July 27, 2021

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Buccaneers Sign Wide Receiver to Active Roster

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Image Credit: Cyril Grayson Sprints Into the Unknown | si.com

The Buccaneers are slim at the receiver position, and adding more is a must. Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, and Chris Godwin are all down with hamstring injuries, and when Bruce Arians was asked what may be the cause, he replied, “I mean I’ve got all our guys, our sport science people looking at that right now and we do work probably harder than most teams in the league, so it’s something we’ll have to address.”

Whatever the reason is, Arians knows that he has to have people that Jameis Winston can throw the football to. Last week the Buccaneers promoted the first-year receiver, Ishamel Hyman, to the active roster, and he saw his first NFL regular-season action with one catch for three yards, which resulted in a Buccaneer first down.

Tampa brought back a favorite of mine from preseason, Spence Schnell. They re-signed him to the practice squad, but maybe he will get his chance to go out there and show all 32 teams why he was mistakenly overlooked at the start of the regular season.

Additionally, the Buccaneers have signed receiver Cyril Grayson Jr. to the active roster. Grayson Jr. runs a 4:33 in the forty, was a track star at LSU, and took a brief tour of the NFL starting in 2017 with the Seattle Seahawks, Colts (2017) Seattle Seahawks (2017), Texans (2018), Bears (2018 and 2019: practice squad /future reserve), Saints (2019), and recently the Cowboys (signed a week ago to their practice squad).

Grayson Jr. has not seen any regular-season action, and he never played football at LSU. However, he did play at Archbishop Rummel High School, where he recorded 28 receptions for 731 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. He also ran track, becoming a highly recruited track star.

During this year’s preseason with New Orleans, he showed that he had some solid receiving ability, hauling in 8 out of 10 catches for 147 yards in 4 games. The KICKER for him is that he also can return kicks. He does have a 4:33 forty speed mind you. So expect him to handle kick returns.

During the 2018 preseason while in Seattle, Grayson Jr. returned 8 kicks for 201 yards and in 2019 with the Saints returned 6 kicks for 137 yards. 

I’d expect to see Schnell activated this week if he can get a solid week in at practice and shake the rust off.

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