WR Donteea Dye 'not ready' physically, Koetter says
As the Bucs seek help to offset the loss of veteran receiver Vincent Jackson to a knee injury this week, they may need replacements for the replacements.
After the team's final practice in Tampa on Friday morning, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said that second-year pro Donteea Dye, signed to the practice squad Monday and promoted to the active roster Wednesday, is "not ready" physically, suggesting he won't be playing Sunday when the Bucs face the 49ers.
"Not ready, that's what I'd say," Koetter said of Dye's progress this week. "And I don't mean any disrespect. I'd say he's not quite ready."
Dye was in position to make the Bucs' roster in preseason, but suffered a hamstring injury and was waived-injured, missing about a month before he was healthy enough to work out for other teams. With Jackson on injured reserve, he could have given the Bucs another option in the passing game, familiar with the offense from having played as a rookie last season. Koetter said Dye had some "rust" in his first few practices.
"He's familiar. He knows what he's doing," Koetter said. "You've got to remember now, DD, he was rehabbing an injury while he was out. He wasn't just at home lying on his couch."
Presuming that Louis Murphy isn't ready to be activated Sunday after only one week of practice coming back from ACL surgery, the Bucs would have only four receivers if Dye isn't active -- starters Mike Evans and Adam Humphries and backups Russell Shepard and Cecil Shorts. Shorts hasn't played in four weeks since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2, but said he expects to be able to play.
The Bucs could make a roster move and promote receiver Freddie Martino from the practice squad -- they took the extra step of having him travel to San Francisco with the team to keep that in play as they make their final roster decisions. Promoting him would require them to open a spot on the 53-man roster. Martino was active for two games earlier this season but did not catch any passes.