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Bucs form practice squad, Mazzi Wilkins, Bruce Anderson among them

Coach Bruce Arians valued the players who did work for them in training camp
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (37) stops Dallas Cowboys quarterback Taryn Christion (5) from gaining yardage in the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) [MICHAEL AINSWORTH  |  AP]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (37) stops Dallas Cowboys quarterback Taryn Christion (5) from gaining yardage in the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) [MICHAEL AINSWORTH | AP]
Published Sep. 1, 2019

TAMPA — Running back Bruce Anderson got his most work of the preseason Thursday, rushing 20 times for 70 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run.

"I felt like I was kid, back when I was 4-years old, just running around the house, diving on the end zone, on the couch or something, so it feels amazing,'' Anderson said. "It feels like a dream come true.''

Anderson was released by the Bucs on Saturday, but he learned his dream is still alive.

The Bucs signed the former North Dakota State and Newsome High star to the team’s practice squad Sunday.

Former South Florida defensive back Mazzi Wilkins, who joined the team a couple weeks into training camp, also was named the practice squad.

Clearly, coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht valued the players who were with them in training camp and preseason.

Also signed to the practice squad are receiver Emanuel Hall, undrafted rookie center Nate Trewyn, defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr., their seventh-round pick from Missouri, quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, safety John Battle and tight end Jordan Leggett.

Fitzgerald, a quarterback from Mississippi State, missed all of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury he suffered playing beach volleyball. He is expected to play multiple positions and has been cleared to resume playing.

The Bucs still have two practice spots remaining. We will update shortly


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