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BUCS NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay Makes Roster Moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the team has signed safety Micah Abernathy and defensive lineman Shane Bowman.

Abernathy (6-0, 195) was a four-year player for the Tennessee Volunteers, seeing action in 44 games during his collegiate career, recording 128 total tackles, 11 passes defensed, 7.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions. The Atlanta, Georgia native was with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason.

Bowman (6-4, 291) was signed as a college free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this offseason after appearing in 39 games over four collegiate seasons at Washington.

The team also announced that wide receiver Bryant Mitchell has been placed on injured reserve and offensive lineman Evan Smith has been waived.

Last week the club signed guard Salesi Uhatafe.

Uhatafe (6-5, 320) was a four-year player for the Utah Utes, playing in all 52 games of his collegiate career, while making 38 starts. The Euless, Texas native was with the Washington Redskins earlier this offseason.  

The team also announced that defensive back D’Cota Dixon has been placed on injured reserve.

Looking Back

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the preseason with a 30-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field.

Bruce Arians coached his first game for the Bucs. He was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh from 2004-11, winning two Super Bowls.

The Buccaneers drove down the field on the opening drive. Bucs starting QB Jameis Winston put together a 12-play, 81-yard drive that culminated in a nine-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin for an early 7-0 lead.

The Bucs trailed 13-10 at the end of the first half when Matt Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal. Gay went 1 for 1 for Tampa Bay

Dare Ogunbowale scored on a 10-yard run, but the Tampa Bay two-point conversion failed, giving the Steelers a 20-16 edge. Tampa Bay running backs Peyston Barber and Ronald Jones combined for 36 yards on seven carries against the Steelers.

Tanner Hudson sored on a four yard pass from backup QB Ryan Griffin. And Ogunbowale scored on a one-yard run to close out the Bucs’ scoring.

Tampa Bay welcomes Miami Friday.

Bucs Announce Vehicle Partner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Hyundai Motor America announced a new multi-year partnership agreement that makes the car company the newest automotive sponsor of the team and includes naming rights to the West Stadium Club at Raymond James Stadium.

The newly-named Hyundai Club was recently redesigned before the 2017 season as part of the multi-phase $160 million renovation of Raymond James Stadium.

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