The New Orleans Saints released cornerback De’Vante Harris after a penalty-filled preseason debut showed he hadn’t progressed the way the team hoped over the summer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were all too eager to claim Harris off of waivers, and now he’s starting for them just a few months later. Harris earned his first start for Tampa last week against the Carolina Panthers.
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter talked up Harris’ competitive nature and experience in the division after the cornerback’s regular season entrance:
“The thing he really does is he knows how to compete. He’s not afraid of the moment and doesn’t matter who he is playing against. The fact that he’s been in this division before, he knows how good all these quarterbacks are. He just went out there and really competed hard and had some production and some really nice plays.”
Harris will be in for a big challenge this week against the Saints, though star wide receiver Michael Thomas has his status in question after missing Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. It would be a huge break for Tampa if Thomas can’t play on Sunday.