Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said on Monday afternoon that Tampa Bay is trying to find the right secondary combination.
Virtually every rostered member of the defensive backfield has been given an opportunity to start, and after Sterling Moore got his shot on Sunday, and performed well, Tampa Bay parted ways with former Bears CB – and Bucs starter – Tim Jennings.
Jennings signed as a free agent earlier this year and started the season in a reserve role before earning a spot in the starting lineup, but after a poor performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 11, Jennings was relegated back to the bench.
On the season, Jennings had three starts with 17 tackles, one pass breakup and no interceptions.
To fill Jennings’ roster spot, Tampa Bay announced that they have activated tackle Demar Dotson to the 53-man roster from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list.
Dotson (6-9, 315) was placed on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list on September 7 and began his 21-day practice period on October 20. In his seventh season with Tampa Bay, Dotson has started 49-of-70 career games for the Buccaneers.
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Glad to see Dotson; he will have to earn his starting position back, but he can also play other positions so now we have a solid back up at Tackle.
Great news! I’ve been waiting to see Dotson get back in there and battle to regain his starting spot. Jennings has been disappointing so I can’t say I’m sad to see him go. Now we just need to find a replacement for Jenkins in the off season and our secondary should look pretty solid
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