The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made two roster moves on Saturday. The Bucs promoted running back Clifton Smith from the practice squad to the active roster. In order to open up a roster spot for Smith, the team cut offensive tackle Anthony Davis.
The move to add Smith to the roster was done to bolster the special teams. The rookie Dexter Jackson has struggled as kick and punt returner through the first seven games of the season. The second-round pick has averaged 4.9 yards per punt return on 20 returns this season. As a kick returner, Jackson has brought back 14 kick offs and averaged 23.4 yards per return.
In his career at Fresno State, Smith returned 10 kickoffs and averaged 18.2 yards per return. Smith (5-8, 190) had more success as a punt returner. He averaged 16.6 yards per punt return and brought five back for touchdowns. In 2005, Smith set an NCAA record with three punts returned for 189 yards and two touchdowns against Weber State.
Davis had been with Tampa Bay since the 2003 season. He started 33 consecutive games at left tackle for the Bucs over all regular season games and a playoff game in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Davis lost his starting spot at left tackle when the Buccaneers signed Luke Petitgout before the 2007 season. Left tackle Donald Penn earned the backup job to Petitgout, and replaced the veteran when Petitgout went down with a season-ending injury in the fourth game of the '07 season. Penn has retained the starting left tackle position since then.
Smith is expected to be active on Sunday. Fullback B.J. Askew and wide receiver Maurice Stovall did not travel with the team to Dallas, and will not play against the Cowboys.