JACKSONVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 02: John Parker Wilson #4 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts a pass while pressured by Jacob Cutrera #58 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a preseason game at EverBank Field on September 2 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an extra roster spot with special teams demon Devin Holland being placed on Injured Reserve. Surprisingly they did not elect to fill this spot with another safety, like practice-squadder Ahmad Black. Instead, they signed second-year linebacker Jacob Cutrera from the Jacksonville practice squad. Cutrera was an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played college football at Louisiana State.
Cutrera played 8 games last season, starting none and playing almost exclusively special teams. The Jaguars signed about three dozen linebackers this offseason, so he didn't make the roster and was instead signed to the practice squad.
Given the article up on the Bucs' site, they're counting on him to improve a coverage unit that looked overwhelmed against Ted Ginn and without Devin Holland. Prior to Sunday's game, punt and kick coverage for the Buccaneers had been spectacular, helped by punter/kickoff specialist Michael Koenen's excellent performance. The Bucs could also use some linebacker depth, as both Quincy Black and Zac Diles are injured, leaving them with just four healthy linebackers besides Jacob Cutrera.
And in an unrelated note, the Tampa Bay area lost its bid to host the 2015 Super Bowl to Arizona. This is the second year in a row the Tampa Bay area came in second, as they lost to New York last year. The last time the Super Bowl was played in Tampa was in 2009, when the Steelers beat the Cardinals. Arizona last hosted a Super Bowl in 2008.