The Bucs continue to tinker with their roster in advance of this season’s playoffs. On Thursday, they added another piece in veteran speedster John Brown to their practice squad.

The signing of Brown reunites him with head coach Bruce Arians, who drafted Brown in the third round of the 2014 draft. The wide receiver room has taken a hit in recent weeks, and Brown’s knowledge of Arians system should allow him to integrate quickly.

In his four season with Arians and the Cardinals, Brown totaled 173 catches for 2,515 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had his first 1,000-yard season in 2015. The eight-year veteran has 320 receptions for 4,748 yards and 31 touchdowns in 100 career games and 65 starts.

With Cyril Grayson sidelined with a hamstring injury and Breshad Perriman working through an injury of his own, Brown gives the Bucs a good insurance policy should they need help throughout the playoffs. This will be Brown’s fourth team this season. Signing with the Raiders in the offseason, Brown asked for and was granted his release in August. He has also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos, playing in two games for each organization.

In a subsequent move, the Bucs have released running back Darwin Thompson from the practice squad.

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BucLife
BucLife
4 months ago

I remember him being a pretty high priced FA just a couple years ago. Don’t know what happened in the meantime to make his production drop that much or why this is already his 4th team this year, but I like the potential he has.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  BucLife
4 months ago

He’s injury prone.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Dude
4 months ago

Well dude it’s only a four game season at this point. They should have done this last week when AB quit on his teammates.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Dude
4 months ago

Don’t we have enough injury? So it will take a few games for him to get acclimated and then out with injury for the big game. Well, he is better than signing TO, that is for sure.

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

Hey, if he’s got solid hands, Brady will make good use of him. I’ll take anyone that can hold their own.
By the way, If it rains on Sun, we’re gonna need Fournette, Vaughn and Bell to go off…

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

He had 4.3 speed. That was 8 years ago, let say he can still do mid 4.4, he would still be second fastest receiver on the team after Miller, maybe after Perriman as well. Can help to stretch the field for Evans.

TBChucky
TBChucky
4 months ago

I like the signing. Decent insurance policy..

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

A teams gotta do whatta a teams gotta do. We have to be prepared. This is just an insurance policy.

Horse
Horse
4 months ago

Anybody knows his Height and Weight?

MWD
MWD
Reply to  Horse
4 months ago

He was drafted 5’10 / 178

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
Reply to  Horse
4 months ago

Tiny and small

Spitfire
Spitfire
4 months ago

Total B.S. on the MVP vote. If I had to pick between having Brady or Rodgers as my QB I would pick Brady every single time. Rodgers is a cry baby quitter. He’s a prima Donna. He would never be my pick over Brady. I don’t care about him having only 2 INTs, Brady had more TDs and is just cooler under pressure and turned in one of the best years of his career and is not only the Most Important player on the Bucs but for the entire NFL. He’s like Jordan. The NFL will suffer once Brady retires…… Read more »

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

Hopefully in the end it will motivate Brady to prove those idiots wrong and wreck everyone in our way…

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17
4 months ago

Makes total sense. The only receivers we were EVER going to sign at this point in the season were those who had played in an Arians offense previously. This system just takes receivers too long to grasp to really be able to execute reliably. And there’s no way we’d have someone on the field who didn’t understand the billion checks and post-snap option routes this offense demands of its receivers. Any outside help was always going to be from someone who wouldn’t have to learn the whole thing from scratch. Still seems clear that even Brown is just an insurance… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

Gee, the Pewter Report gang missed a golden opportunity to get folk’s attention with a much more intriguing headline like, “Bucs Add WR Brown for Playoffs”