Jones And Shepard Claim Off Waivers By Bucs, Practice Squad Set

By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Sunday that they claimed defensive tackle Chris Jones and wide receiver Russell Shepard off waivers. To clear space on their 53-man roster for Jones and Shepard, the Bucs released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood and linebacker Najee Goode.

Jones was released by the Houston Texans, who was their 198th-overall selection from the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6-2, 306-pound played collegiately at Bowling Green, where he played in 50 straight games (43 starts).

Chris Jones/Google Images

Chris Jones/Google Images

A three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection, Jones earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors his senior season, when he recorded 12.5 sacks, the third-most in the NCAA. He was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press.

Shepard was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles before they released him. The undrafted rookie free agent played his college ball at LSU, where he played as a dual-threat – quarterback, wide receiver and running back.

Shepard (6-1, 195), finished his career at LSU with 733 rushing yards, 565 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns (five rushing, five receiving).

Russell Shepard/Google Images

Russell Shepard/Google Images

The Bucs signed seven players to their practice squad Sunday as well:

5-11, 190-pound rookie cornerback Deveron Carr from Arizona State

6-4, 300-pound rookie offensive lineman Jace Daniels from Northern Michigan

6-2, 230-pound rookie linebacker Ka’lial Glaud from Rutgers

6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo from Stanford

6-5, 248-pound tight end Danny Noble from Toledo

6-0, 196-pound wide receiver Chris Owusu from Stanford

6-5, 303-pound tackle Mike Remmers from Oregon State


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