On Monday and Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played musical chairs with the rosters. The team released WR Jaydon Mickens from the active roster and waived OLB Elijah Ponder from the practice squad to make room for G John Molchon to come off Injured Reserve and sign an additional veteran cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to the practice squad. Later on Tuesday, the team released Molchon and re-signed Jaydon Mickens to the practice squad. The team filled the empty active roster spot by elevating veteran cornerback Rashard Robinson.
Rashard Robinson is not really a new signing by any means; however, he does get the promotion from the practice squad to the active 53 man roster — which gives him a bump in pay and defensive snaps. Robinson has been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since being signed to the Bucs practice squad in September. He’s appeared in 4 games (Rams, Patriots, Dolphins, Eagles), playing 48 snaps on special teams only. He did not play against the Eagles but was active. He has recorded 1 tackle on the season.
Robinson is a 5-year veteran of the NFL, drafted by the 49ers in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s played 49ers, Jets, and Cowboys, recording 2 interceptions, 15 pass defends, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 86 tackles in 45 games, 18 of which he started.
Robinson can play both the left and the right side of the field, making him an easy fit for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has suffered numerous injuries in the secondary.