The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have filled their lone roster spot by claiming tight end Jordan Leggett off of waivers from the New York Jets.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added the former New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett off of waivers earlier this week, making him the sixth body in the room. Leggett is yet another Mike Maccagnan guy who head coach and interim general manager for the Jets, Adam Gase has parted ways with since taking over. Leggett is heading into his third season after missing his rookie year and playing as a reserve in 2018 behind Chris Herndon IV.
While at Clemson, Leggett was a four-year contributor and was productive and reliable. Leggett walked away from Clemson with 112 catches for 1598 yards and 18 touchdowns while in a Tiger uniform. Leggett was a former fifth-round pick who, after sitting out a year, appeared in 15 games and totaled 114 yards and one touchdown on 14 catches in 2018.
Leggett was a productive player at Clemson so there is reason to believe he still has a ton of upside even after a slow start to his career. The Buccaneers were not alone in putting in a waiver claim for the former Jets tight end, as the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tennessee Titans all placed a claim as well.
With the two starting tight end spots being locked up by veterans O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, Leggett will look to win the third spot on the depth chart over Anthony Auclair and Donnie Ernsberger. The Bucs do not have to waive any current player from the 90-man roster due to the release of veteran leader defensive tackle Gerald McCoy; they are now on hook for the remaining $645,000 of his rookie contract.
Leggett is a low risk addition that can serve as a quality backup and spot starter who costs next to nothing to roster. With the proven tight end depth currently on roster, Leggett does not have to be relied on to perform at a high level but if he is looking for a second contract, he has got to stay healthy and show he can be counted on again like he was during his days at Clemson.