Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rumors & News

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/13/16

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Atlanta Falcons

  • Signed: RB Blake Sims (link via Matt Zenitz of AL.com)
  • Cut: RB Gus Johnson (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: WR Marquis Bundy (via team announcement)
  • Cut: WR Chris Hubert (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts:

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Cut: WR Shaq Evans (Twitter link via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com)

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

  • Signed: OT Takoby Cofield (Twitter link via reps at Precision Sports)
  • Cut: LB Jason Fanaika (Twitter link via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com)

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

  • Signed: QB Alex Tanney (Twitter link via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com)
  • Cut: OL Ronald Patrick

Washington Redskins

Buccaneers To Sign Jacquizz Rodgers

The Buccaneers will sign running back Jacquizz Rodgers to a one-year deal today, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Rodgers auditioned for Tampa Bay last week. Jacquizz Rodgers (Vertical)

Rodgers, 26, is typically regarded as a strong pass protector (and therefore a solid third down back), and could provide some depth behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Rodgers also offers familiarity with Tampa head coach Dirk Koetter thanks to his time in Atlanta.

Rodgers totaled 41 yards on 14 carries for Chicago last season. He spent 2014 in Atlanta and rushed for over 1,100 yards and five touchdowns. In March, he re-signed with the Bears but he did not make the cut when the team trimmed down to 53.

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Buccaneers Reach Settlement With Kivon Cartwright

  • The following players have been released from their respective teams’ injured reserve list with an injury settlement (all Twitter links via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle unless noted): Buccaneers TE Kivon Cartwright (link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times), Cardinals LB Tristan Okpalaugo (link), Colts CB D’Joun Smith (link), Jets WR Kenbrell Thompkins (link), Giants T Jake Rodgers (link), Packers C Kyle Steuck (link), Texans C Dalton Freeman (link via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com).

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/12/16

Here are Monday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: CB Trevon Hartfield (Twitter link via Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910)
  • Cut: QB Aaron Murray

Buffalo Bills

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: TE Alan Cross (Twitter link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times)

Buccaneers Place Jacquies Smith On IR

The Buccaneers have placed defensive end Jacquies Smith on injured reserve after he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s opener against the Falcons, the club announced today. Smith will miss the entirety of the season and will not be candidate to return from IR.Jacquies Smith (Vertical)

[RELATED: Bucs Work Out Jacquizz Rodgers]

Smith, 26, was the only Tampa Bay defensive end with more than five sacks in 2015. Over the past two seasons, Smith had posted 13.5 quarterback takedowns while appearing in 23 games (18 starts). Although he’s more of a rotational player, Smith’s absence is a blow to the Buccaneers’ depth, and the club will now have to more heavily rely on second-round pick Noah Spence.

“He’s a guy who’s a starter in our nickel package and a key contributor,” said head coach Dirk Koetter. “It’s going to be tough. We’ve got to pick up the slack in other areas. Some guys have to play more snaps than they might have played before. We’re going to be tested on our depth. Any time you lose a key guy like that it’s going to be some mixing and matching.”

The Bucs now have an open spot on their 53-man roster, but the team has yet to announce how it will fill the vacancy. Notably, Tampa does not currently have a defensive lineman on its practice squad.

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Bucs Promote Keyes To Active Roster

  • The Buccaneers have cut linebacker Micah Awe from their practice squad, reports Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Awe’s removal opens a spot for fullback Dan Vitale, who was added to the taxi squad yesterday.
  • The Buccaneers promoted linebacker Josh Keyes to their 53-man roster, Roy Cummings of FanRag Sports reports (on Twitter). Keyes played in seven games last season for the Bucs. To make room for Keyes, the Bucs waived tight end Alan Cross, per Cummings (Twitter link).

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/9/16

Here are Friday’s practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Detroit Lions

  • Signed: OL Chase Farris (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein)
  • Cut: RB George Winn

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Signed: LB Earl Okine (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)
  • Cut: DB Julian Wilson

New Orleans Saints

  • Cut: CB Taveze Calhoun (Twitter link via Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: TE Dan Vitale (Twitter link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times)
  • Retired: WR Evan Spencer

Bucs Place Evan Spencer On Reserve/Retired List

Friday’s minor moves from around the NFL:

  • The Chargers have reached injury settlements with wide receiver Rasheed Bailey and linebacker Shaq Petteway, per Adam Caplan of ESPN and Wilson (on Twitter). San Diego claimed Bailey on Aug. 18 after the Jaguars cut him, but the Bolts ultimately waived/injured him last weekend. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Bailey went undrafted out of Delaware Valley a year ago and spent time with the Eagles, though he didn’t garner any regular-season experience with either them or the Jags. Petteway signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent from West Virginia on April 30.
  • The Patriots have waived running back Tyler Gaffney with an injury settlement, according to Doug Kyed of NESN (Twitter link). Gaffney, who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since the Panthers took him in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, injured his foot in New England’s Sept. 1 preseason finale. He spent the first two years of his career on the Patriots’ injured reserve list with knee issues.
  • The Buccaneers have placed receiver Evan Spencer on the reserved/retired list, writes Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. The Redskins used a sixth-rounder on Spencer a year ago, but he ended up spending most of the season on the Bucs’ practice squad. He was active for Tampa Bay’s regular-season finale and was slated to be on its practice squad to start 2016.
  • The Colts have removed cornerback Tevin Mitchel and defensive end Ron Thompson from IR with injury settlements, tweets Wilson. Mitchell, whom Washington drafted in the sixth round last year, didn’t see any action as a rookie. Thompson signed with Indy earlier this year as an undrafted free agent from Syracuse.

Bucs, Kenny Bell Reach Injury Settlement

  • The Buccaneers and wideout Kenny Bell have reached an injury settlement, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter).