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Buccaneers claim five off waivers, including QB Ryan Griffin

TAMPA, Fla. -- There are advantages that come with going 2-14.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers realized that in the college draft when they took quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick. On Sunday, they took advantage of a side benefit.

They hold the top spot in the waiver-wire process and they used it -- five times. The Bucs claimed defensive end Kourtnei Brown, linebacker Jeremiah George, quarterback Ryan Griffin, linebacker James-Michael Johnson and center Eric Kush.

To make room for them, the team released linebacker Jason Williams and waived tight end Cameron Brate, guard Kadeem Edwards, tackle Reid Fragel and wide receiver Rannell Hall.

Johnson has the most experience of the new players. He is entering his fourth season and has appeared in 42 games with 18 starts while playing for Cleveland and Kansas City.

Griffin might be the most intriguing name on the list because he’s a quarterback. He’s been with the New Orleans Saints since coming out of Tulane undrafted in 2013. He has yet to appear in an NFL game, but he did some good things in the preseason. The Bucs are set with Winston as their starter and Mike Glennon as the backup. But Griffin will get a look as a developmental player.