Report: Bucs Cut Rookie Kaelin Clay

September 5th, 2015

However …

Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud is Twittering that the Bucs have waved good-bye to 2015 sixth-round pick Kaelin Clay.

Of course, that always has be qualified with — for now.

Clay injured his ribs last Saturday against the Browns and didn’t play Thursday in Miami. Drafted as a return specialist, he was not impressive in preseason, but he didn’t fumble, so Joe would hardly call him a bust.

It looks like Clay just lost in the competition between him and undrafted rookies Rannell Hall and Adam Humphries. Kenny Bell, the fifth-round rookie receiver, is lost for the year on injured reserve, so Stroud reported yesterday.

Joe suspects Clay would be a Bucs practice squad target when teams start building those units tomorrow.

Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster is due by 4 p.m. today. Remember, the Bucs cut Solomon Patton last year and he was re-signed and became the opening-day returner.

26 Responses to “Report: Bucs Cut Rookie Kaelin Clay”

  1. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Says more about Humphries and Hall I think. I am not all mad at Licht for cutting a 6th and 7th round pick. Give the scouting dept for finding Hall and Humphries. How many 6/7 rounders make a difference? Not many, yes I know Tom Brady, Woman beater DE now in Dallas, and Terrell Davis are the exception.

  2. Supersam Says:

    Wow BUST. Our 5th through 7th rounds sucked.

  3. JabooBuc Says:

    Pretty much convinced SuperSam is a 12 yr old.

  4. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    May the best players make the team, regardless of draft status. If we picked Hall and Humphries in the draft and cut rookie FAs, it would look better, but the end result would be the same. Good job finding those two guys!

  5. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Supersam, 6th and 7th rounders getting cut is not the big issue. Picks like A Clayborn, Bowers, Price, and Barron either flaming out, or not being good at all. Can not miss in rounds 1 and 2, or you end up 2-14.

  6. tdtb2015 Says:

    You win some you lose some. I’m ok with that. I think is stupid to hold on to them when others perform better. Drafting and Free agency has no guarantees. Licht keeps moving forward and I like his approach. No GM is perfect. I love Licht “hits” this year. Lets see what else happens this week.

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I just hope he hits on some O-lineman soon.

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Possible Special Teams Upgrades

    *On the bubble (Possible waiver claims – if released)

    Running Back
    • Zack Zenner (Detroit Lions)
    • Jarryd Hayne (San Francisco 49ers)

    • James Wilder Jr. (Cincinnati Bengals)

    If I’m Licht – I would consider trading a future conditional pick – for either of the prospects listed

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Possible Upgrades on the Offensive Line (Roster Bubbles)

    Left Guard
    • Ryan Groy (New England Patriots)
    • Trey Hopkins (Cincinnati Bengals)
    • Ben Garland (Denver Broncos)

    • Dillon Day (Denver Broncos)
    • Reese Dismukes (Pittsburgh Steelers)

    Right Guard
    • Tayo Fabuluje (Chicago Bears)
    • Robert Myers Jr. (Baltimore Ravens)

  10. chris Says:

    James Wilder Jr. Really? Trade a pic for him? Cmon man……ok, he played for FSU and is from Tampa….but no way he’s better than any of our rbs.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m impressed…..not letting “draft ego” take over…..remember Myron Lewis and Michael Smith?…..

    Cut your losses….our FA WRs are better players.

  12. cometowin2 Says:


    Grow up. It’s getting harder to make this team. That is good thing.

    Out of our first 4 picks, their is a good chance of down the road having 3 perennial all pros and a good left or right tackle. This will be one of the best drafts ever for the Bucs and maybe comparable or better than the 1995 draft that brought us Sapp and Brooks.

    Write it down. Licht and Lovie hit a home run on this draft. Now if they just don’t f it up by getting Jamies killed by this offensive line till they jell.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    James Wilder Jr > Jorvorskie Lane

    He was just released by the way- Pick’em up Licht

  14. Owlykat Says:

    Trade Glennon for whatever Licht can get and grab Tebo now who really outplayed Glennon this last game and let Tebo start until our OL gels and can protect well enough not to get Winston killed. Tebo is very durable and can run when plays break down. If Winston gets hurt and we keep Glennon we can kiss this season goodbye. What since was it to cut Greene who was the leading tackler the last game. We need good tacklers on our crappy cover teams.

  15. Bird Says:

    Hey. Right move if humphries and hall make it. Clay was no different than me on the field. Garbomzo

  16. Tnew Says:

    With every selection starting in the fifth. I held my breath hoping to take a flyer on La’el Collins. As much in need we were there I felt the value of that selection grossly outweighed the risks associated with his selection. Really no clue how the bucs passed on him.3 times. I know it’s in the past but those are the opportunities that you have to capitalize on when you get them.

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    No Surprise about Clay. Probably a practice squad candidate. I saw some flashes from him as a returner in practice – but he was getting all the return reps the 1st couple pre-season games and accomplished nothing in those games. Certainly not the way to earn a roster spot….

    Hall and Humphries looked as good or better at returning and both showed themselves as much more reliable receivers than Clay or Bell.

  18. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Glad we are cutting guys based on performance!!!!!!

  19. Pickgrin Says:

    And hopefully this is the last time we ever have to hear about “Tebo” again.

    If Timmy’s not smart enough to realize that his prospective employment in the NFL involves playing a position other than QB – then he deserves to be out of football for the rest of his life – despite being in his “prime” playing and earning years right now.

    If Tebow had undertaken the task of transforming himself into a TE a couple years ago when the entire league collectively and definitively told him – “you aren’t good enough to be an NFL QB” – he could be a very valuable asset for some NFL team at this point and be earning millions of dollars.

  20. Lakeland Buc Says:

    If a team depends on their late round draft picks to to make the team and have an impact. That has got to to be a pathetic franchise, the entire front office should be fired. It should be hard for a 1st or 2nd round pick to make an impact as a rookie. A 6th and 7th round pick has no business making a team roster.

  21. The Real Drew Says:

    Lakeland Buc Says:

    “If a team depends on their late round draft picks to to make the team and have an impact. That has got to to be a pathetic franchise, the entire front office should be fired. It should be hard for a 1st or 2nd round pick to make an impact as a rookie. A 6th and 7th round pick has no business making a team roster.”

    Bill Bellicheat should be fired then, because Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. It’s not the norm for late round picks to have that impact, but there’s a possibility. This team has been depleted in talent. You have to try and get it somehow.

  22. Lakeland Buc Says:

    Tom Brady was one in a million,how many more Brady’s are in the NFL? What we have “two” players that was drafted before 2012 on our roster. That’s why we are so hyped about 6th and 7th round picks.

  23. DraftJameis Says:

    The Real Drew

    I believe Lakeland Buc was referring to making an impact as a rookie

  24. 98bucsfan Says:

    Owlykat, I don’t know what you are thinking when you say get tebow and have him start day 1 because even bringing him in right now he wouldn’t get caught up until the third game at the earliest. And mike glennon isn’t even that bad. He is a viable backup that knows this offense inside and out so we know we can rely on him to do his job granted that something happens to Winston. *knock on wood* I guarantee that even if we picked up tebow that he wouldn’t even know the whole play book until week 6. Do you know how long it takes for a QB to study the playbook?

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    They never gave Bell a fair chance at returner. Now that he’s on IR he won’t get one this year.

    I had him on my wishlist BECAUSE I knew he could return. Second year in a row the Bucs have tried to find a kick returner and failed.

  26. WillieD Says: