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Bucs Roster Cuts

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As the preseason comes to an end in the NFL its the day the fringe players on all teams fear. The day the roster has to be cut to the 53 guys that will make up the core of the team for the following season. For the Buccaneers there were a few surprises but on the whole it’s training camp and NFLE fodder that has been cut. A couple of names do stand out from those guys that were cut, namely Jamie Winborn, Ellis Wyms and Alan Zemaitis.

Ellis Wyms cut by the Bucs

Wyms has been solid in the rotation at DT over the past few seasons, but looks like Jovan Haye and Ryan Sims may have beaten him out in camp. I’m also glad to see that rookie DT Greg Peterson has made the first cut. A late round pick in this years draft there has been a good buzz about him. Zemaitis never found the field last year and seems to have been a casualty due to the play of Philip Buchanon. Zemaitis was a 4th round pick of the 2006 draft and there was a buzz around him on draft boards that he could have gone as high as round 2.

Winborn is also a surprise cut as he provided good depth at LB and help on special teams. I am hoping that this means this years two rookie LB’s Adam Hayward and Quincy Black have shown enough to provide special teams and Linebacker coverage.

The big name that many thought would be on that list is Chris Simms. He’s still a Bucs player but for how much longer ? Rumours still swirl around the media that the Falcons are interested and I struggle to see why we would keep an unfit 4th QB on the roster. I know that there is a fair bit of cap tied up in Simms but I would rather have 53 players that can contribute.

Parris Warren is the most unlucky to be on the list after suffering a season ending injury whilst scoring against the Texans in preseason.

This is the full list of those cut from the Bucs roster,

The following vested veterans were terminated:

TE Keith Heinrich
LB Jamie Winborn
DT Ellis Wyms

The following players were waived:

DT Darrell Campbell
RB Kenneth Darby
T Chris Denman (waived/injured)
RB Lionel Gates
WR Chas Gessner (waived/injured)
CB Marcus Hamilton
CB Carlos Hendricks (waived/injured)
DE Julian Jenkins
WR Mark Jones
TE C.J. Leak
WR Chad Lucas
G/C Enoka Lucas
LB Jerry Mackey
S Donte Nicholson
T Dennis Roland
FB Byron Storer
WR Paris Warren (waived/injured)
CB Alan Zemaitis

The following player was put on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list:

CB Torrie Cox

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Written by UK Bucs Fan

September 2, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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