Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Kafka

Buccaneers release QB Mike Kafka

October, 27, 2014
10/27/14
6:15
PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. -- In the latest sign that Josh McCown's right thumb is fully healthy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released backup quarterback Mike Kafka.

Kafka
McCown had been out since suffering the injury in Week 3 and Kafka had served as the backup to Mike Glennon. But McCown returned and was on the active roster as a backup during Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.

Kafka began the season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad but was promoted after McCown’s injury. If Kafka clears waivers, there’s a good chance the Bucs will bring him back to the practice squad.

In other news from the practice squad, the Bucs released wide receiver Eric Page and placed cornerback Derrius Brooks on injured reserve.
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.
Most significant move: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a leap of faith when they released kicker Connor Barth and decided to go with Patrick Murray. Barth was a proven veteran. Murray is an unknown. But Murray had an excellent preseason to win the job. Barth didn’t look quite as sharp and didn’t seem to have as much distance as he did before missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Barth also was scheduled to make more than $3 million this season. Murray will only cost the team $420,000.

Not so fast: A lot of people were under the assumption running back Jeff Demps would make the roster because the Bucs were so infatuated with his speed. But Demps was released Saturday. The former Olympic sprinter was given every opportunity as a running back and a return man, but he never was able to make things happen in space. Still, Demps has rare speed and the Bucs likely will try to get him signed to the practice squad, where he might be able to develop into something.

What’s next: The Bucs likely aren’t done with roster moves. They’re likely to bring in some players who were released elsewhere. Depth at linebacker, safety and on the offensive line still could be priorities.

Bucs’ cuts: Released WR Solomon Patton, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Ronald Talley, K Connor Barth, TE Cameron Brate, DE Larry English, G Jamon Meredith, DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, T Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, LB Brandon Magee, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, DL Ronald Talley, S Major Wright and OL Jeremiah Warren.

Despite the high hopes that came with new coach Lovie Smith, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't very impressive in their preseason debut.

They lost 16-10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars and didn't look sharp in the process. The offense couldn't get much going. The defense played well but allowed Denard Robinson to run for a 23-yard touchdown that gave Jacksonville its final lead. There were penalties and turnovers by the Buccaneers. It was only the first preseason game, but a team coached by Smith has to be much sharper.

Here are some other thoughts on the Bucs' first preseason game of the year:
  • Starting quarterback Josh McCown did not have a great start. He had an interception returned for a touchdown and also lost a fumble and had another that he recovered. He didn't get any help from his offensive line and had to deal with consistent pressure. He completed two of four passes for 20 yards.
  • There has been concern about the offensive line, particularly the guards. It looks like those concerns are legitimate. The first-team offensive line struggled during its playing time.
  • The turnovers, sacks and penalties were disappointing, especially from a team that doesn't have much margin for error.
  • Defensive end Steven Means is probably ticketed for a backup role. But Means was one of the bright spots in the first half, recording a sack and two tackles for a loss.
  • Backup quarterback Mike Glennon (11 of 19 for 140 yards) got more playing time than McCown -- and fared better. Glennon threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to receiver Tommy Streeter, who has been having a nice training camp.
  • Third-string quarterback Mike Kafka had a nice pass to rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but it was wiped out by a penalty on the offensive line.

Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 7

August, 1, 2014
8/01/14
10:38
PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp:
  • Early in camp, the defense clearly was ahead of the offense. That’s not the case anymore. The offense had a good showing at Friday night’s practice at Raymond James Stadium. The first- and second-team offenses each drove for successful field goals in the two-minute drill. “It’s about scoring points, and that’s what the offense was able to do," coach Lovie Smith said. “Somebody can’t look good in that situation. Most games come down to that two-minute drive at the end of the game. (Quarterbacks) Josh [McCown] and Mike [Glennon] both did a great job with us."
  • Many fans had to be pleasantly surprised by their first look at coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense. It didn’t look nearly as conservative as what the Bucs have run in recent years. The play of the night was a trick play. Running back Mike James took a pitchout and threw a touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson. The deep passing game also looked good, with Chris Owusu catching a long touchdown from Glennon in an 11-on-11 drill.
  • Center Evan Dietrich-Smith missed practice with a foot injury, and his absence was obvious. The one blemish for the offense was that three snaps between center and quarterback were botched. “One time on the ground is too many," Smith said.
  • The practice drew just under 15,000 fans, according team officials. “It’s a fanbase that deserves to see a good football team on the field, and we plan on giving them that," Smith said.
  • The Buccaneers have the day off from practice Saturday. Smith and many team employees will travel to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, to attend the induction ceremony for Derrick Brooks. The team will return to practice Sunday at 4:30 p.m. “All week, I’ve been thinking about Derrrick going in," Smith said. “I can’t wait to get up there tomorrow. A special day for him. You know Derrick Brooks. Who deserves to be in the Hall more than him? It’s a special time for his family, and we can’t wait to get there.’’

Bucs make roster moves

May, 21, 2014
5/21/14
11:02
AM ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shook up the bottom of their roster Wednesday morning, signing four players and releasing three.

The Bucs signed tight end Cameron Brate, wide receiver Quintin Payton, quarterback Alex Tanney and tight end Ian Thompson. The Bucs waived defensive lineman David Hunter, punter Jacob Schum and quarterback Brett Smith.

Since he’s a quarterback Tanney is the most intriguing of the new additions. Tanney has spent time with Kansas City, Dallas and Cleveland. In college at Division III Monmouth, Tanney set the NCAA record for all-time career touchdown passes with 157.

Tanney will have a chance to compete with Mike Kafka for the third quarterback spot. Josh McCown is locked in as the starter and Mike Glennon is the top backup.
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).

Bucs add QB Mike Kafka to mix

February, 10, 2014
2/10/14
3:05
PM ET
It’s not the big move many are hoping will come in free agency or the draft, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added a quarterback.

The Bucs have signed Mike Kafka, agent Mike McCartney said via Twitter.

Kafka was a fourth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2010 and spent two seasons as a backup with the Eagles. Kafka was out of the NFL last season after being released by Jacksonville.

Kafka, 26, has appeared in four NFL games and attempted 16 passes. Kafka isn’t a threat to beat out Mike Glennon for the starting job. Dan Orlovsky, last year’s backup, is scheduled to become a free agent and the Bucs could bring in someone to compete with Glennon. Kafka is likely to compete for the third quarterback spot. In other transactions, the Bucs announced they have released quarterback Jordan Rodgers, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, defensive tackle Derek Landri and running back Michael Hill.

SPONSORED HEADLINES