Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mission: 53

The Bucs reduced their active list to 53 players for the regular season on Saturday night, although, as usual, one should consider the roster a work in progress

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DT Ellis Wyms, who has been on the Bucs' active roster the past six seasons, was one of the players released on Saturday

Greg White, Ryan Sims, Donald Penn and Leon Joe are on the list. Ellis Wyms, Jamie Winborn, Julian Jenkins and Alan Zemaitis are not.

The list of reference is that of players who are on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster after Saturday night's round of "final" cuts. That list won't necessarily be the same by the time the Buccaneers take on Seattle in the regular season opener eight days hence.

Wyms, who has been a Buccaneer for six seasons and Zemaitis, a fourth-round pick a year ago, are among the players who were released as the team reached the mandated regular-season limit by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. That was the goal of the 22 moves the team made on Saturday, to comply with the new roster limit; the process of forming the best 53-man team for the 2007 regular season will likely be an ongoing process.

Still, Saturday's cuts definitely included some points of interest. The Buccaneers kept four quarterbacks, for instance, and seven of the 10 players they drafted last April. They kept only five receivers, on the other hand, in part due to a wave of injuries suffered in Thursday night's preseason finale against Houston. White, a former Arena League star who joined the team midway through camp, also made the cut after opening eyes with his preseason play.

Tampa Bay reached the 53-man limit through a variety of moves, as outlined below.

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