As expected, the Bucs have promoted second-year linebacker Josh Keyes from the practice squad for depth in Sunday's season opener at the Falcons, waiving undrafted rookie tight end Alan Cross to make room for him.
Keyes' promotion came because rookie Devante Bond hasn't fully recovered from a hamstring injury and will be inactive for Sunday's game, leaving the Bucs with only four linebackers without Keyes. Keyes missed the initial 53-man cut and was signed to the practice squad; he had five tackles on defense last year and two on special teams in seven games.
Cross had been one of the better underdog stories of training camp, making the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie, much the same way he started his college career at Memphis as a walk-on long-snapper. Cross is likely to clear waivers and could be signed to the Bucs' practice squad Monday.
The Bucs have now made three moves since setting their initial roster Sunday, adding free-agent WR Cecil Shorts and promoting RB Peyton Barber and Keyes from the practice squad, with Cross, WR Evan Spencer and RB Mike James cut to make room for the new additions.
The Bucs also announced that rookie LB Micah Awe had been cut from the practice squad and a former draft pick, rookie TE Danny Vitale, had been signed to the practice squad. The Bucs have two openings on the 10-man practice squad that will likely be filled Monday.