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Bucs Grab CB Felder Off Waivers

Posted Oct 29, 2013

The Bucs' open roster spot goes to first-year CB Bobby Felder, who was waived off the Vikings' injured reserve list on Monday and quickly claimed by Tampa Bay, for whom he is eligible to play this season

Bobby Felder spent a season and a half in Minnesota without quite making it to the Vikings' active roster, but that's exactly where he finds himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

-- CB Bobby Felder spent his rookie season on Minnesota's practice squad
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers claimed Felder, a first-year cornerback who played his college ball at Nicholls State, off waivers from the Vikings.  Felder had been waived from Minnesota's injured reserve list on Monday.  The Bucs did not have to clear a spot on the 53-man roster to bring Felder in, as one had been created on Monday by the move of wide receiver Mike Williams to injured reserve.

The 6-0, 200-pound Felder originally signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and he spent his entire rookie season on the Vikings' practice squad.  He went to training camp with the Vikings again this year and turned in a strong postseason with 16 tackles and a 20.4-yard average on five punt returns.  However, an ankle injury landed Felder on injured reserve to start his second NFL campaign.

When a player is placed on injured reserve by an NFL team, he cannot play for that team again for the remainder of the season, unless he is the one player who receives his team's "designated for return" tag.  However, if the player is released from the original team's injured reserve list, he is permitted to play again that year for any other team in the NFL.  Thus, Felder may get his chance to see the field during the 2013 regular season after all.

Felder finished his collegiate career as the fourth-leading interceptor in Nicholls State history, with five of his 12 picks coming during his 2011 senior season.  He was an All-Southland Conference pick in each of his last two years, with another four interceptions and a touchdown during his junior campaign.