Earlier this week, Greg Auman of The Athletic reported in a tweet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were working out and testing veteran defensive lineman Kyle Love. Then, on Sunday, Love was seen working out with the team, leading to a confirmation by Auman the Bucs had indeed added some defensive line help to the roster.
Bucs officially signed former Patriots and Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love today, per the league’s daily transactions release. No corresponding move was made.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 16, 2020
According to my count, as of the time of Auman’s report, the Bucs now have 80 players on their training camp roster including safety Justin Evans who is on the team’s physically unable to perform - or PUP - list.
As team’s are not required to go too far in depth with injuries at this stage of the league year, many are wondering if there’s a realistic chance Tampa Bay will get Evans onto the field in 2020.
Adding Love gives the Bucs’ defensive front a much-needed boost in experience as he joins Ndamukong Suh as the only members of the group currently over the age of thirty.
Of course, Suh along with Vita Vea and William Gholston are considered to be the locks to make the team’s roster up front. Joining Love in fighting for the remaining coveted roster spots are rookies Khalil Davis (Nebraska) and Benning Potoa’e (Washington) along with Jeremiah Ledbetter, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, and Patrick O’Connor.
An interesting, and needed, addition for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they continue to sort out just who and won’t be on the roster when they face the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL Season. Now, less than one month away.