The Bucs have brought up outside linebacker Pat O’Connor from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Tuesday, as Greg Auman of The Athletic Reports.

O’Connor is a third-year player who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2017 but was cut and in September and signed with the Bucs a month later in October.

O’Connor had a strong 2019 preseason and initially made the opening 53-man but was waived and signed to the practice squad a day later so Tampa Bay could sign kick returner T.J. Logan. In three seasons, O’Connor has played in three career games.

In a corresponding move to make room for him on the roster, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Bucs placed quarterback Blaine Gabbert on injured reserve. Gabbert dislocated his left shoulder during week three of the preseason.

He was on the 53-man roster for the beginning of the season while rehabbing the injury, but was inactive for all three games. Quarterback Ryan Griffin will remain the backup behind Jameis Winston.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Wow..why would they put Gabbert on IR if it wasn’t serious.

Anyways, O’Connor’ has earned it by working hard to be back on the 53 man roster.

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Because they need more pass rush help, Shaq Barrett can’t do it by himself and if Nassib don’t pick it up he may find himself out of a job.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 years ago

Nassib has been okay but I agree that having a rotation would be nice. Nelson is also in the mix and JPP will be back soon.

twspin
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 years ago

Well CS ..Bucs have missed on 3 DE’s within the past 2 months who would have greatly helped their pass rush. They passed. And you see wat we have..tons of blitzes which good teams make you pay for. You are right. Barrett cannot do it all by himself. he needs lots of help. You’re gonna get a chance to see what a great Defensive front 4 looks like with them Rams. They..do not..play around. Anybody who remotely thinks JPP is coming back full strength does not know football, He’ll be..in and out.

J.A.S.H.E.R.
2 years ago

So Gabbert done for the year? Or can they bring him back

macabee
Reply to  J.A.S.H.E.R.
2 years ago

Gabbert can be one of two players allowed to return from IR. If Gabbert is chosen to return, he will be eligible to return in week 12. Go Bucs!

SappAttack
2 years ago

Please cut JPP and an alpha to the secondary.

Ramsey comes to mind. We need an F’ing dog out there. Our secondary is much improved but imagine how much better it would be if everyone slides down the depth chart and Ramsey is #1. It’s night and day. We can make this move with cutting JPP alone.

Trade next year’s number 1 and someone like Bunt Cake or MJ Stewart and let’s go.

BucRy
Reply to  SappAttack
2 years ago

Ramsey called in “sick” to jaguars practice because he’s not getting his way…doesn’t sound like much of a dog to me. We really are better off without that guy.

Buc-Up
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

Ryan Clark said on ESPN that it’s pretty much impossible to fake being sick in the NFL. His sources said he threw up twice and they sent someone to his house in order to give him IV fluids. He believes it just bad timing.

SappAttack
Reply to  BucRy
2 years ago

He was on the field when it mattered and played a hell of a game. JPP isnt helping this team win now and we need “win now” guys. Sack Barrett can fill his void. The secondary and O-line need help.

Ramsey helps the team now and for the next 7-10 years. Get it done.

SappAttack
Reply to  SappAttack
2 years ago

F all you 9 people who disliked my post. We just cleared a bunch of cap via JPP. We are halfway to the Ramsey sweepstakes

fredster
2 years ago

Sounds like Gabbert will need surgery.

Ramsey isn’t worth the headache! Guy is a distraction and head case. Don’t want to read his stupid tweets etc every time he’s not happy which is every day pretty much. We have talent at CB they are young and need to play more.

seat26
2 years ago

Bucs lie about injuries all the time. That has been going on long before BA arrived. I would say this means that White is doubtful for Sunday’s game. And it means that Gabbert’s injury is worse than what we were told.
Bucs think they are a leg up when they hide the truth about injured starters but this just makes fans even angrier. Beckwith, JPP, Evans, White, and now Gabbert.

twspin
Reply to  seat26
2 years ago

Come on there S26, Not out Bucs..they would never, ever lie to us diehard fans. I can’t believe it. But then again, they kept ole Sweezy until he healed and he’s now playin hard for them AZ Cardinals..starting I believe.
But out Bucs..Lie? That’s like saying they truly want a winner here huh?!!!!!!! LOL

owlykat
2 years ago

Sure glad we have O’Conner back. I saw Beau Allen playing well when giving Vea a rest. With Taco and O’Conner they need to be inserted at times too in order to keep our starting DL fresh for the fourth Qtr. to beat the Rams!

scubog
Reply to  owlykat
2 years ago

I think you mean Nacho (#56) not the recently released Taco.

owlykat
2 years ago

Hopefully one of our two Veteran OTs that we picked up will know our playbook by now and can step up if Dotson isn’t able to standup to the Rams front four.

plopes808
2 years ago

Well deserved promotion, I think we’re fine with Griffin backing up Jameis

PriMech54
2 years ago

2 Qb’s with O’Connor on as dline depth is how this should’ve looked in the first place so I’m happy to see this, aside from Gabberts injury. Either way this team is a corner and right tackle away from really doing anything in my eyes though. Vern needs to be in the slot and neither MJ or Dotson should be on the field. If Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are killing you then you have major problems that will continue to get exposed by way better weapons. I wonder what the word is on Jamel Dean’s ankle. They could really… Read more »

macabee
2 years ago

Per Jenna Laine -Full list of players the Bucs worked out Tuesday: QB Taryn Christion, RB Quinton Flowers, DB John Franklin, WR Ishmael Hyman (signed), WR Marcus Johnson, WR Codey McElroy, WR Jaydon Mickens and QB Phillip Walker.

No O-Line or D-Line. The Bucs have 6 WRs on the 53 roster and appear to be looking for something in a WR they have not found yet. They cut Anthony Johnson and Damarkus Lodge. They cut Emanuel Hall and signed Amara Darboh. Now Ishmael Hyman joins Darboh on the PS. What are they looking for? You tell me. Go Bucs!

bucscriv
2 years ago

Griffin had a great preseason and will be a good backup. Probably the most disciplined quarterback we’ve had in a long time.
The bright shiny toy (Ramsey) is always popular when things are going wrong, but in the end not worth trading for your 1st for.

tjhuth
2 years ago

Unless Gabbert’s injury will just naturally keep him out until week 12, not sure if it was wise to cut him before the Ram’s D is out if town. But on the flip side, maybe they believe Griffin is as good a second string QB. I hope that is the case over just freeing up a roster spot.

owlykat
2 years ago

Thanks Scubog, I stand corrected. That is who I meant.