The Brett Smith experiment is over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut him Wednesday as part of a handful of roster moves made by the team.
Smith, an UDFA signing at the conclusion of the draft, was the only one of 13 UDFA signings who the Bucs cut. The quarterback had an up and down time at rookie minicamp over the weekend — he played poorly Friday but bounced back Saturday with a good outing.
Along with Smith, the Bucs waived punter Jacob Schum and defensive tackle David Hunter.
The incoming Bucs include quarterback Alex Tanney and Harvard tight end Cameron Brate, both of which we reported yesterday, as well as NC State wide receiver Quintin Payton and Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ian Thompson.
The trend towards signing tall targets in the receiving game continues too: Payton and Thompson are both 6’4. Brate is 6’5.
Over a four-year career at NC State, Payton caught 86 passes for 1,443 yards but he only managed five touchdown receptions.
Payton should be familiar with one player currently on the Bucs roster: Mike Glennon. In 2012 the duo hooked up for 798 yards on 51 catches and two scores during the college season.
Thompson only had 35 career catches in a four-year career, although he didn’t make a single reception in his first year. He finished with 287 receiving yards and never caught a touchdown pass.