NFL Roster Cuts: Ahmad Black Could Be Cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Basil SpyridakosContributor IIIAugust 30, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 04:  Safety Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators runs after making an interception against the Miami University RedHawks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Ahmad Black has barely played this preseason and chances are slim he sees the field in the final preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Black suffered a high ankle sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs and has been nursing the injury ever since.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, head coach Raheem Morris would like to see Black play against the Redskins. However, he knows it will be tough for him to make the squad, especially with Larry Asante and Corey Lynch playing well during the preseason.

The former University of Florida Gator and Lakeland High School stand-out caught Morris' eye at the start of training camp. Early on, many believed Black was going to win the backup safety job. With Morris' history of developing low-round cornerbacks and safeties, Black was seen to have the potential to take over as one of the starting safeties in two or three seasons.

If Black doesn't play against the Redskins this Thursday, there's no way the Buccaneers can possibly keep him on the roster. Making a splash during practice is one thing, but the coaches need to evaluate how Black competes at the NFL level with player's much bigger, faster and stronger than anything he has seen while playing for the Gators.

While Black has fazed out the criticism and continues to work hard, the uphill battle may be too much for the young rookie to handle.