Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 9/1/12
TAMPA The revolving door was spinning Saturday afternoon at One Buccaneer Place, as the club continued to tweak its 53-man roster well after the 9 p.m. Friday NFL deadline. Two players were pulled from the practice field early into a short session and waived, while two others went to work on the practice squad. Later in the afternoon, following the roster shuffling, the Bucs announced that they had claimed three players off waivers defensive tackle Corey Irvin, guard Julian Vandervelde and centerguard Cody Wallace. And early Saturday evening, running back D.J. Ware was brought on board while cornerback Brandon McDonald was let go. The two players who parted ways with the Bucs during practice, after initially making the squad Friday night, were defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry and guard Bradley Sowell. The awkward situation stemmed from a noon deadline Saturday for the claiming period of players who'd been placed on waivers Friday night. "There are 32 teams and it takes a little while to get the information and we wanted to make sure we were in compliance," said head coach Greg Schiano. "So when some things occurred that we weren't sure would or wouldn't, we had to get some get guys off the field which certainly is the bad part of this business. But it is a business, and we all know that when we get into it. (So) we had to get some guys out of there, which isn't the easiest thing.". In the meantime, Saturday's additions address two pressing needs on the offensive and defensive lines caused by recent developments: Pro Bowl offensive guard David Joseph was lost for the season with a knee injury two weeks ago, and on Friday the Bucs released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who missed the final three exhibition games with a knee injury. As for the newcomers, Irvin joins the Bucs from Jacksonville, having played in four games last season. Before that, he played two seasons with Carolina, which drafted him in the third round (93rd overall). Vandervelde started 37 games for Iowa at guard and was a three-year Academic All-American. He also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in his senior year. Wallace was a 2008 fourth-round selection (107th overall) of San Francisco, where he played for two seasons. He's subsequently spent time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions and New York Jets in 2010, and last year signed with the Houston Texans practice squad. He was a three-year starting center at Texas A&M, and a first-team All-Big XII starter as a senior. Ware will be playing in his sixth NFL season, after spending the past five years with the New York Giants. He played in 45 games, starting one, while amassing 324 yards and one touchdown yards on 81 carries, along with 37 catches for 252 yards. Besides Okoye, perhaps the most unexpected cut Friday was wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who performed well during the preseason, including a team-high six catches for 82 yards in the exhibition finale on Wednesday won by Washington 30-3. The free-agent from New England played for Schiano at Rutgers and was in a tight battle with Sammie Stroughter, who ultimately won the final wide receiver spot due to his greater experience as a return man on special teams. "Very tough decision," Schiano said. "A tough decision because of his productivity in preseason, and personally a tough decision because I've known this kid since he was a freshman in high school and have had a lot of great moments with him and I trust him. The good thing is this is a long season. I want the best for him, so if somebody comes and claims him, that's great. But if not, he's a guy that I think we'll always have in the ready because we believe he performed well. "But special teams at the end of the day Sammie does a lot on special teams. And I don't know if Ty could or can't. But he hasn't. And Sammie's proven that he can." Stroughter could challenge Preston Parker as punt returner, due to the incumbent's troubles fielding punts. Rookie running back Michael Smith appears set to handle kick returns. But Schiano isn't committing. "They're all in the mix right now," he said. "I'm not sure who is going to be the guy. There may be more than one guy depending on the situation. I'm not ready to publicly say that. I think I have some thoughts and ideas, but we'll probably work through that more as we go." They'll be working through finalizing the roster as well in the coming days. "Until Tuesday," Schiano said, "It's going to be a very fluid situation." Here's a list of the players waived by the Bucs Friday night to reach the 53-man limit: RELEASED DT Frank Okam DT Amobi Okoye (injury settlement) WAIVED S Larry Asante S Sean Baker WR Landon Cox LB Rennie Curran LB Jacob Cutrera TE Drake Dunsmore K Kai Forbath T Jermarcus Hardrick RB Robert Hughes FB Cody Johnson RB Mossis Madu DT Jordan Nix C Moe Petrus TE Zack Pianalto QB Brett Ratliff CB James Rogers WR Jordan Shipley WR Tiquan Underwood DT Teryl White DL E.J. Wilson G Desmond Wynn (injured)
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