That vacancy on the Bucs’ roster that was created on Friday morning by the release of DE Markus White has been filled, as expected, in advance of Sunday’s game against New Orleans. Raise your hand if you had LeQuan Lewis as the man ticketed for that spot.
It is Lewis, the first-year cornerback out of Arizona State, who completed the Bucs’ 53-man roster on Saturday by being promoted from the practice squad. As such, he has the opportunity to pull off a somewhat uncommon feat, playing both for and against the Buccaneers in the same season.
Oh, and White is back, too. The Buccaneers re-signed him to their practice squad, neatly taking the spot vacated by Lewis.
The 5-11, 193-pound Lewis was on the Cowboys’ active roster for three weeks in September, and he helped Dallas’ defensive effort against Tampa Bay in a 16-10 win in Texas in Week Three. Lewis had one tackle and one pass defensed in that very tight ballgame. The Bucs snatched him up after he had been waived by the Cowboys earlier this month. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tennessee in 2011 and has also spent time with the Jets.
Lewis is obviously the player the Bucs needed at this moment, and he is considered a very good special teams player, so he could even be active on Sunday against the Saints. Of course, given that the team has started its 21-day evaluation period on DE Da’Quan Bowers, who is on currently on the PUP list, there was some outside speculation that the team was holding a spot open for him to be activated this weekend. But Head Coach Greg Schiano said early in the week that it wasn’t the plan to bring Bowers up that quickly, after only a few days of practice. So it’s LeQuan, not Da’Quan on the transaction list Saturday, and the evaluation of Bowers will continue next week. The Bucs play at Minnesota next Thursday night.