The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to cut seven players before tomorrow, 4 p.m. But which players will that be? They've already cut a few and put Anthony Gaitor and Michael Smith on injured. Identifying the next round of cuts doesn't need to be hard, though. Let's start with the easy ones: superfluous specialists.
The Buccaneers currently have three kickers, two punters and two longsnappers under contract. They may want to use the final preseason game to continue evaluating some longsnappers and kickers, but those are a lot of players to hang on to for relatively easy positions. Chas Henry isn't threatening Michael Koenen any time soon, so he's gone. And whether Rian Lindell gets cut or Lawrence Tynes gets placed on injured reserve, one of the two is almost certainly going to cease taking up a roster spot by Thursday.
First two: P Chas Henry, K Lawrence Tynes
Next come the players who didn't get any playing time in Saturday's game. It's important not to read too much into this, as the Bucs may be trying to hide a talented player to sneak him onto the practice squad, but a bunch of the non-injured absentees have already been released. Those that are still hanging around: WR Terriun Crump, guard Adam Smith and linebacker Dom Decicco. They're probably done.
Next three: WR Terriun Crump, G Adam Smith, LB Dom Decicco
Now we need to find just two more cuts. Which players haven't stood out in preseason so far, have not seen good reviews in training camp and got little playing time on special teams? DE Lazarius Levingston and Mason Robinson stood out to me. I'm sad to say that the best name is going to go, but it's what has to be done.
Final two: DE Lazarius Levingston, CB Mason Robinson
That leaves us with the following 75-man roster for the final preseason game. So, which 22 players get cut from that list?
|62||Larsen, Ted||C||4||North Carolina State|
|74||Wallace, Cody||C/G||2||Texas A&M|
|27||Banks, Johnthan||CB||R||Mississippi State|
|28||Melvin, Rashaan||CB||R||Northern Illinois|
|29||Johnson, Leonard||CB||2||Iowa State|
|33||Carr, Deveron||CB||R||Arizona State|
|36||Gorrer, Danny||CB||4||Texas A&M|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||R||Michigan State|
|90||Landri, Derek||DT||7||Notre Dame|
|66||Allen, Roger||G||4||Missouri Western State|
|4||Lindell, Rian||K||14||Washington State|
|51||Cutrera, Jacob||LB||4||Louisiana State|
|53||Goode, Najee||LB||2||West Virginia|
|56||Watson, Dekoda||LB||4||Florida State|
|57||Hayward, Adam||LB||7||Portland State|
|48||Economos, Andrew||LS||8||Georgia Tech|
|9||Koenen, Michael||P||9||Western Washington|
|5||Freeman, Josh||QB||5||Kansas State|
|8||Glennon, Mike||QB||R||North Carolina State|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||2||Boise State|
|25||James, Mike||RB||R||Miami (FL)|
|32||Baker, Sean||S||1||Ball State|
|35||Grimm, Cody||S||4||Virginia Tech|
|37||Tandy, Keith||S||2||West Virginia|
|60||Remmers, Mike||T||1||Oregon State|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||5||Southern Miss|
|70||Penn, Donald||T||8||Utah State|
|73||Daniels, Jace||T||R||Northern Michigan|
|79||Meredith, Jamon||T||5||South Carolina|
|84||Crabtree, Tom||TE||4||Miami (OH)|
|16||Denton, Chris||WR||R||Mount Union|
|83||Jackson, Vincent||WR||9||Northern Colorado|