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Bucs continue shaping roster

by Roland Johnson on September 7, 2009

General Manager Mark Dominik and Head Coach Raheem Morris continue over hauling and shaping the roster one week before the regular

Bucs claim DE Maurice Evans to help bolster pass rush

Bucs claim DE Maurice Evans to help bolster pass rush

season is set to kick off. On Sunday the team claimed defensive back William Middleton off waivers from Atlanta and defensive end Maurice Evans off waivers from the New York Giants.

Middleton was a fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2009. The 5-foot-10, 193 pound, Middleton, is a rookie from Furman where he logged 95 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 9 passes defensed, 5 sacks and 4 interceptions as a senior.

Middleton amassed 195 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 19 passes defensed, 7 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 QB hurry during his four year collegiate career. He was used as a kick returner, returning 59 kicks, for 1,325 yards and one touchdown averaging 23 yards per kick off.

Middleton’s pro day results;

40 Yrd Dash: 4.42
20 Yrd Dash: 2.56
10 Yrd Dash: 1.48
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 36 1/2
Broad Jump: 10’09″
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone Drill: 7.33

Middleton a three year starter for the Panthers was named team MVP, thickly built corner…strong enough to press receivers…leader on and off the field…stands up against receiver blocks…ability to force plays inside…good hands… has the speed to flip and run.

Evans, 6-foot-2, 264 pounds was an undrafted free agent who entered the NFL draft after his junior season. After being charged with possession of marijuana before the football season, Evans was suspended for three games in 2008 as a result of the incident.

Evans was considered a legitimate pro prospect after a banner sophomore season with 12.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss, and 5 forced fumbles for the Nittany Lions. After serving the suspension, Evans was regulated to a reserve role behind starter Aaron Maybin. He notched 3 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss in 2008. But character concerns pushed Evans off many draft boards.

Evans ended his three year college career with 17 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss, 97 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 3 passes defensed.

Evans combine results were nothing to write home about with;

40 Yrd Dash: 5.00
20 Yrd Dash: 2.81
10 Yrd Dash: 1.69
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 29
Broad Jump: 08’11″
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.57
3-Cone Drill: 7.32

Evans did, however improve his numbers at his pro day where he ran much better and showed more explosion;

40 Yrd Dash: 4.78
20 Yrd Dash: 2.76
10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09’02″
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.32
3-Cone Drill: 7.03

Evans is strong at the point…low center of gravity…can play on weak or strong side…shows adequate explosion… explosive tackler…second and third effort player.

Per Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com Tampa Bay also put in claims for five other players cornerback Brandon Anderson, defensive end Tim Crowder and defensive back Marcus McCauley, punter A.J. Trapasso and defensive back Marvin White, but weren’t able to get them.

Seven to Practice Squad

The Buccaneers filled out, all but one spot of their practice squad by signing CB Kyle Arrington, WR Patrick Carter, DT Rashaad Duncan, RB Kareem Huggins, T James Lee, TE Ryan Purvis and WR Mario Urrutia on Sunday. Tampa Bay still has one spot remaining on its eight-man practice roster. The guess here is that it will be a quarterback, with Brian Brohm being cut by the Packers. It would not surprise this fanatic to see him brought in for an extended look.

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