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Bucs waive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, sign receiver Xavier Ubosi

Team’s seventh-round pick in 2017 never played a down because of injuries. Wideout addition adds depth.
Defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (92) runs a drill during Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice at One Buc Place on May 22, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (92) runs a drill during Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice at One Buc Place on May 22, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published May 29, 2019

TAMPA -- The Bucs waived defensive tackle Stevie Ta’ikolovatu, a seventh-round pick two years ago out of USC who never played a regular-season down for the team, on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, the team signed wide receiver Xavier Ubosi, a rookie free agent out of UAB who spent time with the Patriots and Jets this offseason.

Ta’ikolovatu lost his entire rookie year with a knee injury, and reported for camp leaner last season, but was placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury.

He also had one of the most interesting back stories heading into his rookie season. After transferring to USC, he lived in an SUV in Southern California for two months, drifting from one beach parking lot to another.

The addition of Ubosi is an interesting one because the Bucs have plenty of depth at receiver. Head coach Bruce Arians hasn't shared much about injuries, but free-agent signing Breshad Perriman isn't practicing with a shoulder injury and Mike Evans didn't participate in drills on Tuesday.

That's allowed receivers Bobo Wilson and sixth-rounder Scotty Miller to get more first team reps at outside receiver.

Ubosi put up big-play numbers in two seasons at AUB, averaging 22.2 yards per reception, and had a 227-yard, three-touchdown game in last year’s Boca Raton Bowl.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.