Bucs claim cornerback De’Vante Harris from Saints

Former Saints cornerback De'Vante Harris, shown at the 2016 NFL combine, was claimed by the Bucs on Sunday.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Former Saints cornerback De'Vante Harris, shown at the 2016 NFL combine, was claimed by the Bucs on Sunday.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Published August 12 2018

The Bucs got help for their injury-depleted secondary on Sunday, claiming third-year cornerback De'Vante Harris off waivers from the Saints.

Tampa Bay has veteran Brent Grimes just returning from injury and Vernon Hargreaves and Javien Elliott dealing with injury, leaving five rookies among the six healthy cornerbacks in Saturday's practice.

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Harris, 25, made the Saints' roster as an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M two years ago, totaling 30 tackles in two years. New Orleans had upgraded their corners in the offseason, and Harris played just 11 snaps in the Saints' preseason opener, committing two penalties in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars tried to take the lead.

Harris is unlikely to challenge the Bucs' two second-round picks in M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis, but would be in direct competition with third-year pro Ryan Smith for the Bucs' fifth cornerback job. Smith struggled much of Thursday's preseason game but also came up with a clinching interception with two seconds left.

To make room for Harris, the Bucs waived rookie Aaron Davis, who had been signed Friday.

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