The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent a lot of time this year moving wideouts from the practice squad to the active roster, trying to find the best fit. That continues this week, as they’ve promoted wideout Donteea Dye. He’ll hit the active roster immediately and could play in the next game.
In a corresponding move, the team has re-signed RB Russell Hansbrough. He’s now on the practice squad.
Dye is 6-0, 195 pounds. He was not drafted after college – he played for Heidelberg – but the Bucs signed him in 2015. He made an impression right away, getting five starts and appearing in 10 games. In that time, he caught 11 balls, put up 132 yards, and scored a touchdown.
Dye was still with the team this offseason and during the preseason. However, he was waived due to injury before the regular season began. The Bucs brought him back two days ago, signing him to the practice squad, and he’s quickly found his way to the active roster. They hope he can improve on his numbers from last year.
Hansbrough is 5-9, 195 pounds, and he played his college ball for Missouri. He debuted in the NFL in Week 5, when the Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers in a low-scoring affair that they won on a field goal. He did not have a single stat in that game, though. He was then cut, but has now been brought back. He’s going to be No. 44, while Dye will get No. 17.