The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting an early start on their roster cuts as they've announced they're waiving ten players today. The most prominent name on the list is Joey Iosefa, the Bucs' seventh-round pick who failed to impress in preseason. That likely means that Jorvorskie Lane has the fullback spot locked up.
The Bucs also waived punter Karl Schmitz. He was competing with Jacob Schum and Michael Koenen, but Schmitz never really looked better than Koenen while Schum had a very good night against the Cleveland Browns, averaging 51.3 yards per punt. Intriguingly, Koenen was not asked to punt last night -- the Bucs used that game solely to eliminate one of Schmitz and Schum, it seems.
The other players the Bucs waived are running back Dominique Brown, offensive lineman Antoine Everett, newly-signed longsnapper Brandon Hartson, safety Kimario McFadden, cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz, defensive tackle Quarshawne Backley and defensive ends George Uko and Jamal Young. The fact that the Bucs waived three defensive linemen is intriguing given the wide-open nature of the position. It likely means that they'll give the main backups a lot of playing time against the Miami Dolphins.
The team has to waive five more players before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday to finish their of roster cuts down to a 75-man roster for Thursday's final preseason game. They'll have to make 22 more cuts before Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET to get down to a 53-man roster for the regular season.