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In a series of moves, the Bucs announced they have placed wide receiver John Franklin III and rookie cornerback Chris Wilcox on the team active/PUP list. In addition they have also waived veteran safety Curtis Riley. Franklin and Wilcox will count toward the 90-man roster, with Riley’s release opening up a spot for an addition before training camp.

Riley, who was covered in our recent training camp battles, suffered an Achilles tear in mandatory mini-camp in June. Franklin who tore his ACL during Bucs training camp in August 2020, is still recovering from his injury.

The surprise is Wilcox, who took part in the team’s offseason program, but sustained a hamstring injury. With heavy competition at wide receiver and cornerback, both players will need to work their way back into the mix soon to contend for a roster spot.

With seven safeties on the roster after Riley’s release, the Bucs could bring another veteran in for competition. Only Raven Greene has seen regular season snaps of the current group behind Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Whitehead and Mike Edwards. Three days from training camp, the Bucs will have limited time to fill that one open spot on the roster.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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