It certainly didn’t take long for wide receiver Donteea Dye to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just a few days after being released from the active roster, the team announced on Tuesday that Dye has been re-signed to the practice squad.
Ultimately, the news that Dye has been signed to the practice squad was a formality. He was injured at the end of the preseason this year and was waived with an injury settlement as a result. He rejoined the team this past Monday when he signed to the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, he still wasn’t completely ready to return from the injury. As a result, the team waived him and promoted Freddie Martino to the roster on Saturday this past week. Shortly after the announcement, though, head coach Dirk Koetter explained that Dye still needed some time to return, which foreshadowed this latest move.
“[He’s] not ready,” Koetter said. “And I don’t mean any disrespect – I’d say he’s not quite ready. [It’s] rust. He knows what he’s doing [in the offense]. Guys that miss four weeks, six weeks, they can train all they want to, but it’s just always different. Running with the trainers, running on your own – it’s just different when you get out here and there are 21 other guys on the field with you. A guy can look great in a workout, and it’s just different when you’ve got other guys on the field. It’s just a long time to take off.”
Dye, who played in 10 games last season for the Buccaneers, has now had another week to prepare. So it wouldn’t be surprising if he were promoted to the active roster at some point this week.