Ogunbowale was specifically named by special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong as one of two players that have stood out on special teams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The Bucs didn't add a running back in the draft, instead appearing content with Peyton Barber and last year's second-round pick, Ronald Jones II, atop the depth chart. It's highly unlikely they carry five running backs going into the regular season, but Ogunbowale could have a leg up on Shaun Wilson and the 30-year-old Andre Ellington for what might be only one or two roster spots if he continues to prove valuable on special teams.
Ogunbowale signed a futures contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Ogunbowale appeared in two games for the Buccaneers this season, with all but two of his snaps coming on special teams. He'll look to make the roster as a backup running back in 2019.
Ogunbowale signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The reserve running back and kick returner makes a quick return to Tampa, landing back on the practice squad after having just been released last Friday. Ogunbowale was active in Weeks 11 and 12 against the Giants and 49ers, logging just two snaps from scrimmage but 35 on special teams. The 24-year-old amassed 134 kick return yards versus New York, and he'd likely be used in the same capacity were he to be called up to the active roster again at any point over the final four games.
Ogunbowale was waived by Tampa Bay on Friday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Ogunbowale had worked mostly on special teams for the Buccaneers. The Wisconsin product was waived to make room for wide receiver Bobo Wilson, who helps provide depth in the wake of DeSean Jackson's (thumb) absence. In addition, the Buccaneers once again have fellow running back Ronald Jones at full health, further negating the need for Ogunbowale's presence on the roster.
Ogunbowale returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday. The 24-year-old rookie was promoted earlier in the week from the practice squad in the wake of Shaun Wilson's placement on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, and he did a solid job filling the latter's role on kickoff returns. Ogunbowale could potentially continue serving in the same capacity for what remains of the season, although he could also find himself inactive if Jacquizz Rodgers is tabbed to fill the role once Ronald Jones II (hamstring) returns to action.
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|3||09/22||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|4||09/29||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|5||10/06||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|11||11/17||New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
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