The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves Wednesday.
The Bucs released running back Joe Smith and guard/long snapper James Broyles from the eight-man practice squad. Those roster spots were filled by former South Florida wide receiver Huey Whittaker and fullback Casey Moore, both of whom signed on to the Bucs’ taxi squad on Wednesday.
In addition to those roster moves, Tampa Bay released defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks and defensive end Lamar King from injured reserve.
The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Whittaker entered the NFL last April as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played three seasons at USF and set school records for receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,447). He also caught seven touchdowns.
Whittaker is a Spring Hills, Florida native and played his college home games at Raymond James Stadium, which is the same stadium the Bucs call home.
“Hopefully I can last long enough to get on the field here and get on offense,” said Whittaker. “I’m home. It’s cool. It’s a great opportunity for me.”
Moore (6-1, 240), who attended St. Petersburg High School, spent the first two years of his pro career with the Carolina Panthers, but he spent last season on injured reserve. He entered the NFL in 2003 as a seventh-round draft pick.
At Stanford, Moore started 44 straight games at fullback and rushed for 961 yards, hauled in 50 passes and scored 16 touchdowns.
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