Buccaneers claim running back T.J. Logan off waivers

T.J. Logan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
T.J. Logan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made their first waiver claim in the form of former Arizona Cardinals’ running back T.J. Logan.

After cutting their roster down to 53 this weekend, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed former Arizona Cardinals’ running back T.J. Logan off of waivers today according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. The corresponding move to get the Buccaneers back down to 53 players on their roster has yet to be made yet.

The Buccaneers currently have three running backs on their active roster in Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones, and Dare Ogunbowale; Logan will be the fourth unless Ogunbowale is the corresponding move to be made. Logan and Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians had a year together with the Cardinals in 2017, Logan’s rookie year and Arians’ last year as head coach in Arizona.

Logan’s first season on an active roster was last year with the Cardinals where he saw appearances in 10 games, seeing seven targets and catching them all for 37 yards. He had only two carries last season for two yards for the Cardinals in 2018, but now looks to potentially see a bigger role with the Bucs.

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The main contribution that Logan made for the Cardinals last season was in the return game, where he saw 12 returns in the desert. On those double-digit returns, Logan recorded nearly 300 return yards with a long of 36 yards for Arizona last year.

Coming out of North Carolina as a rookie, Logan showed great speed and agility at the combine, running a 4.37 second 40 yard dash and a 6.61 three-cone drill. He does, however, lack size as he is listed at 5-9 and 196 pounds; Logan also posted poor numbers in the vertical jump and bench press.

Throughout his collegiate career, Logan tallied over 2,100 yards in four seasons with 19 total rushing touchdowns; Logan’s career high was just 650 yards rushing during his senior season, however. Through the air, Logan recorded 76 total catches for over 650 yards and four additional scores as a receiver out of the backfield.

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While Logan will not be a threat to Barber or Jones as a primary rusher in Tampa Bay, Logan could siphon off a chunk of Ogunbowale’s role as the Bucs’ third down back. As the Buccaneers prepare for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how Arians plans to deploy their new running back in Tampa Bay.

UPDATE: Defensive lineman Pat O’Conner was waived to make room for Logan (via Greg Auman)