Before practice resumes on Monday morning, the Bucs will be greeted by a new defensive tackle Adam Reth, who the team claimed off waivers on Sunday afternoon. Reth will be taking the place of defensive tackle Drew Iddings, whom the team signed after releasing Stevie Tu'ikolovatu just last week.
The Buccaneers will resume a closer-to-normal practice schedule this week ahead of their first preseason contest at home against the Detroit Lions on Friday night. Tampa Bay has been hit on the interior of the defensive line with both rookie first-round pick Vita Vea and free agent acquisition Mitch Unrein sidelined with injuries.
Reth was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Northern Iowa by the Philadelphia Eagles this past offseason. He was waived after the Eagle's first two preseason games in favor of adding to the team's depth at wideout.
As a senior at Northern Iowa, Reth had 79 tackles, including 10 for loss and three sacks in 2017. He became a starter on defensive line as a sophomore in 2015 for the Panthers, before he was forced to sit out during the 2016 season due to a suspension for taking an over-the-counter substance that was banned by the NCAA.
With the team swapping one defensive tackle for another, Tampa Bay is currently carrying six total on the roster at this point in the preseason. The Bucs are hoping both Vea and Unrein will be available by the start of the regular season.
Iddings' three-day stay with the Buccaneers came after spending the 2017 season on Carolina's injured reserve list. He was waived just before the start of training camp .