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Buccaneers Sign DT John Hughes

The Buccaneers have signed defensive tackle John Hughes, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Hughes has been a free agent since being released by the Patriots earlier this month. John Hughes (vertical)

Hughes was cut loose by the Browns in September, a surprising move since he had several years to go on the lucrative extension he inked in 2015. Days later, he signed with New England, but his stay with the Pats lasted less than a week.

Hughes, a 2012 draftee, started just seven games in his first three seasons with the Browns and landed on IR in 2014 after suffering an MCL injury. The former third-round pick appeared in all 16 regular season games in 2015 and made three starts, totaling 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble.

After Gerald McCoy suffered a calf injury over the weekend, Hughes will provide Tampa Bay with some much-needed depth. As Auman notes, Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek was in Cleveland the year Hughes was drafted.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Practice Squad Updates: 9/28/16

Today’s practice squad moves:

Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots

New York Giants

  • Signed: OT Jon Halapio (Twitter link via James Kratch of NJ.com)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Audition Rory Anderson

  • Like the Eagles, the Buccaneers also worked out tight end Rory Anderson, according to Caplan (Twitter link).

NFL Waiver Priority Now Based On 2016 Record

We’re coming up on Week 4 of the NFL season and that means that waiver claim priority will be based on the current league standings instead of last year’s. Of course, waiver priority is based on the inverted NFL standings, which have built in tiebreakers to sort out the many logjams that naturally occur.

Throughout the offseason and the first three weeks of the regular season, the Titans enjoyed top priority thanks to their 3-13 finish last year. Now, we have a brand new pecking order. Here is a full rundown of the current waiver claim priority, which will change from week to week:

1. Jaguars
2. Saints
3. Bears
4. Browns
5. Chargers
6. Lions
7. Jets
8. Cardinals
9. Bills
10. Colts
11. Dolphins
12. 49ers
13. Buccaneers
14. Bengals
15. Titans
16. Redskins
17. Panthers
18. Falcons
19. Cowboys
20. Giants
21. Raiders
22. Packers
23. Chiefs
24. Rams
25. Seahawks
26. Texans
27. Steelers
28. Ravens
29. Eagles
30. Broncos
31. Vikings
32. Patriots

Jets Claim Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Jets have claimed Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers from the Bucs, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Seferian-Jenkins was waived by Tampa Bay late last week.

In the wake of his second DUI arrest since 2013, the Bucs cut bait with their talented tight end. Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round pick in the 2014 draft, has been looked at as a potential star in the making, though he has not been able to put it all together on the field. The Bucs decided that they had enough after ASJ’s latest off-the-field indiscretion and he certainly didn’t help his standing with the club this offseason when he got into it with coaches during practice.

It will be interesting to see where the Washington product fits in with the Jets. Currently, the tight end depth chart is headlined by Kellen Davis with Brandon Bostick and recent addition Braedon Bowman in support.

Jenkins, who turns 24 later this week, had 21 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. In 2015, he had a similar stat line across seven games as he caught 21 balls for 338 yards and four scores. This year, Seferian-Jenkins recorded three catches and one touchdown for the Buccaneers. He’ll now hope to boost those numbers with Gang Green.

The tight end probably won’t face any discipline for his most recent arrest until 2017, a source tells Tom Pelissero of USA Today (on Twitter).

Latest On Austin Seferian-Jenkins

We hadn’t heard much from the Buccaneers since they cut bait with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins yesterday. The former second-rounder was released by the organization after he was arrested for driving under the influence, and the organization was pretty tight-lipped when the transaction was announced.


  • Seferian-Jenkins’ release from the Buccaneers was a “long time coming,” writes Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Besides being charged with a misdemeanor DUI, Seferian-Jenkins was also charged with “circumventing a court-ordered ignition lock device,” which was placed in his car following another DUI arrest. The tight end had issues during his time at the University of Washington, and those problems apparently carried over to the NFL. Seferian-Jenkins was reportedly thrown out of practice for his lack of familiarity with the playbook, and the tight end also got in a shouting match with Koetter and other coaches during the Bucs’ preseason finale.
  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN notes (via Twitter) that the Buccaneers are “genuinely worried about” the tight end and hope he “gets straight.”

Buccaneers Cut Austin Seferian-Jenkins

In the wake of his second DUI arrest since 2013, the Buccaneers have cut tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, per a team announcement. To take Seferian-Jenkins’ roster spot, the Bucs have promoted fellow tight end Alan Cross from their practice squad.


Seferian-Jenkins brought an end to his short and disappointing Tampa Bay tenure Friday with a 4 a.m. ET arrest. The 23-year-old is now facing two misdemeanor charges – one for DUI and another for violating the Ignition Interlock Device restriction from his prior arrest, which came while he was attending the University of Washington.

Despite his previous run-in with the law, the Buccaneers chose Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of the 2014 draft, picking him 38th overall. Seferian-Jenkins was unable to live up to that selection in Tampa Bay, where he battled injuries and posted underwhelming production. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder appeared in just 16 total games in his first two seasons and made 12 starts, combining for 42 receptions on 77 targets to go with 559 yards and six touchdowns. Seferian-Jenkins registered three catches, 44 yards and a score in the Buccaneers’ first two games this year, but he didn’t start in either contest.

Given his youth and draft pedigree, someone could claim Seferian-Jenkins on waivers, though his legal troubles cloud the picture. Regardless of what lies ahead for him, Tampa Bay will move on at tight end with Cameron Brate, Luke Stocker, Brandon Myers and Cross.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times first reported that the Buccaneers would cut Seferian-Jenkins. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Buccaneers Make Two Roster Moves

The Buccaneers have placed linebacker Devante Bond on injured reserve and re-signed fellow linebacker Josh Keyes, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

[RELATED: Austin Seferian-Jenkins facing two misdemeanor charges]

A hamstring injury has hampered Bond over the past month, though Auman notes that the rookie sixth-round pick from Oklahoma participated fully in Wednesday’s practice. Bond missed practice Thursday, however, leading to his placement on IR.

Keyes appeared in the Buccaneers’ first two games this year, mainly serving as a special teamer. The team waived Keyes on Tuesday, but Bond’s ailment paved the way for his return to the organization. Keyes, who went undrafted out of Boston College last year, spent time on the Bucs’ practice squad as a rookie before the club promoted him to its active roster for the second half of the season, in which he saw special teams action in seven games.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Facing Two Misdemeanor Charges

8:35am: In a series of tweets, Auman offers further details on Seferian-Jenkins’ arrest. He’s actually facing two misdemeanor charges – one for DUI and another for violating the Ignition Interlock Device restriction from his 2013 arrest. Prior to being pulled over, Seferian-Jenkins was driving between 75 to 80 mph in a 55 mph zone and cut off a state trooper, per Florida Highway Patrol. He was also “agitated” and declined a breath sample.

7:50am: Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence around 4.a.m. ET Friday, according to Greg Auman and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Seferian-Jenkins has been in jail since 6 a.m. ET.

Seferian-Jenkins previously pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while at the University of Washington. A year later, the Buccaneers used a second-round draft pick on him. Seferian-Jenkins has since amassed 45 receptions for 603 yards and seven touchdowns in 18 games (12 starts). The 23-year-old started the Bucs’ first two games this season and picked up three catches for 44 yards and a score.