Krause was released from the Bucs practice squad Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The 24-year-old had been brought back to the pratice squad back on Sept. 28, but was jettisoned Wednesday to make room for the return of Russell Hansbrough and Josh Keyes to the unit. Krause has shown some promise at both receiver and returner, so a potential return later in the season isn't out of the question.
Krause will not make the Bucs' 53-man roster, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 24-year-old receiver certainly had his moments in camp and early in preseason, but ultimately didn't do enough to beat out Evan Spencer and special-teams ace Russell Shepard for the final two spots on the receiver depth chart. Krause was also given a long look at punt returner and his ability to contribute at that position, along with solid measurables, should afford him additional opportunities around the league.
The third-year receiver didn't exactly have the best weather within which to make a final pitch for a roster spot and was only able to secure a quarter of his targets in the sloppy conditions. Krause was impressive early in camp and also turned a two-catch, 50-yard game against the Jaguars in the second week of preseason. That contest was also the last in which Krause received an opportunity in the punt return rotation, gaining 18 yards on his sole runback. Due to fellow wideout Bernard Reedy receiving the bulk of returner reps over the last two weeks, Krause has been primarily relegated to trying to work his way onto the final roster through his receiving exploits, and didn't quite deliver in that capacity Wednesday.
Krause's chances to claim one of the Bucs' final receiver spots appear dim heading into the preseason finale versus Washington, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 24-year-old had impressed early in camp and amassed three catches for 56 yards over the first two exhibition games, but his participation was notably reduced in last Friday's victory over the Browns. Krause received only nine snaps in that contest and was not targeted, while also being shut out of the punt return rotation. He figures to have some extended opportunity to showcase his skills in Wednesday night's finale versus the Redskins with the top receiving trio of Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Adam Humphries expected to play sparingly, if at all.
The third-year receiver followed up a string of impressive training camp practices with an impressive showing, including a pretty 41-yard connection with third-string QB Ryan Griffin late in the fourth quarter. Krause has opened some eyes in the battle for a backup receiver spot over the first three weeks of camp, while also making a strong case for the open punt return job. His fate, like that of fellow competitors for a spot on the crowded wide receiver depth chart, appears destined to be decided over the final two preseason contests.
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