The Buccaneers have injury and talent issues at tight end, and today they made a roster move to shore things up at the position while giving up on a running back that had brought a bit of optimism to Bucs’ fans earlier this summer.
According to multiple reports on Twitter, the Buccaneers have moved on from Peyton Hillis to promote Danny Noble to the active roster, giving the Bucs five tight ends on the active roster.
Buccaneers promote tight end Danny Noble to active roster from practice squad, according to league source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 21, 2013
The Bucs are releasing RB Peyton Hillis
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 21, 2013
Tampa Bay had injury concerns at tight end entering Week 3′s game against the Patriots, with Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree both appearing on the injury report as “questionable.” Noble had a few promising moments in the preseason, and will get an opportunity on Sunday to show what he can do, as he’ll likely be on the active roster with the injured tight ends missing out.
Hillis never seemed like he was going to see the field, as Doug Martin has been handling a majority of the carries. Brian Leonard earned the job as the primary backup, and Mike James seemed to be favored as a backup to Hillis. But James was injured late in the preseason, and that seemingly gave Hillis a pass to make the roster.
It was honestly a matter of time before Hillis was let go in favor of another position of need. He’s just not versatile enough to help in any other area if he’s not playing running back.
The Buccaneers will likely have additional roster moves over the next two weeks as their tight ends return to health.