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.