Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the team has signed cornerback Mazzi Wilkins to the active roster from its practice squad.

Wilkins (6-0, 191) spent the first 10 weeks of the 2019 season on the Buccaneers practice squad after originally entering the league with Tampa Bay as a college free agent out of the University of South Florida this past offseason. Wilkins tallied 110 tackles (two for loss), 22 passes defensed, three interceptions and one fumble recovery in 47 career games over four seasons with the Bulls. He wears No. 37 for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay's active roster stands at 53.

The team also announced that cornerback John Franklin III has been signed to the practice squad.

Franklin III (6-1, 186) was with the Chicago Bears throughout the 2019 preseason, after spending part of the 2018 season on Chicago's practice squad. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native spent his final collegiate season at Florida Atlantic, converting from quarterback to wide receiver, and playing in 13 games. He will wear No. 43 for Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers practice squad stands at 10.