George Johnson Released

November 1st, 2012

Joe thought one highlight of the preseason, and a good player off the bench, was defensive end George Johnson, who saw lots of playing time with injuries to Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.

Johnson did a helluva job of getting pressure on the quarterback, and in some cases, batting down passes with his paw. But apparently he was not good enough. Lost in the wake of the Aqib Talib trade was that the Bucs waived Johnson this afternoon.

Joe is very, very surprised at this. The only conclusion Joe can figure out is that Bowers is really improving to the point he can now play an entire series, not just a handful of third down situations.

12 Responses to “George Johnson Released”

  1. SensibleBuc Says:

    What has he done in the regular season? Te’o-Nesheim has flashed more the George.

  2. Mike J Says:

    They must plain like Daniel Te’o-etc. better.

  3. kh Says:

    The only conclusion I can make is that Aaron Morgan has been outplaying George Johnson in practice and took his spot.

  4. Andrew Says:

    Jeez man talk about busting out the axe today. But its like you said Joe Bowers is doing good with his injure and that one guy, number 50, has clearly outperformed Johnson. so at this point Johnson has become dispensable.

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Love or hate this new Schiano regime, one thing is for sure: They sure do keep it interesting. It seems like every week we make multiple roster moves, with some big ones sprinkled in too. If I’m playing on the Bucs, I would hesitate before I bought a house in Tampa.

  6. Teddy Says:

    George Johnson has seemed like a taxi-squad guy all along anyway.

  7. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Aaron Morgan looked unstoppable in the preseason against the Giants. He was in their backfield all game long. He’s light (only 240 lbs) but he’s a pass rush specialist.

    Most Jags fans were actually excited about this guy entering the regular season before he was released at the final cut down. In fact one guy I know said he predicted that Morgan would only be on the Bucs practice squad a maximum of two weeks before he got called up to the regular roster. He was wrong…Morgan lasted 3 weeks before getting called up.

    Keep an eye on this guy. Schiano wouldn’t just cut a veteran off the active roster to replace him with a practice squad guy mid-season unless there’s something he really likes.

  8. WrightsRX Says:

    Te’o has made a few plays in games last two weeks. I think Morgan brings more pure pass rush that we havent had as much of late

  9. Brad Says:

    I can only have faith in Schiano. We lose Nicks to injury, Talib traded after suspension, Wright to suspension at some point, cut Johnson and all this after one of the teams bigger wins in recent memory. It almost feels like this last week was our bye week. No one still talks about us on the NFL network.. I hope we win this week but I’m scared what happens after..

  10. canadianbuc Says:

    Joe i no you like the Talib trade but do you think that with the guys we have in the secondary now can win us some games maybe on a run to contend for a playoff spot? Or have you lost hope for the season and thats why you like the trade?

  11. Joe Says:


    Losing Carl Nicks is far more damaging to the Bucs than losing Talib. Again, the past three years, the Bucs have had a winning record when Talib was out of the lineup.

  12. memyself&i Says:

    George had problems with this coach since Rutgers….reportedly, Schiano frequently asks his players to do dirty things and him and George clashed over this same issue in college….George was frequently heard saying he would not be around long once schiano was hired

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