Now Underwood WaitsAugust 29th, 2012
It’ll be damn interesting to see whether Tiquan Underwood makes the Bucs’ final roster after cuts are made on or before Friday.
Clearly, Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson, Preston Parker and Arrelious Benn are locks. Parker got the night off tonight with the starters, and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik said Benn will practice next week.
That’s four receivers, and the Bucs need at least one more to start the season.
Underwood has been the model New Schiano Order citizen. He battled and succeeded daily in practice. He earned his reps. He produced. Tonight, he had six catches for 82 yards. Yes, Joe realizes Underwood should have done better in preventing a Redskins interception and/or make a play on that pass.
But a guy like Underwood almost has to make the cut. Schiano has talked over and over again about how players will not be handed jobs, an attitude that carries much more weight for bottom-of-the-roster guys.
The only thing working against Underwood is his lack of experience and versatility, versus Sammie Stroughter and Jordan Shipley.
It’s going to be a grueling wait for the guy with the standout do.