Bucs waived CB Marc Anthony, FB Lonnie Pryor, CB Keith Lewis, DE T.J. Fatinikun, and LB Ka'Lial Glaud.
Tampa Bay has begun the process of trimming its roster to the 53-man limit.
Coach Marvin Lewis chalked up Jeremy Hill's 26 touches in the preseason finale to learning "what it's like to be an NFL running back."
"When we get to Sundays and we go down to 46 guys, and if he’s going to be the guy, then he’s going to have to be able to shoulder the load," said Lewis. "They were good snaps for him to learn with tonight." There was some speculation that Hill was getting so much work because he's down the depth chart a bit. We don't see it that way. Fully expect Hill to open as Gio Bernard's complement.
ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker doesn't expected Daniel Thomas to make the 53-man roster.
Thomas made his preseason debut Thursday, rushing 13 times for 38 yards (2.9 YPC) and one touchdown. He simply hasn't done enough this summer to earn a roster spot. Walker expects the Dolphins to keep just three running backs, Lamar Miller, Knowshown Moreno, and UDFA Damien Williams.
Jaguars C Mike Brewster is in danger of not making the 53-man roster.
Brewster was the odds-on favorite to win the starting job heading into camp, but he was horrible in preseason action. He botched three shotgun snaps, with one coming Thursday night and resulting in a 14-yard loss. Brewster was pulled from the starting lineup two weeks ago. The Jags are still trying to sort the position out. Jacques McClendon and Luke Bowanko are the contenders.
Rueben Randle admitted he and Eli Manning continue to struggle with timing and aren't on the same page.
Coach Tom Coughlin called an incompletion between Manning and Randle the worst play of the Giants' preseason finale, saying "There is no place for that." Randle and Eli struggled with their communication last season. Now it's timing. It's been going on all summer in practice, and Randle admits he needs to get his head around faster. Randle will be a boom-or-bust WR3 early on.
John Jerry is expected to fill in as the Giants' starting left guard while Geoff Schwartz (toe) is out.
Most expected rookie Weston Richburg to take over for Schwartz, but he could end up being the Giants' center or right guard with C J.D. Walton struggling badly this preseason and RG Brandon Mosley injured. Jerry played 56 snaps in the preseason finale. He also hasn't been good this summer, but has plenty of starting experience. The G-Men are going to have trouble up front.
Stephen Hill caught just one pass for 13 yards in Thursday's preseason finale.
He also dropped a pass, which has become a daily routine this summer. Hill seems like a goner. Expect the Jets to dangle him in trade talks the next 24-plus hours before eventually cutting him Saturday afternoon. Hill is competing with Greg Salas for a roster spot. Coach Rex Ryan praised Salas earlier this week.
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson predicts Derek Carr will start the Week 1 opener against the Jets.
Coach Dennis Allen had previously been married to Matt Schaub as his Week 1 starter. But following Carr's impressive preseason finale against the Seahawks, Allen was less committed to Schaub, saying he'll have to see where Schaub (elbow, day-to-day) is at health-wise. Carr has a big arm and would give the Raiders' receivers a boost. He and Denarius Moors hooked up for two touchdowns Thursday. Carr gives the Raiders their best chance to win games.