The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran kicker Connor Barth and are going with unproven second-year player Patrick Murray.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released Connor Barth, Rick Stroud reports. This release is a little surprising, but it makes a lot of sense. As we've been saying for months, Connor Barth was overpaid as a kicker. He was set to earn $3.15 million this season, while he doesn't have the leg strength to handle kickoffs. In terms of accuracy, he's been a slightly above average kicker since signing with the Bucs in 2009.
Understandably, the Bucs prefer to pay second-year kicker Patrick Murray $420,000 to handle field goal duties. Helping Murray's cause is the fact that he does have the leg strength to consistently boom kickoffs through the endzone, although Michael Koenen will presumably continue to handle that role. Murray was flawless in preseason and looked good in training camp, hitting on every kick he was asked to make.
Barth is a bit of a cult hero in Tampa after hitting multiple last-minute field goals to seal wins over his five seasons with the Bucs, and when injury replacement Rian Lindell missed two crucial kicks last year, the calls for Barth to come back healthy only got louder. Ultimately, paying a kicker $3.15 million when you can play another quality kicker $420,000 simply isn't a good value proposition.
The Bucs have now released 14 players, and need to cut eight more before the deadline tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. ET.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced 12 roster cuts, including that of Jamon Meredith.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced the release of 12 players, all of which had been reported earlier by Greg Auman and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The one surprising cut in that group is Jamon Meredith.
Meredith was the most experienced backup on the offensive line, Meredith was set to earn the starting right guard job going into training camp, but quickly lost that to Patrick Omameh and was relegated to backup offensive tackle instead. His versatility could have saved his roster spot, but he was set to make $1,355,000 and had played poorly in recent weeks.
Instead, the Bucs will presumably go with rookie Kevin Pamphile as the top backup at the tackle spots, with newly-traded-for Logan Mankins capable of playing tackle as well. The rest of the offensive line is a bit murkier, but it seems likely that center Josh Allen and guards Kadeem Edwards and Rishaw Johnson make the final roster, too.
Here's the full list of announced cuts so far:
With the exception of Jamon Meredith, all of these players are eligible for the practice squad. In addition, Greg Auman reported that Larry English has also been released, but the Bucs have not confirmed that report.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going through their roster cuts in record tempo, having released 12 players so far, if reports are to be believed.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut defensive end Larry English and offensive linemen Edawn Coughman, Jeremiah Warren and Andrew Miller, according to Greg Auman, who's killing the reporting on these roster cuts. That makes for 12 total cuts today, after seven were unearthed earlier, and then Anthony Gaitor's release was added to that group. The Bucs have to trim 10 more players before 4:00 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon.
Larry English notched 2.5 sacks this preseason, but those were all fairly lucky and not necessarily the result of any great skill on his part. His release probably means that Scott Solomon has made the roster, and gives Da'Quan Bowers a little more job security as well -- although he was unlikely to be cut, anyway. With injuries to Gholston and Bowers, the Bucs may want to keep an extra defensive end or two in the short term, anyway.
The Bucs won't be completely done after the initial round of cuts, either. They're likely to add a couple of extra players off the waiver wire from other teams, too.
Pro Football Focus has put out their grades for the final week of the preseason. How did players on the roster bubble fare in their final effort to make the team?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already begun to release and waive players to reach the 53-man roster limit enforced on Saturday. They'll consider a player's body of work when deciding whether to keep him or not, and that includes Thursday night's loss to Washington.
Pro Football Focus has chimed in with their thoughts on how the Buccaneers backups performed in their final audition. Here are some of the highlights.
If Jeff Demps was on the roster bubble, his performance on Thursday night did not help his cause. The running back earned the lowest grade on offense with a -3.7, mainly losing points as a runner. He wasn't very effective, and did fumble the ball, which work against him in his effort to show he can provide solid depth at the position.
Josh Allen and Jamon Meredith also struggled, with the former allowing tow sacks, a hit and a hurry according to PFF. The latter didn't perform well as a run blocker, earning a -2.9 grade in only 18 snaps.
Gerald McCoy didn't play on Thursday night, but the Bucs still got dominant performances from their defensive tackles. Matthew Masifilo posted a McCoy-esque 4.5 grade, playing well against the run and pass. Akeem Spence turned in a solid night of work as well, especially against the run.
Keith Tandy stood out on tape against the run, and his PFF grade confirmed his activity in stopping Washington rushers. He did struggle in pass defense, however, and is still likely on the roster bubble.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their roster cuts today, and have released seven players so far.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their roster cuts by releasing cornerback Keith Lewis, linebacker Ka'lial Glaud and fullback Lonnie Pryor. You can now add cornerback Marc Anthony, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun (both via Greg Auman), linebacker Nate Askew and cornerback Kip Edwards to that list (per Rick Stroud).
That makes for seven players released so far, meaning the Bucs have to cut another 13 players before 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. All of the players released so far are eligible for the practice squad, and the Bucs are likely to try to get at least Keith Lewis, Ka'lial Glaud and Nate Askew on there. The practice squad has a 10-player limit this year.
Cutting both Glaud and Askew leaves the Bucs with just five linebackers on the roster, with Danny Lansanah and Dane Fletcher as the main backups behind a starting lineup of Lavonte David, Mason Foster and Jonathan Casillas. The Bucs could always add another linebacker by picking up some players off the waiver wire, but given the rise of the nickel defense and their injuries at cornerback and safety, they may prefer to hang on to an extra safety or slot cornerback instead.
The first roster cuts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in, with Keith Lewis, Ka'lial Glaud and Lonnie Pryor as the initial casualties.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut two players to start the process of getting down to a 53-man roster. According to Greg Auman, cornerback Keith Lewis, linebacker Ka'lial Glaud and fullback Lonnie Pryor were all released today. Lewis was an undrafted rookie out of Virginia-Lynchburg, while Lonnie Pryor was a local favorite signed late last year. Glaud was an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers last year who spent 7 games on the roster primarily as a special teams player.
Lewis actually recorded an interception yesterday, but that wasn't enough to keep him on the roster. Lonnie Pryor lost the battle at the fullback position to Jorvorskie Lane, a competition he never really threatened to win. All three players are still eligible for the practice squad.
The Bucs have to cut 19 more players before Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET to finish their initial round of roster cuts. And then they'll continue to tweak the bottom of the roster as they get the opportunity to claim waiver wire players they like, and add some of their own cuts and other players to the practice squad.
You can follow all of today's roster moves in our Roster Cuts Story Stream.
The Buccaneers will start the process of releasing and waiving players on Friday to get down to the final 53. Here's our final prediction of how the roster will look.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are just over a week away from their first regular season game in 2014, so before that can happen, Jason Licht and Lovie Smith need to finalize a 53-man roster.
And with releases, injured reserve placements and possibly even trades bound to happen all weekend, here's one final prediction of which current Buccaneers are most likely to make the roster. Keep in mind that even once the 53-man roster is named, other changes can still occur, and the Bucs may sign outside players at any time during this process.
|QB||Josh McCown||Mike Glennon|
|RB||Doug Martin||Bobby Rainey||Charles Sims||Mike James|
|WR||Vincent Jackson||Chris Owusu||Robert Herron|
|WR||Mike Evans||Louis Murphy||Solomon Patton|
|TE||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Luke Stocker||Brandon Myers|
|OT||Anthony Collins||Demar Dotson||Kevin Pamphile||Jamon Meredith|
|OG||Logan Mankins||Patrick Omameh||Rishaw Johnson||Kadeem Edwards|
|DE||Michael Johnson||Steven Means|
|DE||Adrian Clayborn||William Gholston|
|DT||Gerald McCoy||Da'Quan Bowers|
|DT||Clinton McDonald||Akeem Spence|
|LB||Lavonte David||Ka'Lial Glaud|
|LB||Mason Foster||Danny Lansanah|
|LB||Jonathan Casillas||Dane Fletcher|
|CB||Alterraun Verner||Mike Jenkins||Anthony Gaitor|
|CB||Johnthan Banks||Rashaan Melvin|
|S||Mark Barron||Bradley McDougald||Keith Tandy|
|S||Dashon Goldson||Major Wright|
Stay tuned to Bucs Nation all day as we bring you up-to-the-minute news on which players have been released.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' snap counts tell us a little something about position battles, but not that much.
In yesterday's game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave a lot of playing time to a lot of people who won't be on the roster by Sunday. And most of the players who will be on the roster didn't see the field at all, or only for a handful of snaps.
I'm not sure what we can tell from these statistics, given that most of these players are backups anyway. The few players who are likely to see time with the first team only got a handful of snaps. But the special teams participation may be most important.
Russell Shepard, Ka'Lial Glaud, Larry English, Steven Means and Nate Askew stand out in terms of special teams snaps. Of those players, Means is the only one who's almost certain to make the roster. Askew is a good practice squad candidate, while Glaud probably loses out to Danny Lansanah at linebacker. Larry English' place on the roster is still uncertain, but his ability to play on special teams can only help him.
What interests me is that center Josh Allen, tackle Kevin Pamphile and cornerback Marc Antony played the entire game, with Anthony mostly playing safety. It seems unlikely Allen and Anthony even make the roster, but Pamphile has a shot -- if only because he has the advantage of being a draft pick.
|Player||OFF snaps||DEF snaps||ST snaps|