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Buccaneers make some roster moves, but should they make a trade ahead of the deadline?

The Locked On Bucs Podcast discusses the release of Jaydon Mickens and discusses if trading a tight end for secondary help is worth it

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some roster moves on Monday, releasing wide receiver and return specialist Jaydon Mickens which can mean only one thing - it’s Jaelon Darden time. In addition to the release of Mickens, the Bucs activated offensive lineman John Molchon. There were also some practice squad moves, with the Buccaneers releasing outside linebacker Elijah Ponder and signing long time cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons. Wreh-Wilson will likely get a crash course in the defense in case the Bucs have to call on him to join the active roster, given all the injuries they’re dealing

There are some questions circulating among Buccaneers fans at the moment, like what the bigger problem for the Bucs is right now - penalties or injuries. We’ve talked non-stop about the injury problems, but the Bucs are among the NFL’s worst in penalties, being called for the second most in the league while having the most penalty yards of any team. Then again, is one affecting the other?

The other annual question is whether or not O.J. Howard should be dealt - especially now, coming off a solid performance in week six - for some help in the secondary. Or is it time to start talking about trading Cameron Brate?

As Bruce Arians' time as Head Coach gets shorter and shorter - and with turmoil going on in places like Las Vegas and Chicago - is it a wise decision to ensure that either Byron Leftwich or Todd Bowles know that they are the appointed successor for the head coaching job? And just how public should that decision be, if it can be public at all?

Finally, it’s never too early to start talking mock drafts, right? Of course not! That’s why they call it Mocktober! There are some NFL mock drafts floating around so we thought it would be fun to see what positions the NFL Draft folks are starting to look towards for the Buccaneers through six weeks of the NFL season.

All this and more on the latest episode of the Locked On Bucs Podcast which you can check out in the player below or by clicking here. While you're there, please subscribe to the channel for all our Bucs related content.