Buccaneers Release Three Players

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media at an introduction press conference at the team training facility January 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It's the first in a series of cuts the Bucs will need to make by the September 1 deadline.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun the process of getting their roster down to 53 players, as they announced the release of three players on Thursday:

Anderson, Lewis and VanDerMeulen were all undrafted free agents, so it's no real surprise that they were cut. All three came from smaller colleges -- Toledo (VanDerMeulen), Lewis (Central Washington) and Wanger (Anderson) -- so they had a higher hurdle than most to make an NFL roster.

There will be many more cuts coming in the next few days, as Tampa Bay will need to have a maximum of 75 players in camp by Aug 27 and then the final 53 man roster for the 2012 season by Sep 1.

For more coverage of the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation as well as SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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