The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be looking for reinforcements to their receiving corps before next Sunday's game against Houston, but the first move they made at the position is on the practice squad.
On Monday, the Buccaneers signed rookie wideout Spencer Schnell to that squad, creating a space by releasing fellow rookie receiver Trevion Thompson. Thompson spent just one week with Tampa Bay, signing last Wednesday after the promotion of wide receiver Ishmael Hyman to the active roster.
Schnell (5-8, 173) went to training camp with the Buccaneers this past summer after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State in May. Schnell earned his spot on the offseason roster with a strong performance in the Bucs' rookie mini-camp on a tryout contract. In the preseason, he played in all four games and caught seven passes for 119 yards, averaging 17.0 yards per grab. He also ran twice for 24 yards, returned two kickoffs for 34 yards and ran back one punt for six yards.
At Illinois State, Schnell was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior in 2018 after leading the team with 65 receptions for 872 yards and nine touchdowns. In his three seasons with the Redbirds he caught 175 passes for 2,030 yards and 14 touchdowns and also returned 58 punts for 479 yards.
The Buccaneers' work at the receiver position is likely just beginning as they finished the Week 15 game at Detroit with only three healthy wideouts, including rookie Ishmael Hyman, who had just been promoted from the practice squad that week. Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson are also available but Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller are all dealing with hamstring injuries that could make them unavailable for the final two games of 2019.