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Updates: Jaydon Mickens Fills Open Roster Spot

13 Sep 2021, 19:26 GMT+10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Keep informed with our daily updates: news, notes and more throughout the Bucs regular season Scott Smith

Sept 11 Updates

Jaydon Mickens

#85 WR

Height: 5-11 Weight: 170 lbs College: Washington

The Buccaneers didn't waste time filling the open spot on their 53-man roster, promoting wide receiver Jaydon Mickens from the practice squad on Saturday. Mickens had played in the season opener as an elevation from the practice squad, and his strong outing in the return game apparently prompted the Bucs to bring him back to the active roster.

The Bucs had opened that spot on Friday by waiving first-year safety Chris Cooper.

CLICK HERE for more details on the promotion of Mickens from the practice squad.


Sept 10 Updates

Chris Cooper

#39 S

Height: 5-10 Weight: 202 lbs College: Stony Brook

The Bucs waived first-year safety Chris Cooper on Friday, the day after their opening-night win over the Dallas Cowboys. Cooper was one of seven players named inactive for that game.

No other move was announced on Friday so the Bucs will head into the weekend with an open spot on their 53-man roster.

CLICK HERE for more on Friday's roster move.


Sept 9 Updates

Andrew Adams

#26 S

Height: 5-11 Weight: 205 lbs College: Connecticut

The Buccaneers used the practice squad elevation rule introduced in 2020 to bring up safety Andrew Adams and wide receiver Jaydon Mickens for Thursday night's 2021 season opener against Dallas. That increased the pool of available players for the Bucs to 55 (though safety Jordan Whitehead has been ruled out). Adams and Mickens could play against the Cowboys if they are kept among the 47 or 48 active players for the game.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information on the Bucs' Week One practice squad elevations.


Sept 8 Updates

Jordan Whitehead

#33 S

Height: 5-10 Weight: 198 lbs College: Pittsburgh

The Buccaneers' finally injury report of the week lists starting safety Jordan Whitehead as out for Thursday night's Kickoff Game against the Cowboys, as was expected. Whitehead has not practiced for several weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Otherwise, the Buccaneers' Week One injury report is good news. The other six players on the report are all cleared to play against the Cowboys.

CLICK HERE for a closer look at Wednesday's injury report.


Jose Borregales

#19 K

Height: 5-10 Weight: 206 lbs College: Miami

The Buccaneers signed rookie kicker Jose Borregales to the practice squad on Wednesday after he cleared waivers. The team had initially kept Borregales on the 53-man roster while veteran kicker Ryan Succop was on the reserve/COVID-19 list but Succop has since been activated. Borregales was waived on Monday when the team also activated Ndamukong Suh from the COVID list.

Borregales fills the 16th and final spot on the Bucs' Week One practice squad. He played in all three preseason games and was 1-2 on both field goals and extra point tries, with both misses blocked.

CLICK HERE for more on the addition of Jose Borregales to the practice squad.


Sept 7 Updates

Chris Godwin

#14 WR

Height: 6-1 Weight: 208 lbs College: Penn State

Wide receiver Chris Godwin was added to the Bucs' injury report on Tuesday, as he was limited in practice with a quad issue. However, after practice Head Coach Bruce Arians said that the only player currently out for Thursday's game is safety Jordan Whitehead and that the rest of the players were "ready to roll."

The Buccaneers also gave veteran rest days on Tuesday to tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive lineman Steve McLendon and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul.

CLICK HERE for a more detailed look at the Tuesday injury reports for the Buccaneers and Cowboys.


Sept 6 Updates

Jordan Whitehead

#33 S

Height: 5-10 Weight: 198 lbs College: Pittsburgh

Safety Jordan Whitehead was the only player who was held out when the Buccaneers released their first injury report of 2021. Whitehead is recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since mid-August. If Whitehead is unavailable on Thursday night, which appears likely, Mike Edwards will start in his place. Whitehead started all 20 games for the Buccaneers in 2020, including the playoffs, though he played through a shoulder injury late in the postseason and subsequently had surgery in the offseason.

CLICK HERE for more on the Buccaneers' first official injury report of 2021.


Tom Brady

#12 QB

Height: 6-4 Weight: 225 lbs College: Michigan

The Buccaneers announced their 2021 team captains on Monday...and they're the same six as in 2020.

Tom Brady and Mike Evans are the captains on offense, Lavonte David and Devin White get the "C" jerseys on defense and Bradley Pinion and Kevin Minter repeat their captaincies on special teams. Captains are chosen by a vote among the players and this is the eighth straight season that David has been awarded a "C" on his jersey. Evans is now in his fifth straight year as a captain.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' selections of their captains for 2021.


Ndamukong Suh

#93 DL

Height: 6-4 Weight: 313 lbs College: Nebraska

Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, the last of four players to return after going on that list prior to the preseason finale in Houston. The Buccaneers waived rookie kicker Jose Borregales in order to make room for Suh on the 53-man roster.

Suh is now cleared to play in Thursday's season opener against Dallas, where he will help the Buccaneers' defense try to contain power back Ezekiel Elliott. Suh has been at the heart of a Bucs run defense that ranked first in the NFL in each of the last two seasons. He also contributed 6.0 sacks in 2020, his highest total since 2015.

CLICK HERE for more on Suh's return from the COVID list.


Sept 5 Updates

The Buccaneers activated guard Earl Watford from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday but then immediately placed him on the injured reserve list. Thus, no other move was necessary on the 53-man roster.

Watford re-signed with the Buccaneers in mid-August after the team experienced a rash of offensive line injuries in training camp. He was also on the Bucs' practice squad for the Super Bowl and he played the 2019 season in Tampa, making four starts.

CLICK HERE for more on the moves regarding Earl Watson.


Sept 3 Updates

Nick Leverett

#60 G

Height: 6-4 Weight: 310 lbs College: Rice

Tampa Bay activated first-year guard Nick Leverett from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and placed outside linebacker Cam Gill on injured reserve.

Though it was delayed by a few days by COVID, Leverett managed to earn a spot on the 53-man roster with his impressive display of versatility during training camp and the preseason. Leverett originally signed with the Buccaneers as a guard and an undrafted rookie in 2020 but has since seen extensive playing time at left tackle. He also got a crash course in playing center midway through camp and actually started the second preseason game at that spot. Gill initially made the active roster but went on IR due to a calf injury; he will be eligible to return after at least three weeks on that list.

CLICK HERE for more details on the Leverett and Gill moves.


Sept 2 Updates

Ryan Succop

#3 K

Height: 6-2 Weight: 218 lbs College: South Carolina

As they returned to the practice field after a four-day 'mini-bye,' the Buccaneers activated kicker Ryan Succop from the reserve/COVID-19 list. The veteran kicker stabilized a troublesome position for the Buccaneers in 2020, making 37 of his 40 field goal tries, including the postseason.

The Buccaneers also filled five of their remaining six practice squad spots on Thursday, with one of them going to returning safety Andrew Adams. Adams played the past three seasons for the Buccaneers but had left in the 2021 offseason to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs eagerly brought him back after he was released by Philadelphia in the league-wide roster cuts.

CLICK HERE for more on Ryan Succop's activation and various practice squad signings. CLICK HERE for more on the practice squad signing of running back Darwin Thompson.


Sept 1 Updates

Ryan Griffin

#4 QB

Height: 6-4 Weight: 218 lbs College: Tulane

One day after trimming their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players, the Buccaneers began the process of forming their initial practice squad of 2021. Among the nine players signed to that unit on Wednesday was veteran quarterback Ryan Griffin. Griffin had been on Tampa Bay's active roster for each of the past six seasons but was waived on Tuesday as the Bucs elected to keep rookie second-rounder Kyle Trask along with Tom Brady's primary backup, Blaine Gabbert.

Wide receivers Travis Jonsen and Cyril Grayson were also among the nine players signed to the practice squad on Wednesday.

CLICK HERE for more on the Bucs' first practice squad signings of 2021.

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