The Buccaneers opted to waive Huff on Saturday, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports. Huff was in a competition with Donteea Dye, Bernard Reedy and Freddie Martino for the final receiver spot on the Bucs' depth chart, but ultimately came up short. He will either end up on the team's practice squad or be left looking for a new opportunity.
Huff, who didn't play in last week's loss to the Browns, will be fighting to secure a roster spot during Thursday's exhibition finale versus the Redskins. Bernard Reedy turned in another solid effort (one reception for 25 yards, three punt returns for 16 yards) while Huff sat against Cleveland, presumably putting the latter at a disadvantage in the competition for a receiver and returner role heading into Thursday. While Huff was serviceable on kickoffs over the first two exhibitions (two returns for 64 yards), Reedy has outperformed him on offense. Additionally, Donteea Dye, who logged two receptions for 18 yards in his preseason debut against Cleveland, is also in the conversation for a roster spot and is expected to see plenty of playing time against Washington.
Huff hauled in his only target for six yards and totaled 27 yards on his sole kickoff return in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars. Huff was outperformed by his primary competition for the fifth receiver/returner roles, Bernard Reedy, and also played four fewer snaps. However, Huff almost matched Reedy's 29 yards on kickoffs and is the only one of the two with any regular-season playing experience. Huff also has a two-inch height advantage and bigger frame than Reedy, so there are undeniably certain advantages he brings to the table in the job battle. The two will likely continue to fight for a roster spot through the final preseason game.
Huff secured one of three targets for seven yards and added 37 yards on his sole kickoff return in Friday's 23-12 preseason loss to the Bengals. The speedy third-year man looked good on his one runback but couldn't make much of an impact in the passing game. Huff, Freddie Martino and Bernard Reedy -- the latter two notably having prior experience with head coach Dirk Koetter in Atlanta -- are in a battle for the fifth receiver and kick returner jobs. Reedy was the most accomplished of that trio Friday, but Huff's big-play upside figures to continue affording him plenty of reps in practice and preseason contests.
Huff (ribs) returned to practice Saturday and scored a touchdown against 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans in one-on-one drills, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Huff had gotten the wind knocked out of him Friday on a long diving reception, but he was no worse for wear Saturday. The speedster beat Evans on a quick out move near the goal line in individual drills to haul in a score from Jameis Winston. Huff is battling several players for the fifth receiver role and has also gotten reps at kickoff returner thus far in training camp.
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