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Buccaneers promote Josh Huff to 53-man roster

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted wide receiver Josh Huff to the active roster, placing Cecil Shorts on injured reserve. Shorts tore basically every ligament in his right knee last Sunday after starting four games as Vincent Jackson’s main replacement.

With Shorts on injured reserve and Adam Humphries in the concussion protocol, the Bucs can use all the help they can get at wide receiver.

Huff joined the Bucs from the Philadelphia Eagles, who cut him after he was arrested for DUI and unlawful possession of a firearm. Those charges apparently didn’t bother the Bucs, who signed him to their practice squad and now their active roster.

Huff played 34 games with seven starts for the Eagles over two-and-a-half seasons, putting up 48 catches for 482 yards and four touchdowns, almost all of that production coming last season.

The 5’11”, 206 lbs. receiver is probably best suited to play in the slot, with the Bucs having special teams ace Russell Shepard as a quality option on the outside. Huff’s biggest contribution may come as a kick returner, as he has two touchdowns on kickoffs in three seasons and was one of the Eagles’ main kickoff returners for the past three years.