The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted wide receiver Donteea Dye from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace Vincent Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve yesterday.
Dye had 11 catches for 132 yards and one touchdown in 10 games last season after entering the league as an undrafted free agent, acting as Jackson’s replacement in several of those games. He was inconsistent, though, and hardly performed like a quality starter. The 6’0”, 195 lbs. receiver has speed and potential, but has yet to show that he can play a reliable role in any receiving corps.
The Bucs are more likely to turn to Cecil Shorts as a starting receiver, who has more experience and a somewhat proven track record — that is, if he’s healthy. Louis Murphy is also a good candidate, but he’s only just started practice, so his return might be a few weeks away. There’s also special teams ace Russell Shepard, who has been inconsistent but promising when he’s gotten a chance at receiver.