Buccaneers sign DE Markus White to active roster

White pressures Rudy Carpenter during the 2011 preseason - Rob Carr

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have replaced injured linebacker Quincy Black with defensive end Markus White. The latter has spent most of the season on the Tampa Bay practice squad, with the exception of one game he played for the Washington Redskins. White is capable of rushing the passer with his hand on or off the ground, but has no career sacks. To be fair, he's had no real opportunities to collect them, either.

White was a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State last season for the Washington Redskins, and he played two games for them, mostly on special teams. White is unlikely to spend much time on the field outside of special teams.

Linebacker Adam Hayward is likely to start for Quincy Black, although Dekoda Watson could see some more snaps too. Hayward is a better run stopper and more experienced, but Watson can (kind of) function as a pass rusher, while his speed allows him to be a little more flexible in coverage. Rookie linebackers Najee Goode could see some playing time too, after being active for just one game this season so far.

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