The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will whittle down their roster to 53 players over the next two days, with the deadline being 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. Some of those decisions have already been made for them via injuries suffered last night, including to Larry English and Garrett Gilkey. Others are easy given the quality gap, and only a few will be truly tough decisions.
Those tough decisions are most likely to come at wide receiver and in the defensive backfield. The Bucs have three undrafted rookie receivers who looked decent this preseason, but they may not even keep one of them. And at safety and cornerback the team will have to cut one or more capable players -- will Mike Jenkins, Sterling Moore and Keith Tandy make the roster?
The tracker is below.
Tracking the roster cuts
5:52 p.m.: Another four cuts: Kicker Patrick Murray was waived-injured, guard/tackle Patrick Omameh waived, receiver Tavarres King was waived as was safety Chris Hackett. The only minor surprise there is Omameh, but even that was pretty much expected. All of that per Greg Auman.
4:06 p.m.: The Bucs are working out some pass-rushers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out my recently released clients Andrew Hudson (DE, Bills) & Cameron Gordon (OLB, Patriots) today.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) September 4, 2015
2:50 p.m.: Kenny Bell is heading to injured reserve with his hamstring injury. That escalated quickly.
12:29 p.m.: Looks like the Falcons traded for guard Andy Levitre.
Noon: Seth Lobato was cut, per Greg Auman. He'll likely be signed to the practice squad if he makes it through waivers.
11:48 a.m.: Cornerback Brandon Dixon has also been cut, he says on Twitter.
Thanks to the Whole Tampa Bay Organization for giving me an opportunity ... Time to move on and continue the Dream— #1 BrandonDixon (@BDixs1) September 4, 2015
10:51 a.m.: Mike Garafolo reports Da'Quan Bowers will be cut, too. That means William Gholston probably makes the roster, and Tony McDaniel certainly does.
Thanks to the fans who have supported me for the past few years.. Good luck to my brothers and buc nation go get em....#BUC4LIFE— Da'Quan Bowers (@DaQuanBowers91) September 4, 2015
10:10 a.m.: Linebacker Larry Dean will also be cut, according to Aaron Wilson. Expect the Bucs to carry only five linebackers into the regular season.
9:49 a.m.: Linebacker Khaseem Greene is the first casualty of the day, despite a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown last night, Greg Auman reports. Greene had two big impact plays this preseason, but Jason Williams has a bigger impact on special teams, and that's usually decisive on the roster bubble. This probably means the Bucs keep only five linebackers.