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Buccaneers Release D.J. Moore, Sign Two New Camp Competitors

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The crowded cornerback position got a bit less crowded today.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have let go of veteran corner and former Lovie Smith understudy D.J. Moore, while signing undrafted rookie linebacker Jeremy Grable and veteran camp body offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

Moore's departure is the most surprising move of the three, but it may indicate the trust in the progress of the other corners on the depth chart. Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Rashaan Melvin and Deveron Carr return to provide experienced depth at defensive back, and based on today's move to let go of Moore, it's clear these players had an advantage on the former Bears defender.

Grable went undrafted in this year's NFL Draft, hailing from Valdosta State, where he played linebacker well enough to earn a Medal of Honor Bowl invite to show his stuff to pro scouts. This article on his invite to the bowl game highlights some of his special teams achievements, something he'll need to have any chance of making the Bucs' roster.

Shugarts is an Ohio State grad who has been out of college for a while, but has failed to stick with any NFL team for a full season, jumping around to different camps in search of a full-time gig. The 6'7" lineman has more than enough size for his position, but seems to be little more than added depth on a line filled with injuries.

The Bucs are currently at 89 players, according to Auman, meaning another addition before or during training camp is likely.