The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a number of thin spots on the depth chart heading into their Monday night showdown with Carolina, and they made a move on Sunday to shore up one of them. Second-year linebacker Cameron Lynch was promoted from the Buccaneers' practice squad, while third-year wide receiver Jeremy Butler was waived to make room on the active roster.
Lynch's promotion will give the Bucs' five active linebackers on Monday night; prior to that move, the only reserve behind starters Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Daryl Smith was Adarius Glanton. Without Butler, the team still has five wide receivers, though Cecil Shorts has already been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
Lynch (6-0, 229) played in 16 games as a rookie for the then-St. Louis Rams last year after making the team as an undrafted free agent. He played mostly on special teams but saw some action on defense and recorded four tackles. At Syracuse, Lynch was a senior team captain in 2014, when he led the team with 97 tackles, adding 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was waived by Los Angeles in the final roster cut-down this year and signed to the Bucs' practice squad on September 13.
Butler spent the first four weeks of the season on Tampa Bay's practice squad but had just been promoted to the 53-man roster this past Tuesday.