The Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw rookies and quarterbacks report to training camp on Saturday, which means camp is officially underway in 2022.
And, as a result, the Buccaneers placed two players on the NFL’s Active/PUP list. But it wasn’t all bad news: they also signed one of their two unsigned draft picks.
Cornerback Don Gardner and guard Sadarius Hutcherson were both placed on the list Saturday. Gardner’s injury is undisclosed and Hutcherson is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered during the 2021 preseason.
Gardner is an undrafted rookie who is hoping to compete for a depth spot at cornerback, while Hutcherson is looking to get back on track and impress like he did last year.
Both players will not be able to practice during training camp until either is removed from the PUP list and both count against the NFL’s 90-man roster limit. They can be removed at any time and return to practice once that happens. However, once removed, they cannot go back on the list. So, the Buccaneers have to be very judicious when it comes to clearing Gardner and Hutcherson.
The Buccaneers also signed Logan Hall, their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and the first pick of the second round (33rd overall), on Saturday. The move leaves only Cade Otton, the tight end drafted in the fourth round out of Washington, as the lone, unsigned draftee.
Hall’s signing was crucial and came right down to the last minute for both parties. But, now, Hall is under contract and will be able to dive right in as camp is underway at the AdventHealth Training Center.
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