Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Finish Week Five Roster Tune-up

Following a round of moves on Tuesday, the Buccaneers made a handful of complementary moves on Wednesday, including the re-signing of LB Orie Lemon.


A round of roster moves on Tuesday left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with some unfinished business before the first practice of Week Five. The team took care of that with another handful of maneuvers on Wednesday morning.

The latest moves included another addition to the active roster, as linebacker Orie Lemon has again been re-signed. Lemon took the spot created when defensive end Josh Martin was waived/injured. The Buccaneers also re-signed rookie wideouts Rannell Hall and Adam Humphries to the practice squad, restoring that crew to its 10-man limit.

Lemon returns to the Buccaneers for the third time since he was released near the end of the preseason and can likely take on some of the special teams duties Martin had taken on. Lemon was re-signed to the active roster in Week Two and saw action in the Buccaneers' win at New Orleans on special teams. He was then released again the following week but then re-signed to the practice squad. Last week, the Buccaneers released Lemon from the practice squad in order to use the veteran practice squad "exception" he was occupying on running back Mike James. (Each team gets up to two exceptions among their 10 practice squad spots to use on players who already have up to two years of accrued NFL experience.)

Lemon (6-1, 235) first came to the Bucs midway through the 2014 season when he was plucked off Kansas City's practice squad. He played in 10 games and started three at strongside linebacker, contributing 20 tackles and eight stops on special teams. He also appeared in eight games for the Dallas cowboys over the 2012 and 2013 seasons combined.

Martin signed with the Buccaneers on September 22 after having been waived by the Chiefs. He played his college ball at Columbia and was on Kansas City's roster in 2013 and 2014, appearing in 19 games. Martin recorded 14 tackles on defense and 13 on special teams for the Chiefs and also had a forced fumble and a half-sack. He suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Humphries was on the Buccaneers' roster for the first month of the season, appearing in three games and catching two passes for 14 yards. He signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in May. Hall spent a little over a week on the team's practice squad in September. He was actually a part of the original 53-man roster after the final league-wide cuts on September 5, but he was then released the next day when the Buccaneers claimed several other players off waivers.

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