The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today raised the linebacker Ulysses Gilbert III (#57) cornerback Ryan Smith (#33) of the team’s practice squad for tomorrow’s Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks. It marks the first elevation of the season for both players.

Gilbert III (6-0, 230) originally entered the league as a sixth-round selection (No. 207 overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Steelers before moving to be waived on August 19, 2022. In 28 career games played, Gilbert recorded 21 special teams tackles and four defensive tackles. The Ocala, Fla. native has played in every game of his four-year career at the University of Akron, winning first-team All-MAC twice.

Black-smith (5-11, 189) spent his first five NFL seasons with Tampa Bay (2016-20) after being selected by the Buccaneers as a fourth-round pick (No. 108 overall) in the NFL Draft in 2016. Smith signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2021 offseason and also spent time this season on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad from September 27-October 25. 12 passes defended, four forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one interception. He also played a big role on special teams, making 22 tackles during his career. Smith was born in Augsburg, Germany, about 40 miles northwest of Munich. He played collegiately at North Carolina Central.

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