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).
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).
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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