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An injury on the practice field Tuesday led to a trio of roster moves for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, all related to the wide receiver position.
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Wideout Donteea Dye was hurt during Tuesday’s practice and has been placed on injured reserve, bringing his season to an end. The Bucs filled the resulting opening on the active roster and the fifth spot on the receiving corps by promoting first-year wide receiver Bernard Reedy from the practice squad. And, to keep the overall numbers at wideout the same, the team signed former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to the practice squad, replacing Reedy.
Donteea Dye wasn’t quite ready to return to game action last weekend, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to give him an opportunity to get back to that level.
Dye, a second-year wide receiver who played in 10 games for the Buccaneers last year, was re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. He first returned to the team last week, signing with the practice squad on Monday and then getting a promotion to the active roster on Wednesday. However, after a week of practice it was determined that Dye needed a bit more time to round back into game shape, so his spot on the 53-man roster went instead to wide receiver Freddie Martino.
The Buccaneers had previously waived the former undrafted free agent on August 30, during the league-wide roster cuts from 90 to 75 players. Because Dye was waived with an injury settlement, he was prohibited from re-signing with Tampa Bay for a period of three weeks plus the length of the settlement (three regular-season games). That meant that the earliest possible return day for the young receiver was this past Monday. Dye could have signed with any other team in the interim.
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The Buccaneers also placed starting wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve on Tuesday and got wide receiver Cecil Shorts back on the practice field after a three-game absence due to a hamstring injury. In addition, wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has been on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of the season, started practicing this week in anticipation of a possible return to the active roster.
Jacquizz Rodgers is stepping up in the absence of Doug Martin and Charles Sims. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually hope he follows in the footsteps of Fozzy Whittaker, Christine Michael, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and LeSean McCoy.
That first pair of backs represented the Buccaneers’ outstanding 1-2 punch returning from 2015, as Martin and Sims were the only pair of running back teammates to each surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year. However, Sims is now on injured reserve with a knee ailment and Martin is out indefinitely after aggravating a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since Week Two.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone from light on tailbacks to fully stocked in less than a week. On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of sixth-year veteran back Jacquizz Rodgers, who played his first four seasons for division-rival Atlanta. Rodgers fills the roster spot created on Monday when defensive end Jacquies Smith was placed on injured reserve.
Rodgers is averaging 4.7 yards per carry as he continues to fill in for an injured Doug Martin. As it stands, Rodgers’ 154 rushing yards are the third-most of any running back in Week 7, though the Broncos and Texans have yet to play this week.
Just one other running back appeared on PFF’s list – Miami’s Jay Ajayi, who picked up 214 yards and is currently the league-leader for Week 7.
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Rookie RB Peyton Barber salted the game away in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run.
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The Buccaneers had a handful of undrafted rookies see significant playing time in 2016, with DaVonte Lambert taking 424 snaps, Peyton Barber taking 295, Alan Cross taking 266 and Javien Elliott taking 212. Lambert started five games while Elliott started one.
Rodgers’ biggest play in Sunday’s win over the 49ers was a 45-yard run in the second quarter, which set up a Roberto Aguayo field goal. That was the longest run of his career, and it was the Bucs’ longest of the game, but only barely. Rookie RB Peyton Barber salted the game away in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run, the longest of his (very brief) career.
After a standout performance against the 49ers in Week 7, Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber has been nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award. Barber rushed for 84 yards and buccaneers jerseys cheap a touchdown on 12 carries, averaging seven yards per attempt. Only one running back in the league with 10 or more carries averaged more yards per attempt than Barber in Week 7. Barber had just three carries for five yards in his previous five games.
After a dominant performance against the Seahawks in Week 12, Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence has been nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award. He is the second Buccaneer rookie to be nominated for the award this season after Peyton Barber was a finalist in Week 7.
Spence recorded 1.5 sacks against Seattle, a career-high for him, along with a forced fumble and five tackles. Of his five tackles, two were solo. He was a part of a six-sack effort as Tampa Bay upended Seattle, 14-5, at home. Spence has 5.5 sacks on the year, the second-most among rookies. Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue leads all rookies with six sacks.
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On Friday, the Buccaneers placed Bond, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft, on injured reserve and filled his roster spot by re-signing linebacker Josh Keyes. Bond had not played in the first two games of the season as he recovered from a preseason hamstring injury but had returned to full participation in practice to start the week. However, Bond was not able to practice on Thursday, presumably due to a setback with the hamstring.
Those three drafts have also produced defensive starters in Hargreaves and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, a 2016 Pro Bowl alternate. That number could eventually double depending upon the development of Spence and Smith, the latter of whom will go back to cornerback in 2017 after an attempted conversion to safety. Devante Bond, a linebacker picked in the sixth round last spring, spent his rookie season on injured reserve.
The only player on the 53-man roster who did not practice at all on Wednesday, was tight end Luke Stocker, who sat out with a back ailment. Rookie linebacker Devante Bond, who missed the final two preseason games with a hamstring strain, is on the injury report as well, although he was able to practice in a limited fashion. Rookie safety Ryan Smith rounds out the Bucs’ list; he has a hand injury but was able to participate fully in Wednesday’s workout.
A year ago, the Buccaneers signed veteran linebacker Daryl Smith to a one-year deal in free agency and then drafted Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond in the sixth round a month later. With the “Mike” and “Will” positions in Tampa Bay’s defense filled more than ably by Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, respectively, this looked like a two-part approach to addressing the “SAM,” or strongside linebacker, spot.
As expected, Smith stepped in as the SAM starter and provided the steady play the Bucs anticipated getting from a 13th-year veteran with experience in Mike Smith’s system. Bond was expected to make an early impact on special teams, and at the same time he would have had a chance to learn defense with a shot at possibly starting down the road.
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When Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David was chosen by Team Irvin in the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft and Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin was selected by Team Rice.
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It set up the very real possibility of some Buccaneer-on-Buccaneer violence. As it turned out, David and Martin ran into each other on the very first play that both Bucs were on the field Sunday.
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David believes all children have the ability to persevere on and off the field. That belief drives his commitment to mentoring underserved youth through his tireless work as a national ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
By most accounts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David has been playing at a Pro Bowl level since at least his second season in the NFL. The reason he had failed to get official Pro Bowl recognition was no mystery: The outside linebacker spots in the all-star game were mostly taken by 3-4 edge rushers with gaudy sack totals and completely different game-day assignments.
As much as he’s enjoying the week, David hasn’t quite let go of that feeling of being passed over the last couple years, and almost a third time in 2015. That’s good news for Buccaneers fans – David is clearly motivated to take his game to a level where he won’t have to wait for a last-minute call to Hawaii.
“Yeah I feel validated, but at the same time, I was an alternate,” he said. “I want to be one of those guys that’s automatically voted in from the get-go. I’m embracing this; it’s a great moment, something I can put on my résumé. But hopefully in the years to come I can be one of the first guys voted in.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is so important because it is a chance to impact a child’s life,” said David. “Being in the position I’m in, I feel like there is a great need for me to go back and help the youth in the community and let them know I care about them and want them to succeed in life just as much as I have.”
Lavonte David elite jersey and his outreach work with youth and mentors embodies Bucs for a Better Bay, the Buccaneers far reaching commitment to improving Tampa communities now and for generations to come.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with the 11th overall pick in April, then set about determining exactly what role he would play in their defense. If there was ever any doubt that role would be a large one, it didn’t last long. By the team’s mandatory mini-camp in June, Head Coach Dirk Koetter was already making it clear that his rookie corner could excel on the outside or in the slot.
On Friday, the Buccaneers’ rookies took the field at One Buc Place for their first practice in Tampa Bay, albeit in helmets and shorts. It marked the first practice for first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves, who the Buccaneers selected No. 11 overall last weekend. With media members in attendance, Hargreaves worked in the slot as well as on the outside during the 90-minute session.
Hargreaves, who is coming off perhaps the best game of his young career in Sunday’s win at San Diego, agrees and attributes that to greatly-increased comfort level in Mike Smith’s defense.
“The ball was in the air and I have to make a play,” he said of his first interception. “It’s not that complicated. It was fairly simple. At the end of the day, I have to make a play. It’s simple, it’s always about the ball. Everything is always about the ball. I have to find a way to stay close to it and make a play on it.”
The 6-3, 305-pound Coe entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Akron with the Dallas Cowboys this past spring. He racked up 12 tackles for the Cowboys during preseason play but was waived during the roster cutdown to 53 players. Also an undrafted rookie, Hansbrough went to training camp with the Buccaneers and was signed to the practice squad last week after being waived in the same round of cuts.