As the NFL transitions back from one single day of cuts to a tiered system, the Bucs have waived center Donnell Stanley and wide receiver John Franklin III to get down to Tuesday’s 85-player roster limit. The Bucs announced the cuts Tuesday afternoon.
Stanley, who was waived/injured, has missed the last week of practice which was doing the first-year center no favors. In his stead John Molchon was given the go against the Bengals and held his own playing 56 snaps. Molchon’s play, combined with the eventual return of rookie center Robert Hainsey was part of the reason the Bucs moved on from Stanley. If Stanley passes through waivers he will land on the club’s injured reserve list.
Franklin, who was waived with a failed physical designation, hasn’t practiced all off-season as he continued to recover from a torn ACL during training camp last August. The Last Chance U star was deployed in multiple roles for the Bucs on the scout team including quarterback. The Bucs are one of the deepest in the league at wide receiver and his inability to get on the field cost him his chance at making the team. The Bucs are left with 10 receivers on the roster not including Justin Watson, who is on the PUP list.
The Bucs previously waived cornerback Cameron Kinley, wide receiver Josh Pearson and tight end De’Quan Hampton on Sunday. The team will need to release another five players August 24 before getting to the 53-man season limit on August 31.