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David Wells

#4 TE,


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28 yrs


6'6'' / 260 lbs


San Diego State

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Back with Bucs

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-22

Tampa Bay signed Wells to a reserve/future contract Monday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

Wells finished the season on the Buccaneers' practice squad, and now he'll get a chance to compete for a spot on their 53-man roster for 2024. Over five games this year, he drew just two targets.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
Home Retractable Dome 1 00.00.0045th0.
Away Outdoor 1 00.00.00166th0.
Away Retractable Dome 1 10.00.00124th0.

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2021

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
2021 26 ARZ 3 1 0 129th00000.0000%0000%0%92%0%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Lands back on practice squad

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-01

The Buccaneers reverted Wells to their practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Wells played in Tampa Bay's first four games of the campaign before being waived and subsequently landing on the team's practice squad. He was elevated ahead of Sunday's loss to New Orleans and played four offensive snaps without logging any stats. Wells' opportunity in that contest came as a result of Ko Kieft sitting out due to a shoulder injury, and Wells' chance of being elevated again for the Week 18 regular-season finale likely depends upon whether Kieft is able to return.

Joins active roster

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-30

The Buccaneers elevated Wells to their active roster Saturday.

Tampa Bay will be without Ko Kieft (shoulder) in Week 17, so Wells' elevation ensures some extra depth at tight end. The 28-year-old is in line to appear in his first game since Week 4 on Sunday, and he'll likely serve as the team's No. 3 option at TE.

Returns to Tampa Bay

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-23

Wells signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Wells was waived from the 53-man roster Tuesday, but he now returns to the organization as a member of their practice squad. The San Diego State product had not suited up with the team since Week 4 and was a healthy inactive for six straight weeks before being let go.

Waived by Bucs

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-21

Wells was waived by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

Wells has been a healthy scratch for the Bucs' the previous six weeks. He will presumably land back on the practice squad assuming he clears waivers. From there, he would be available to provide depth at tight end if needed.

Inactive again

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-22

Wells (Coach's Decision) is inactive for the second straight week.

Payne Durham is set to replace Wells as the third tight end in Tampa Bay's offense. Wells last caught a pass in Week 2 against the Bears when he recorded two receptions for minus-10 yards and a fumble.

Loses 10 yards on two receptions

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-09-20

Wells recorded two receptions for minus-10 yards and a fumble in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Bears.

Both of Wells' receptions -- the first two of his NFL career -- came on the Buccaneers' 12-play, 89-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. Wells made a key one-yard catch on third down to extend the possession, but he ended up accounting for a huge chunk of negative yardage when he caught a pass at Chicago's 21-yard line for no gain, then fumbled before quarterback Baker Mayfield recovered the loose ball at the 32-yard line. Wells may not have many opportunities to get into positive yardage for the season anytime soon, as he's third on the depth chart at tight end and won't be a featured option in the passing game whenever he's on the field.

Finds end zone in preseason finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-27

Wells brought in both targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 26-20 preseason win over the Ravens on Saturday night.

Wells' bid for a backup tight end role got a boost with Saturday's performance, which included a six-yard touchdown grab on the final play of the first quarter. Wells finishes the preseason with a 5-33-1 line on seven targets, and it will seemingly come down to him or rookie fifth-round pick Payne Durham if the Buccaneers decide to keep only three tight ends.

No yards on four targets

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-22

Wells brought in two of four targets for no gain in the Buccaneers' 13-6 preseason win over the Jets on Saturday.

Wells, who's battling for a backup tight end role, had made an impact with a 22-yard grab in the preseason opener versus the Steelers. However, he netted zero yards despite seeing his target total quadruple and his catch tally double in the second preseason contest. Wells should have one more chance to make his case for a No. 3 or No. 4 tight end role in Saturday night's preseason finale against the Ravens.

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