCown drilled to Vincent Jackson in traffic.
  • The Bucs waived wide receiver David Gettis with an injury settlement and signed former University of South Florida safety Mark Joyce.
  • The Bucs are scheduled to practice at 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.
I just got a look at the list of signing bonuses the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave to their undrafted rookie free agents, and it’s pretty enlightening.

Apparently, the Bucs think defensive end Chaz Sutton, offensive tackle Matt Patchan and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings have the best chance of making the roster. Those three rookies received the highest signing bonuses from the Bucs.

Sutton led the way with a $15,000 signing bonus. Patchan was next at $14,850 and Cummings was third with a $10,000 bonus.

The rest of the signing bonuses are as follows: receiver Solomon Patton $9,000, linebacker Nate Askew $7,500, offensive lineman Josh Allen $5,000, receiver Aaron Burks $5,000, guard Andrew Miller $5,000, cornerback Keith Lewis $3,000, and safety Mycal Swaim $3,000.

Quarterback Brett Smith, who already has been released, received a $3,000 signing bonus.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a rookie quarterback after all.

After passing on quarterbacks throughout the draft, the team has signed Wyoming’s Brett Smith as an undrafted free agent. Smith will compete with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot behind Josh McCown and Mike Glennon

The other undrafted free agents signed by the Bucs include center Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe), linebacker Nate Askew (Texas A&M), wide receiver Aaron Burks (Boise State), defensive tackle Euclid Cummings (Georgia Tech), cornerback Keith Lewis (Virginia-Lynchburg), guard Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech), tackle Matt Patchan (Boston College), wide receiver Solomon Patton (Florida), defensive end Chaz Sutton (South Carolina) and safety Mycal Swaim (Eastern Michigan).