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Bucs former USF cornerback Mazzi Wilkins, ex-Cards TE Troy Niklas

The tweaking of the 90-man roster continued on the eve of veterans reporting to training camp.
Former USF cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) will be in Bucs camp this week, trying to earn a roster spot. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Jul. 24

TAMPA — The Bucs first training camp workout under Bruce Arians is Friday but the team still is finalizing their 90-man roster.

The Bucs on Wednesday signed former Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas and undrafted free agent cornerback Mazzi Wilkins.

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Niklas was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame under Arians in 2014 and played his first four seasons under the Bucs new coach before sitting out 2018. He had 19 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns in 41 games, including 18 starts. Niklas spent last spring with the Patriots but was released in late July.

Wilkins is a former Plant High and USF player. He participated in the Bucs’ rookie minicamp in May. In 47 games with the Bulls, Wilkins had 110 career tackles and three interceptions.

To make room, the Bucs waived two injured rookies: Cornerback Jalen Allison and receiver Xavier Ubosi.


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