The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have promoted tight end Cameron Brate from the practice squad, signed tight end D.J. Williams and waived wide receiver Marcus Thigpen. The team also signed linebacker Denicos Allen, tight end Taylor Sloat and fullback Evan Rodriguez to the practice squad, while releasing tight end Ted Bolser and cornerback Quinton Pointer from the practice squad.
Brate (6-5, 235) has been on the Buccaneers’ practice squad for all 12 weeks this season. Brate played collegiately at Harvard and entered the league this past offseason as a college free agent with Tampa Bay.
Williams (6-2, 245) originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (141st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Now in his fourth season out of Arkansas, Williams has appeared in 35 career games, with three starts, totaling nine receptions for 70 yards. After spending his first two seasons with Green Bay (2011-12), Williams played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots in 2013. Williams spent this past offseason and preseason with the Patriots.
Allen and Sloat each spent time on the Buccaneers’ practice squad earlier this season.
Rodriguez (6-2, 239) originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
about time how about the punter also
Knew Thigpen’s days were numbered. I remember the good old days when Danny Reece never raised his hand to make a fair catch and still caught the ball. Still searching for that “elusive” return specialist. Right now I’d settle for a “catch and secure the ball” specialist. Be nice to get to the 20 yard line on kick-offs too. Another position where mediocre has become the norm.
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