TAMPA, Fla. -- After whittling down their roster to 53 players Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers assembled their 10-player practice squad Sunday, plus an additional player as part of the NFL's International Pathway Program. These 11 players were with them throughout training camp. The Bucs were not awarded any players off waivers.
Here is the official list of players:
LB Riley Bullough: The undrafted free agent out of Michigan State quickly became a fan favorite on HBO's "Hard Knocks." The Bucs coaching staff loved his all-out effort and vocal leadership, but he was caught behind some really good backups in Adarius Glanton and Cameron Lynch. Bullough has some coverage limitations too, but his attitude and ability to better those around him will be an asset. He finished the preseason with 11 combined tackles (8 solo) and a tackle for a loss.
TE/FB Austin Johnson: An undrafted free agent in 2012, Johnson came to Tampa after a four-year stint with the New Orleans Saints. Prior to that, he was with the Baltimore Ravens. He signed with the Bucs at the end of last season and was active in Week 17. He resembles a traditional fullback more than a tight end, but he has pass-catching ability. He's seen action in 18 career games, including two starts. He had a couple really nice blocks in the fourth preseason game.
WR Freddie Martino: A 2014 undrafted free agent out of North Greenville University, Martino spent time with Koetter in Atlanta and then with the Eagles, before joining the Bucs in May of 2016. He played in 16 games in 2016 and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass last season in the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears. He had eight catches for 142 yards. Martino was edged out for the final wide receiver spot by Bernard Reedy. The 6-foot, 195-pound Martino has the size to line up on the outside and he can block.
WR Jesus "Bobo" Wilson: A 2017 undrafted free agent out of Florida State, Wilson flashed in the fourth preseason game, catching three passes for 58 receiving yards, including a 40-yard reception that was initially ruled a touchdown. He also had two kickoff returns for 66 yards (a 33-yard average) and can return punts. At 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds, he doesn't have the size to line up on the outside, but with his quickness, he can contribute as a slot receiver.
RB Russell Hansbrough: A 2016 undrafted free agent out of Missouri, Hansbrough had multiple stints on the Bucs' practice squad last season and was active for two games last season. In three preseason games this year, he rushed for 31 yards on seven carries. He also caught six passes for 43 receiving yards, including a 13-yard reception in the fourth preseason game, outperforming fifth-round draft pick Jeremy McNichols.
OG Mike Liedtke: An undrafted free agent out of Illinois State in 2015, Liedtke came to the Bucs after brief stints with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns. He signed with the Bucs' practice squad in November of 2016. Liedtke started the fourth preseason game at right guard but also stepped in at tackle during camp, the first time he'd ever done that. The coaching staff loves his versatility. "He plays hard," said Koetter. "He can play every spot [along the offensive line] except center and he has just been real consistent in his execution."
S Isaiah Johnson: An undrafted free agent out of the University of South Carolina (and Kansas) in 2016, Johnson spent last season on the practice squad. He finished the preseason with 10 total tackles (8 solo) and a pass breakup. He also had a special teams tackle. Last year, in the first game of the preseason, he picked off Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz just in front of the goal line.
CB Jonathan Moxey: A 2017 undrafted free agent out of Boise State, Moxey had eight solo tackles in the preseason. He saw an increase in reps due to injuries suffered by Brent Grimes, Jude Adjei-Barimah and Maurice Fleming. Moxey had a nice interception off of Chad Henne during joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Koetter praised him for his ability to compete.
DE Sterling Bailey: A 2016 undrafted free agent out of Georgia, Bailey signed with the Bucs in May of 2017 after stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and Minnesota Vikings. This preseason, he had six tackles (three solo), a sack, a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss. He has yet to play a regular season game.
OT Marquis Lucas: Lucas was claimed off of waivers in August. A 2016 undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, Lucas spent last season with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons. He played both guard and tackle at WVU, so he has some positional flexibility.
*LB Eric Nzeocha: The Bucs and all other NFC South teams were given special roster exemptions to have one international player on their practice squad as part of the NFL's new International Pathway Program. These players do not count against the 10-player roster limit and cannot be called up to the active roster. Born in Germany, Nzeocha played college football at Wyoming and started his career there as a tight end. His brother Mark Nzeocha is entering his third season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Former Bucs players who have landed on other teams' practice squads include OL Korren Kirven (Carolina Panthers) and Jeremy McNichols (San Francisco 49ers). Long snapper Andrew DePaola was claimed by the Bears off waivers.