TAMPA — The Bucs added speed to their receiving corps Monday, dropping one undrafted rookie in favor of another, with Adam Humphries getting waived and Donteea Dye of Division III Heidelberg University called up to the 53-man roster.
Dye, who was among the team's final cuts, could be active Sunday (vs. Jaguars, 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, Ch. 10) as the No. 4 receiver if Russell Shepard hasn't recovered from the hamstring injury that sidelined him during Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Dye has taken the long road to the NFL, getting a look at as a tryout player at rookie minicamp, getting signed as an undrafted rookie, missing the cut and earning a spot on the practice squad and now being promoted to the active roster.
Dye, 6 feet and 195 pounds, had 14 touchdowns for the Student Princes at the small Ohio school. He is one of the fastest Bucs, having caught seven passes for 82 yards in the preseason.
Humphries, who made the initial cuts as a rookie out of Clemson, lost the punt and kick return job to Bobby Rainey and has played sparingly as a backup receiver, with just two catches for 14 yards. The Bucs could sign him to the practice squad today if he clears waivers.
TWO GOT AWAY: Bucs coach Lovie Smith, always in search of takeaways from his defense, saw two big opportunities get away and lead to 14 Panthers points Sunday.
S Chris Conte forced a fumble that popped directly into the hands of Carolina TE Ed Dickson, who went 57 yards for a touchdown, and LB Lavonte David dropped an easy interception at the goal line, with another touchdown right after for the Panthers.
"We did have a couple of opportunities," Smith said. "Chris Conte, good play by him to take the ball away. We need people around it, we need to be able to get that ball. … Lavonte David will tell you that's a typical interception for him … Should have at worst been a three-takeaway day. You can live with a three-takeaway day, unless the opponent has a five-takeaway day."
THIS AND THAT: Charles Sims is the first Bucs running back to catch a touchdown pass in back-to-back games since Robert Wilson in 1991. … WR Vincent Jackson tied a career high with 10 catches in Sunday's loss to Carolina. With 7 yards this week, he'll pass Keyshawn Johnson (3,828 yards) for fifth on the team's career receiving yards list. He's also two 100-yard games short of Mark Carrier's team record of 15. … G Logan Mankins had his 150th career start on Sunday, but the six-time Pro Bowl player and former Patriots starter was quick to remind folks that he also has played in 17 playoff games. That's two more than the Bucs have played in as a franchise.
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