Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tracking Players Dropped from 2011 Roster
It's officially time for managers and coaches to dwindle down their current rosters, and there is only one way of doing that—making cuts.
The Buccaneers have to cut their current 80-man roster down to 53 by Saturday night, meaning 27 Buccaneers have to go in the next four days.
10 Buccaneer players have already been cut from the roster, with many more to come—and I'll be here updating the cuts as they happen.
Without further ado, here's the list of current cuts for the Buccaneers.
Some Tampa Bay fans wanted receiver Ed Gant to make the final 53 man roster after is 123 yard receiving night in the Buccaneers' last preseason game, though one night was not enough for Gant.
Safety Ahmad Black never really had a chance to show the Tampa Bay organization what he could bring to the field as he was battling injury during training camp and the preseason.
Black could find himself on the Buccaneers' practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Buccaneers simply have better options as of now at the tight end position.
The Buccaneers have elected to part ways with quarterback Rudy Carpenter, though it appears he will be signed to the practice squad assuming he clears waivers.
Former fourth round pick Kyle Moore's time as a Buccaneer has officially come to a close.
Moore failed to ever make a significant impact on the defensive line for the Bucs' and with the additions of Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers—Moore was out of time to make his mark.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are four deep at defensive tackle which was going to make it tough for the former first round pick, John McCargo, to make the team.
McCargo played well against the Washington Redskins Thursday night but the fact of the matter is the Buccaneers really don't have a need for him.
Hearing linebacker Tyrone McKenzie was released by the Buccaneers is by far the biggest shocker of any Tampa Bay cuts to this point.
McKenzie was said to have been in a heated competition with rookie Mason Foster to fill the starting void left by middle linebacker Barrett Rudd. Foster was eventually named the starter but McKenzie looked like to be a solid backup at the very least.
Maybe Tampa Bay is banking on a linebacker from a another team being released, but this has to come as somewhat of a surprise to Buccaneer fans.
Youboty's days as a Buccaneer ended about as quickly as they started. Youboty signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay on Aug.15, only to be cut 14 days later.
If anyone was expecting Youboty to bolster up the secondary, they were badly wrong.
Cornerback Vince Anderson played in three NFL games as a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, recording one combined tackle in those games. The Buccaneers just have better young options at the cornerback position.
Aundrea Allison was one of two receivers to be cut so far. Allison is entering his third year in the NFL, having played in 26 NFL games.
Rookie tight end Colin Franklin had a good collegiate career at Iowa state, but the Buccaneers have better options at the position.
With Franklin's 6'6", 245-pound frame and a respectable 4.69 forty time, one would think he has a good shot in the future of making an NFL roster.
Defensive end Brandon Gilbeaux has been around for a couple of seasons but has not yet made an NFL team, and as of right now he still hasn't.
Detron Lewis totaled nearly 3,000 yards receiving during his four years at Texas Tech, though he was still one of the first 10 players cut by the Buccaneers.
Punter Robert Malone stood no chance when Tampa Bay brought in Michael Koenen via free agency and gave him $19 million.
If only receiver Jock Sanders were just a tad taller.
At 5'5'' and only 175 pounds, Sanders is the guy you want to see succeed but at the end of the day he's just too short for the NFL.
Rookie fullback Rendrick Taylor looks massive without a shirt, and he averaged at least over 10 and 12 yards per carry for two years at Clemson.
Taylor will have to continue to work to try and make an NFL roster or practice squad, which I hope he does.
Brandon Carter was the first offensive linemen to be cut by the Buccaneers. Not much else to report here.