There is no doubt that the Buccaneers are doing everything they can to shore up their ability to cover receivers down field. And that continued Sunday evening, when the team was awarded former Saints defensive back De’Vante Harris off waivers.
We have claimed third-year cornerback De'Vante Harris, who had been waived by the New Orleans Saints.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) August 12, 2018
Apparently, there were three other teams that put in a waiver claim for Harris, but Tampa Bay’s priority in the order landed him.
Harris is a third year player and who was undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2016. He started two games, but played in 21 of them over the course of the last two years in New Orleans. He has 24 career tackles and three passes defended 2016-17. And as shown above, he was active for both of the Saints playoff games last season.
Another interesting angle is that Harris is a former college teammate of last year’s Bucs second round pick, safety Justin Evans. The Buccaneers were probably familiar with Harris from scouting Evans’ 2016 Aggies game tapes and talking with A&M’s coaching staff.
The Bucs are a little thin in the secondary, as former #1 pick Vernon Hargreaves injured his groin in the first series of Thursday night’s preseason opener. And, he will miss at least two weeks and probably all three remaining preseason games.
Tampa Bay veteran and former Pro Bowler, Brent Grimes, has been held out of practices and the first preseason game with Miami with a slight shoulder injury. He did return to Monday morning’s workout.
As we have well documented, the Buccaneers drafted two safeties in the second round of April’s draft in M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis, both of whom saw significant playing time on Thursday in Miami. Davis shown in particular with five tackles and a diving pass breakup in the second half against the Dolphins.
Back to De’Vante Harris, due to flight delays, he was unable to get to Tampa, pass his physical and get on the field for some of the Monday workout. However, he is expected to see some practice time, when the Bucs travel to Nashville to workout with the Titans and then play them Saturday night.
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