TAMPA — One day after letting them go as part of their final roster cut down to 53 players, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday re-signed Jeff Demps and Solomon Patton to their practice squad, their agents confirmed.
The Bucs have also re-signed linebacker Matthew Masifilo and tight end Cameron Brate their practice squad, their agents said. And in another move, the Bucs claimed tackle Garrett Gilkey off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The team released offensive lineman Josh Allen to make room for Gilkey.
Demps and Patton were two of the players whose release generated the most surprise among fans as they have been two of the players the Bucs have most talked about during the preseason.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith repeatedly expressed excitement over the opportunity to work with the mercurial Demps, who won a silver medal as part of the United State 4X100 meter relay team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Patton appeared to win the Bucs kick and punt return job during the preseason when he ranked sixth in the NFL in kick return average (27 yards per return) and led the Bucs with six punt returns for 50 yards.
Gilkey, a product of Division II Chadron State College in Nebraska, first came to the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns in 2013. He played in six games with one start for Cleveland last year.
His addition means the Bucs will have to cut at least one player from the 53-man roster they settled on Saturday. Chances are that cut will come from the offensive line, where the Bucs originally kept 10 players.4