Team Promotes Three from Practice Squad, Signs OneThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today tackle Demar Dotson and center Ali Marpet have been placed on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted tight end Alan Cross, defensive end Patrick O’Connor and wide receiver Bobo Wilson from the practice squad to the active roster and signed cornerback Deji Olatoye (pronounced Day-zhee OH-la-toy-aye) to the active roster.
Dotson and Marpet have each started all 11 games for Tampa Bay this season.
Cross (6-1, 235) has played in three games for Tampa Bay this season, with one start, catching two passes for 11 yards. The Memphis, Tennessee native has spent the past eight weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. The Memphis product wears No. 45.
O’Connor (6-4, 270) was signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on October 9. He originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick (250th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chicago native, who played collegiately at Eastern Michigan, wears No. 79 for Tampa Bay.
Olatoye (6-1, 205) played in one game for Tampa Bay this season. In his career, Olatoye has played in 13 regular season games, with two starts, recording 17 tackles, four passes defensed and one interception. He also played in three postseason contests with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. The Dublin, Ohio native, who played collegiately at North Carolina A&T, will wear No. 27 for Tampa Bay.
Wilson (5-9, 186) has spent this season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. The Miami native originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers this past offseason. Wilson, who played collegiately at Florida State, wears No. 85 for Tampa Bay.
The team also announced that cornerback Maurice Fleming, defensive end Patrick Gamble, running back Dare Ogunbowale (pronounced DAR-ay oh-goon-bo-WALL-ay) and tackle Brad Seaton have been signed to the practice squad and cornerback David Rivers has been released from the practice squad.
Fleming (5-11, 202) spent this past offseason and preseason with Tampa Bay, before being waived on August 25. A Chicago native, Fleming played collegiately at West Virginia and will wear No. 30 for Tampa Bay.
Gamble (6-5, 277) spent time on Tampa Bay’s practice squad earlier this season. The Carrollton, Georgia native originally entered the league as a college free agent with the New York Jets this past offseason, spending the offseason and preseason with the Jets before being waived. Gamble played collegiately at Georgia Tech and will wear No. 70 for Tampa Bay.
Ogunbowale (5-11, 205) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Houston Texans this past offseason. The Milwaukee native spent four weeks on Houston’s practice squad before being released on October 6. Ogunbowale, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, will wear No. 44 for Tampa Bay.
Seaton (6-8, 325) comes to Tampa Bay after having spent the majority of the season on the Tennessee Titans practice squad. The Greenwich, Connecticut native was a seventh-round pick (236th overall) by the Titans in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Villanova and will wear No. 60 for Tampa Bay.