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Buccaneers promote Freddie Martino to active roster

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted wide receiver Freddie Martino to the active roster, waiving linebacker Josh Keyes in the process.

Martino is a 6’0”, 195 lbs. receiver who entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of North Greenville, and initially signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014 — which is probably why Dirk Koetter gave him a chance. Martino has no career catches, though, nor did he particularly stand out this offseason or preseason.

Martino will replace Cecil Shorts III, at least in the short term, as the receiver suffered an injury on his very first catch of the season. They signed Shorts last week, and apparently like him enough not to cut him.

The Bucs cut Keyes because linebacker Devante Bond is healthy, as they’d initially added Keyes to the roster to replace Bond on special teams while the latter was injured.