The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded rookie wide receiver Emanuel Hall off waivers on Wednesday, one day after Hall was let go by the Chicago Bears. To make room for Hall on the 90-man preseason roster, the Buccaneers waived rookie safety Micah Abernathy.
Hall (6-2, 201) used his top-notch speed to average 20.8 yards per catch over four seasons at Missouri, including a 24.8-yard average on 33 catches as a junior in 2017. He also ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in May.
Hall played in 32 games for the Tigers and recorded 97 receptions for 2,016 yards and 16 touchdowns. Though he missed several games due to a groin injury as a senior he was still named to the All-SEC second team by the conference's coaches. Prior to attending Missouri, Hall was also a prep track star, winning a Tennessee state championship in the high jump.
Abernathy's tenure as a Buccaneer was a brief one, as he was just signed this past Sunday, as the team was attending to a safety position thinned by multiple injuries. However, the Buccaneers subsequently signed veteran safety Darian Stewart, who started for the Denver Broncos the past four seasons. Abernathy, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee, also spent two months with the Minnesota Vikings.