With the offensive line thinned by a run of practice-field injuries, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added depth up front on Tuesday, signing first-year offensive tackle Jarron Jones. To make room on the 91-man roster, the team waived rookie kicker Trevor Moore.
Jones actually played defensive tackle at Notre Dame before signing with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and switching to the other side of the line. He was most recently back with the Giants to start this year's training camp after spending time last season on the practice squads in Seattle and Dallas.
This is just the second pair of roster moves the Buccaneers have made since starting training camp 12 days ago. The only other change came at running back, with Dare Ogunbowale coming aboard last week after Dalton Crossan was waived with an injury designation. Of course, the Buccaneers had enjoyed a relatively healthy first couple weeks of practice before a number of players went down on Monday.
Tampa Bay's offensive line has been hit hard by injuries specifically on the right side. Starting right tackle Demar Dotson is being eased back into a full workload and his two primary backups, Leonard Wester and Cole Gardner, are currently out with injuries of their own. The Bucs also spent several days without starting right guard Caleb Benenoch, although Benenoch did get back on the field on Tuesday.
Jones played in 24 games over three seasons at Notre Dame, though he missed all but one contest in his 2015 senior season due to a knee injury. He was a starter on the defensive line as a junior, and in total he recorded 122 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles during his collegiate career.
Moore, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas, kicked well for the Buccaneers but was something of a roster luxury. The Buccaneers signed veteran Chandler Catanzaro to handle their place-kicking duties this season, and Catanzaro has been nearly flawless in field goal drills during training camp.