After releasing Stevie Tu’ikolovatu on Wednesday, the team’s seventh-round draft pick in 2017, it freed a roster spot for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to add wide receiver Xavier Ubosi, a rookie out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Ubosi began his college football career at Pierce College, a community college in Los Angeles, before transferring to UAB. In his junior and senior seasons with the Blazers, Ubosi compiled 1,065 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 48 total receptions.

Most of Ubosi’s production came in his senior season, where he hauled in eight of his nine career touchdowns and after totaling 837 yards on just 35 catches, lead the NCAA with 23.8 yards per reception.

Ubosi is likely added for wide receiver depth as the Bucs have seen a number of their wide outs miss practice time, with Breshad Perriman sitting out due to an injured shoulder while Mike Evans and Cortrelle Simpson were both non-participants at this past Tuesday’s OTA’s.

Ubosi was previously signed and waived by both the New England Patriots and, most recently, the New York Jets before joining the Buccaneers.

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Buc stops here
2 years ago

If this is more than a short term pickup I will be surprised. Once those others are healthy again he becomes expendable.

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Not sure why this is even news, Let me know when we sign some OLine help or defensive end to replace JPP.

2 years ago

Yarn…I’m waiting to see WHO..we are gonna pick up for some D-line help. I’m just hopin there is a DE somewheres out there who can help us.

2 years ago

This better explains the Stevie T release (not that that was much of a needle-mover). The team wants more receiver depth than D line. Makes sense when you have multiple QB’s running drills simultaneously.

Ron Potter
2 years ago

Sounds like a signing that needed to be made simply to make the OTAs work. We’re obviously taking a hard look at our secondary and with the WR injuries and WR non-participants, it sounds like we needed some WRs in camp to do the drills.

Andy Ely
2 years ago

Everyone complaining about needing d-line help. I guarantee they are doing their due diligence right now on that front. They will add more guys, and they are also probably waiting to see who are surprise cuts when the final cut downs happen after the preseason. This team in no where near complete yet.