The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a few roster moves before the official start of training camp. Per the NFL transaction wire, the Bucs waived safety Curtis Riley and placed two others on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Thursday.
According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Riley suffered a “slight” Achilles tear during mandatory minicamp in June. He’ll revert to the Bucs’ injured reserve list if he clears NFL waivers. After signing with the team in May, he was expected to compete for depth at safety and special teams.
With Riley’s departure, Tampa Bay’s roster is at 89 players, so the team could add a veteran at safety. There are currently seven safeties, including two undrafted rookies, competing for what’s expected to be four roster spots.
John Franklin, a defensive back-turned-receiver out of Florida Atlantic, is a fifth-year pro and Bucs practice squad vet. He suffered a leg injury in practice last August and spent the entire 2020 season on injured reserve.
Cornerback Chris Wilcox was the Bucs seventh-round selection in the 2021 NFL draft. According to The Athletic‘s Greg Auman, the BYU alum is dealing with a hamstring injury. If Wilcox is to compete for a coveted spot with the Bucs, he’ll need to be activated from the PUP list first. Players can be activated at any point from the active/PUP list during training camp.
Quarterbacks (Tom Brady included) and rookies reported for camp on Thursday, while veterans report on Sunday.
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