The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today elevated defensive lineman Patrick O'Connor from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. It marks the second elevation of the season for O'Connor.
O'Connor (6-4, 270) has appeared in 60 career games – including three games this season – all with Buccaneers since signing with the team as a free agent in 2017. O'Connor has logged 13 tackles (three for loss), five quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks while being a core contributor on special teams, where he has added seven tackles, one blocked punt and one blocked field goal attempt. He originally entered the league as a seventh-round selection (No. 250 overall) of the Detroit Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Eastern Michigan product is a native of Chicago, and wears No. 79 for Tampa Bay.