A recent flurry of roster moves, including the promotions of Aaron Morgan and LeQuan Lewis to the active roster, left the Buccaneers with an open spot on their eight-man practice squad going into Wednesday morning. The team filled that vacancy just in time for the week’s first practice, signing second-year defensive end Lazarius “Pep” Levingston.
Levingston’s only other NFL team to date is the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him out of LSU in the seventh round in 2011. Levingston started his rookie season on the Seahawk’s practice squad but was promoted to the active roster in November, eventually getting into four games and contributing one tackle. He went back to training camp with the Seahawks this summer but was released in the final cuts.
At LSU, the 6-4, 292-pound Levingston played in 48 games, starting 22 during his final two seasons, and recorded 70 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss. He hails from Ruston, Louisiana.
The Bucs were down a defensive end on their 61-man roster (active plus practice squad) after promoting Morgan from the practice squad and releasing George Johnson late last week. Levingston is the second addition to the practice squad this week, joining TE LaMark Brown, who was signed on Tuesday.