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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sims Move Means Change Is Coming

Can the Buccaneers do it again?

Will General Manager Mark Dominik and Head Coach Raheem Morris pull yet another young star onto their already twinkling roster?

The release of Ryan Sims creates another roster void.  Dominik can either fill it from his own practice squad (i.e. Ted Larsen), can swipe a player from another team's practice squad (i.e. Al Woods), or can pull in a practice squad player or waived player from another team (i.e. LeGarrette Blount).  What will it be?

Considering the aggressive nature Dominik has shown by plundering the late round picks of other teams this season it could be the Buccaneers have identified a new target on another practice squad.  In the past, a dropped player has been replaced with another player at the same position.  This week, Dominik shuffled the practice squad, dropping G John Malecki (signed on October 26th) and adding even more size to the defensive line prospects with DT Frank Okam, a 6'5" 350 lb 5th round pick by the Houston Texans in 2008.  If Okam is the by-position replacement for the release of Sims, plus the offensive line getting healthy again, is the field wide open for a player at any position to join the roster?

It would appear the scenario is wide open.  Now that DE Alex Magee has reached the field and DT Al Woods has proven to be more than capable in the interior, the Buccaneers shave their numbers on the defensive line back to "practical" limits, making room for some new talent to get a chance.

Who could it be?  One possiblity is Brandon Carter, a 6'7" 344lbs offensive guard, who has been on the practice squad since camp closed in early September.  Defensive back Vince Anderson and wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe are also candidates for the same reasons.

There is no obvious choice.  With the offensive line getting healthier again the Buccaneers are currently not short numbers-wise at any position in particular.

Looks like Dominik can choose as he pleases.

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