Per Tampa Bay Bucs Press Release: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have promoted tight end Cameron Brate from the practice squad, signed tight end D.J. Williams and waived wide receiver Marcus Thigpen. The team also signed linebacker Denicos Allen, tight end Taylor Sloat and fullback Evan Rodriguez to the practice squad, while releasing tight end Ted Bolser and cornerback Quinton Pointer from the practice squad.
Brate (6-5, 235) has been on the Buccaneers’ practice squad for all 12 weeks this season. Brate played collegiately at Harvard and entered the league this past offseason as a college free agent with Tampa Bay.
Williams (6-2, 245) originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (141st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Now in his fourth season out of Arkansas, Williams has appeared in 35 career games, with three starts, totaling nine receptions for 70 yards. After spending his first two seasons with Green Bay (2011-12), Williams played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots in 2013. Williams spent this past offseason and preseason with the Patriots.
Allen and Sloat each spent time on the Buccaneers’ practice squad earlier this season.
Rodriguez (6-2, 239) originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards.
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