With Clayborn, Bowers, Crowder, and Bennett all secure in their positions, it only leaves one more seat available. George Johnson made it impossible for any other defensive ends to replace him. He recorded a sack in each of his preseason games, proving consistency.
Releasing McKenzie, on the other hand, took me by surprise. McKenzie not only started this preseason with first-string defense, but also is more knowledgeable than some of his competitors when it comes toTampa’s schemes and audibles. However, undrafted rookies, Simoni Lawrence and Derrell Smith, came into preseason and outperformed McKenzie without understanding and knowing the defense.
It’s onlynoon, and cuts have begun. Expect to see more cuts within the next few hours. We will keep you updated on all the changes and progress the Bucs make.