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Buccaneers promote Peyton Barber to 53-man roster

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted running back Peyton Barber to the 53-man roster, as expected. The Bucs waived Mike James due to an injury yesterday, and Barber is the logical replacement. Both are similar backs: solid, bigger backs who can do everything but don’t excel at any one thing.

Barber’s time on the roster may be short, though. The Bucs worked out Jacquizz Rodgers earlier this week, and could sign him next week. Rodgers has played for Dirk Koetter before and could be the team’s kickoff returner, but signing him before this Sunday’s game would effectively guarantee his salary for a full season — something the Bucs probably want to avoid.

Regardless of who the Bucs keep or sign, though, expect them to get very few touches. Doug Martin and Charles Sims will carry the load at running back as long as they stay healthy.

The Bucs signed receiver Evan Spencer to the practice squad to take Barber’s spot. They’d waive him to make room for Cecil Shorts on the 53-man roster earlier this week.