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Buccaneers release eight players, including Gerod Holliman, Andre Davis

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released eight players ahead of the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Why the Bucs released these players now rather than after the draft is a bit of a mystery, though these roster spots should quickly be filled by draft picks and undrafted free agents.

The Bucs released wide receiver Andre Davis, linebacker Darius Eubanks, guard Antoine Everett, safety Gerod Holliman, defensive tackle Derrick Lott, safety Kimario McFadden, linebacker Jermauria Rasco and cornerback C.J. Roberts. None of these players were likely to make the 53-man roster, or even arguably lost through training camp.

The Bucs just finished their minicamp, the first time the new defensive coaching staff got to work with this roster, so apparently these players didn't do too well there. The defensive coaching staff not seeing anything they like in these players would also explain why six of the eight released players are defensive guys.