Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Shuffle Cornerback, Tight End Positions

The day after winning their preseason opener, the Buccaneers made a half-dozen roster moves, including the additions of CBs Amari Coleman and Aaron Davis


Tampa Bay Buccaneers players got a break from training camp practice on Friday after winning their preseason opener the night before in Miami. The player personnel department was quite busy, however; the team made six roster moves on Friday, matching the total number of transactions during the first two weeks of training camp. Most of the latest roster tweaks affected the cornerback tight end positions.

The three young players joining the Buccaneers' 91-man camp roster are tight end Colin Jeter and cornerbacks Amari Coleman and Aaron Davis. The team created three openings on the roster by waiving defensive end Kiante Anderson and tight ends Donnie Ernsberger (with an injury designation) and Jason Reese. Anderson, Ernsberger and Reese were all undrafted rookies.

Coleman and Davis also entered the league as undrafted rookies this spring, the former with the Detroit Lions and the latter with the New York Giants. Jeter originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent, though he did not appear on an NFL roster or practice squad last season.

Jeter (6-6, 249) played his college ball at LSU, where he was a starter for two of his three seasons with the Tigers. He appeared in a total of 35 games with 17 starts and recorded 23 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns. A three-time choice for the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Jeter led all LSU tight ends in his 2016 senior season with 11 catches for 157 yards and one score. Before arriving at LSU, Jeter also attended the Air Force Academy and Kilgore College in Texas.

Coleman (5-11, 185) started training camp with the Lions this summer but was waived on August 2. A product of Central Michigan, he started the last three of his four seasons for the Chippewas and put up career numbers of 141 tackles, 29 passes defensed and eight interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. Coleman won first-team all-conference honors as a junior and followed up with a 44-tackle, three-interception season as a senior.

Davis (6-0, 189) joined the Giants right after the draft but was waived in the middle of June with an injury designation; Tampa is his second NFL stop. He played four seasons at Georgia and was a starter since his redshirt freshman season. In all, Davis played in 50 games and opened 45 of them, along the way amassing 184 tackles, 4.0 sacks, five interceptions, 12 passes defensed and five fumble recoveries.

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