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REAR ENTRIES: Everyday I’m Shuffling

May 08, 2012 at 11:04am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

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LET THE SIGNINGS BEGIN: The Bucs signed their two seventh-round picks yesterday, RB Michael Smith and TE Drake Dunsmore. Details of the contracts weren’t revealed, so I guess they only do that when they’re showing off.

The 6-3, 235-pound Dunsmore played a position called “superback” in Northwestern’s prolific offense in 2011 and scouts believe he could line up anywhere from tight end to fullback to H-back.

Seriously, “Superback”? And remember Cody Grimm was the “Deathbacker“. Do they do that in other industries, too? Does the best dishwasher get called the Dishcrusher or the Soap Soldier or something?

BUCS SIGN JILTED PATRIOT: The Bucs picked up Tiquan Underwood yesterday, the former New England Patriot who was cut the day before the Super Bowl.

Underwood was released by the Patriots in February, on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, so the team could promote defensive tackle Alex Silvestro from the practice squad. He re-signed three days later but was cut again May 3 so the Pats could sign former Florida receiver Jabar Gaffney.

Even John McCargo thinks this guy got fucked.

The addition of Underwood puts the total number of former Rutgers players on the roster at seven. There has been some bitching that Greg Schiano is playing favorites with his former guys, but he knows these players and what they’re capable of. He’s not going to jeopardize winning just to give a couple guys who used to play for him a temporary paycheck. Schiano has made it clear that no one is going to be given preferential treatment and that he will do what’s best for the Bucs, so he needs to be given the benefit of the doubt at this point.

ROSTER CHANGES: The bugs did a lot of roster shuffling over the last couple days. Here’s most of it:

Here is the list of tryout players signed from the rookie minicamp:

Wagner DE Quintin Anderson
Ball State S Sean Baker
Arkansas RB De’Anthony Curtis
Iowa P Eric Guthrie
Nebraska T Jermarcus Hardrick
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson
Henderson State FB Antonio Leak
North Carolina DT Jordan Nix
Toledo TE Danny Noble
Connecticut C Moe Petrus
Portland State DT Myles Wade

The players released include:

WR Luther Ambrose
LB Ryan Baker
LB Mike Balogun
QB Zach Collaros
S Ron Girault Rugters
C Chaz Hine
DT Donte’e Nicholls
T Trevor Olson
G Chris Riley
K Jake Rogers
CB Quenton Washington
T Rocky Weaver

De’Anthony Curtis and Jordan Nix are both interesting prospects. All the others I’m pretty sure are made up names.

9 Comments to “REAR ENTRIES: Everyday I’m Shuffling”


Meatmaster (May 08, 2012 at 02:36pm:

GOD—DAMN!!! Made my day dude!


jampersands (May 08, 2012 at 03:14pm:

“Even John McCargo thinks this guy got fucked.”



BaldBuc4055 (May 08, 2012 at 05:20pm:

Agree with Meatmaster, that clicky is quite impressive! On a side note, I don’t understand what the Bucs see in Jordan Jefferson. The guy blew it in the national title game and didn’t really have that impressive of a college career. Then again, that’s why they get paid to evaluate football players and I don’t, so we’ll see what happens.


jampersands (May 08, 2012 at 05:33pm:

Now that Josh Johnson is gone, maybe they want a running QB to replace him?

I guess they’re looking for one that throws even more interceptions.

worker b

worker b (May 08, 2012 at 06:38pm:

Seems like Coach McKay favored a lot of his former college players, too. Rutgers hasn’t exactly been 1970s-era USC, but the guys he’s signing aren’t really slotted for starting spots, either.


Stanglassman (May 08, 2012 at 11:12pm:

I only count six and Zuttah, Gibson were already starters in this league and Johnson was brought in last year and played great when given a chance. That leaves 3, one (WR Underwood)that played for NE Pats last year. Not a big deal.
Gary Gibson DT
George Johnson DE
Derrick Roberson CB
Desmond Wynn OT
Tiquan Underwood WR
Jeremy Zuttah C


Scott (May 09, 2012 at 09:49am:

That number included Ron Girault, who has since been cut.


xljohnr316 (May 09, 2012 at 11:32pm:

I actually like the idea of having a few of his Rutgers guys at camp. They can help clue the other players in on what he expects from “his” players. Everyone has some personal quirks and things that some others have a hard time catching onto. They can check these out with the guys who already know and have worked for Schiano in the past.

worker b

worker b (May 10, 2012 at 10:07am:

I agree, xlj. Schiano is trying to change the culture and reportedly pick up the pace at practice. I’d guess all the fringe Rutgers guys are there to help him do that.

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