Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Practice Squad Turns Two Corners

Before getting their second week of regular-season practice underway, the Buccaneers filled out their practice squad again with a pair of young cornerbacks: Brandon Anderson, most recently with Cleveland, and Derrick Roberson, formerly of the Texans and Vikings


Former Akron CB Brandon Anderson played for the Cleveland Browns during the 2009 preseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to start another week of practice. Might as well have a full practice squad.

The Buccaneers filled the two open spots on that unit on Tuesday by signing a pair of young cornerbacks, first-year players Brandon Anderson and Derrick Roberson. Anderson first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Houston in 2007; Roberson is a rookie who signed on with Indianapolis after the 2009 draft.

Tampa Bay had the two openings on their eight-man practice squad following a string of roster moves over the previous five days. Last Thursday, the Buccaneers released rookie cornerback William Middleton, who had been claimed off waivers four days earlier, and promoted cornerback Kyle Arrington from the practice squad. Arrington, who had spent most of the 2008 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad, played on special teams in the season opener but was released on Monday.

The Buccaneers also released punter A.J. Trapasso on Monday. Trapasso had been signed to the practice squad the same day that Arrington was promoted off of it.

Anderson opened training camp with the Vikings but was released on August 4. He signed three days later with Cleveland and played for the Browns during the 2009 offseason. Cleveland waived Anderson on the final cutdown day but re-signed him briefly to the practice squad. He was waived last Wednesday.

The 5-10, 179-pound Anderson played in 48 games over four seasons at Akron, starting 17. As a senior, he registered 42 tackles. Anderson hails from Dublin, Virginia.

Roberson split his first two seasons in the NFL between the practice squads in Houston and Minnesota. He spent the second half of his rookie season and the beginning of the 2008 campaign with the Texans before joining Minnesota in late November. Minnesota re-signed Roberson after the 2008 season and he went to training camp with the Vikings before being released on September 1.

The 5-10, 182-pound Roberson played his college football at Rutgers, where he appeared in 40 games with 19 starts over four years. Though he missed four games during his 2006 senior season due to injury, his final Rutgers campaign was highlighted for an interception return for a touchdown against Illinois. Roberson played his prep ball in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The Buccaneers begin on-field preparations for the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday afternoon. Practice squad players are eligible to participate in midweek sessions but cannot appear in games unless they are first signed to the active roster.

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