Gaitor, Smith Dodge Cuts With IRAugust 26th, 2013
The Bucs must cut their roster to the mandatory 75 by tomorrow and now unemployed players got the bad news today.
Joe is confident none of the names will jump out at you but two names that escaped the Grim Reaper by being put on the injuried reserve list were the captain of the 2012 inactive list, running back Michael Smith, and cornerback Anthony Gaitor.
The fate of both players was not unexpected.
Smith, drafted last year, was brought in mainly to be used as a return specialist. However, he could only return kicks and was not (or could not be) used elsewhere on special teams. In the waning days of training camp, Smith rarely took snaps with the second team, always a red flag.
Gaitor, with the addition of Darrelle Revis, Mike Adams and Johnthan Banks, was on the bubble when training camp began. With Revis looking to play against the Jets (at least at this point), Gaitor’s future with the Bucs was hanging by a thread.
(Don’t worry. The Bucs won’t bring back Nine Lives Myron Lewis.)
Veteran receiver Derek Hagan, who played under Mike Sullivan with the Giants, and veteran fullback Spencer Larsen, were cut, among others. No surprises there at all, but the cutting of Larsen could signal that Erik Lorig is getting healthy and/or the Bucs might be considering Peyton Hillis as a backup fullback.