Something in Tampa Bay has changed the way Bruce Arians feels about tight ends.
Because he currently has a ton of them for a coach who hasn’t really involved the position in great detail.
The Bucs added another one to the list one Wednesday, signing Troy Niklas, a second-pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. Former USF CB Mazzi Wilkins was signed, as well.
There were other roster moves, although these weren’t as pleasant. Tampa Bay waived both wide receiver Xavier Ubosi, who was recently placed on the Active/Physically Unable To Perform List and cornerback Jalen Allison.
Bucs announce that they've signed former Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas, waiving rookie receiver Xavier Ubosi. They also confirm what we reported Tuesday, with rookie corner Mazzi Wilkins signed from USF, replacing rookie corner Jalen Allison, who was waived-injured.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 24, 2019
Niklas has appeared in 41 games, starting 18 of them. He has 19 career catches for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns in his five-year career and finished the 2019 season with a career-high 11 catches for 132 yards that also included one touchdown reception.
Wilkins finished his four-year career at USF with three interceptions, 110 combined tackles, and 0.5 sacks. The former Plant High School graduate is looking to make his make during training camp.
According to buccaneers.com, Tampa Bay now rosters six corners (not including Wilkins) and seven tight ends, but cornerback Ryan Smith will serve a four-game suspension to start the 2019 season, so that presents an opportunity for Wilkins to potentially snag a roster spot if his play allows.