Wilson rushed once for six yards and returned one kickoff for 29 yards in the Buccaneers' 48-40 win over the Saints on Sunday. The speedy rookie logged two snaps from scrimmage, and even those were likely only made possible by Ronald Jones II's inactive status. Wilson is still expected to see the overwhelming amount of his touches on special teams, but as was the case Sunday, he's likely due for an occasional carry in any contest that Jones is inactive and Wilson thus serves as the No. 3 back behind Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Wilson made the Buccaneers' 53-man roster and is expected to serve as both the No. 4 running back and primary kickoff returner to open the regular season, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The undrafted rookie out of Duke engaged in a competitive battle with Dare Ogunbowale throughout the summer, but a productive all-around night against the Jaguars in last Thursday's preseason finale appeared to seal the deal in terms of a roster spot. Wilson carried seven times for 44 yards and added two receptions (on four targets) for 24 yards during the contest, and he'd shown up well as a kickoff returner earlier in preseason as well. Looking ahead to the regular season, Wilson's opportunities from scrimmage will likely be very limited barring injury to any of the top running back trio of Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones II and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Wilson rushed three times for 10 yards, secured his only target for 11 yards and returned five kickoffs for 133 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-30 preseason loss to the Lions on Friday. Wilson has been increasingly making a case for a No. 4 running back/kickoff returner role throughout the summer, and Friday's effort may have sealed the deal. The undrafted rookie's 26.6 average on kickoff returns was partly comprised of an impressive 39-yard runback. Wilson saw five return opportunities to Dare Ogunbowale's one, particularly noteworthy since the latter has been considered his principal competition for a roster spot. Charles Sims' (knee) placement on injured reserve significantly improved Wilson's odds of sticking on the 53-man, and only an unforeseen turn of events in next Thursday's preseason finale versus the Jaguars would seemingly prevent him from surviving final cuts.
Wilson did not participate in Saturday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. The details surrounding Wilson's health are still unknown, so the tailback should be considered day-to-day until an update is provided. Wilson's best chance of making Tampa Bay's final roster this season is likely as a return man on special teams.
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