Donteea Dye wasn't quite ready to return to game action last weekend, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to give him an opportunity to get back to that level.
Dye, a second-year wide receiver who played in 10 games for the Buccaneers last year, was re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. He first returned to the team last week, signing with the practice squad on Monday and then getting a promotion to the active roster on Wednesday. However, after a week of practice it was determined that Dye needed a bit more time to round back into game shape, so his spot on the 53-man roster went instead to wide receiver Freddie Martino.
In fact, Dye takes the practice squad spot opened when Martino was promoted on Saturday. A former undrafted free agent out of Heidelberg, Dye also started his rookie season on the practice squad before eventually earning a significant role in the Bucs' offense. He started six games in 2015 and recorded 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.
The 5-10, 195-pound receiver also spent the entire 2016 offseason plus training camp with the Buccaneers before being waived with an injury settlement in late August, so he is comfortable with the team's offensive playbook. Before he was eligible to return to the team last week, Dye spent a good portion of the last two months recovering from his injury, which explains why he needed a little more time to get ready for game action.