The return of cornerback De'Vante Harris from injury has had a trickle-down effect on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers re-signed Harris, who had previously been waived in early September with an injury settlement. To make room on the 53-man roster, the team waived cornerback Javien Elliott, who had been serving as the backup nickel back. But the Bucs obviously want to keep Elliott around; on Thursday, they re-signed the third-year player to the practice squad, releasing rookie cornerback Marko Myers to free up a spot on that 11-man crew.
Elliott first signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted rookie in May of 2016 and he has been with the team in some capacity in an uninterrupted run ever since. As a rookie, he spent the first 11 weeks of the regular season on the practice squad before a promotion in November allowed him to play in the Buccaneers last six games, with one start. Last year, Elliott made the active roster to begin the season and stayed there for all 16 games, playing in 15 with one more start.
In all, Elliott has played in 27 games and tallied 16 tackles and a pass defensed. His most extensive playing time came in his late-season run as a rookie, when he took over as the nickel back for the stretch run. Elliott played his college ball at Florida State, where he made the team as a walk-on.
Myers went to training camp with the Buccaneers and had been signed to the practice squad in Week Four. He played his college ball at Southeastern in nearby Lakeland and was a member of the school's first class of recruits for a program that just began in 2013 and played its first season in 2014.