The Buccaneers promoted wide receiver Evan Spencer from the practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.
The move comes days after Tampa Bay released linebacker Orie Lemon, who spent time on an off the practice squad and active roster throughout the season. The Bucs also signed linebacker Darius Eubanks and another receiver, Andre Davis, to round out the 10-man practice squad after Rannell Hall signed with Cleveland.
Spencer, a sixth-round draft pick by Washington in 2015, had a productive collegiate career at Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound receiver played in 50 games for the Buckeyes, recording 52 catches for 579 yards and seven touchdowns. He helped Ohio State win the 2015 national championship during his senior year, catching 15 passes for 149 yards in Urban Meyer’s spread offense.
The Redskins waived Spencer with an injury settlement in the final rounds of roster cuts and he subsequently signed to the Bucs’ practice squad on September 22.
Spencer, who grew up in Chicago, spoke to the media later in the afternoon about the opportunity.
“It’s amazing. I get to fulfill a childhood dream – to suit up for an NFL team, go out there and play football against another NFL team,” Spencer said. “It’s just something that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. And it being against Chicago makes it even better… “I’m sure I’m going to be getting texts all week and after the game. But I’m excited to play, excited to play (the Bears) and I’m ready to contribute in any way that I can.”