As the grueling NFL season continues, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a handful of roster moves ahead of their battle with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to adjust their defensive line with the release veteran defensive end Will Clarke and the promotion of defensive lineman Demone Harris to the active roster.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported the pair of moves on Tuesday.
Clarke played a handful of snaps with the Buccaneers in three games. Tampa Bay cut Clarke following the preseason but returned for added depth shortly after. He didn’t record a tackle or a sack on the season.
Tampa Bay promoted Harris from the practice squad after Clarke was let go. The Bucs signed Harris as an undrafted free agent after Buffalo. With a deep group of defensive linemen, he needed to stand out during camp to make the team.
His didn’t fill the stat sheet in the preseason but showed enough to earn a spot on the practice squad. Harris has now worked his way up the ranks to the active roster. He is on the cusp of his first NFL snaps on Sunday against the Falcons.
Harris will likely play the same role as Clarke. He won’t get a lengthy opportunity, but it will be an excellent way for the Bucs coaching staff to see how Harris holds up against the best the NFL has to offer.
Tampa Bay also signed wide receiver Damoun Patterson to their practice squad, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Patterson spent the preseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was waived/injured before the regular season.
Patterson will provide depth to one of the most talented units the Bucs have to offer.