Wilson signed with the Panthers' practice squad Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Wilson played six games with the Buccaneers this season, working as a depth wideout and return man, but fumbling woes led to his departure. The Panthers waived returner Greg Dortch for the same reason Tuesday, but Wilson may get a shot at a fresh start Sunday against the Seahawks if promoted to the active roster.
Wilson was cut by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Wilson had a tough outing Sunday as he caught one of three targets for 10 yards and returned six punts for 12 yards while also fumbling twice (losing one). Per Stroud, coach Bruce Arians was concerned by Wilson's lack of production on punt returns (2.8-yard average), which led to his departure.
Wilson secured one of three targets for 10 yards and returned six punts for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He also committed two fumbles, losing one.
The FSU product had a forgettable day overall and was also outplayed by fellow receiver Scott Miller (three receptions, 39 yards) on offense. Wilson seems to have lost ground to Miller in the receiver pecking order while Breshad Perriman (hamstring) is sidelined, as Wilson only logged 23 snaps to Miller's 48 on Sunday.
Wilson secured one of two targets for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Wilson logged third-receiver snaps with Breshad Perriman (hamstring) out of action, but he ultimately made minimal impact. Jameis Winston overwhelmingly focused on Chris Godwin when dropping back to pass Sunday, so Wilson's underwhelming showing was actually one of many in the Buccaneers' pass-catching corps. The Florida State product could reprise his Week 5 role in London during a Week 6 divisional matchup against the Panthers if Perriman remains sidelined.
Coach Bruce Arians said Wilson and Scotty Miller would split the offensive snaps usually reserved for Breshad Perriman (hamstring) in Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Perriman, who was already been ruled out for the Week 5 contest, has had a regular spot in three-receiver sets this season, but it hasn't meant much from a production standpoint with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans dominating the overall target share. Unless Godwin's hip injury limits him or keeps him sidelined versus New Orleans, neither Wilson nor Miller would be likely to see meaningful volume in the passing game. Of the two, Wilson seems better positioned to see more work, given that he played 35 snaps to Miller's eight after the injury knocked Perriman out early in the Week 4 win over the Rams.
Wilson secured one of four targets for 14 yards in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Wilson bumped up a notch to No. 4 receiver with Breshad Perriman exiting early in the game with a hamstring injury. The Florida State product corralled only a quarter of the passes thrown his way, but he at least recorded his first catch of the season. Wilson could see similar opportunity again in Week 5 against the Saints if Perriman is forced to sit out that contest.
Wilson failed to bring in his only target and returned five punts for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Wilson at least logged six snaps from scrimmage Sunday after not having seen the field on offense in Week 2 against the Panthers. However, for the moment, it appears his opportunities to touch the ball will only come on returns, as the Buccaneers continue to go with an extremely tight receiver rotation that consists of just Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman for all practical purposes.
Wilson was limited to 12 special teams snaps in Thursday's 20-14 win over the Panthers and returned three punts for 21 yards. He muffed one of those opportunities but recovered.
Through two games, Wilson hasn't been afforded the opportunity to prove he can carry over the improvement as a receiver he'd shown throughout OTAs, training camp and preseason. However, the shifty wideout did provide a nifty 11-yard return Thursday. He still appears to slot in behind Justin Watson on the receiver depth chart, however, as Watson actually logged two snaps from scrimmage. As long as the players in front of him enjoy good health, Wilson's role figures to remain what it is at present.
Wilson returned one punt for no gain in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Wilson logged six snaps from scrimmage and added 13 on special teams, and he notably worked as the No. 4 receiver ahead of Justin Watson. While that didn't equate to any offensive stats in Week 1, the disjointed nature of Jameis Winston's performance could have had a part to play. Wilson's punt returner job will be his most consistent path to potential production from game to game for the time being, but based on the notable improvement he displayed as a receiver in training camp and preseason, he's likely to eventually get involved as a pass catcher as well.
Wilson brought in one of two targets for 12 yards, returned two kickoffs for 32 yards and ran back two punts for 21 yards in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.
Wilson got another look at multiple positions to wrap up the preseason, giving him an opportunity to advance what is already a relatively strong case for a spot on the initial 53-man roster. The FSU product has made strides in all aspects of his game this summer, and he appears to have locked up either the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver role along with what could be at least one return job to open the season.
Wilson brought in all four of his targets for 28 yards, rushed once for two yards, and returned three punts for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday.
Wilson continued building his case for a roster spot with another solid exhibition showing, joining his primary competition for the No. 4 receiver job, Justin Watson, as the only other wide receiver to have a 100.0 percent catch rate on the night. Wilson's reception tally also co-led the Buccaneers, and he flashed his elusiveness with a nifty 14-yard punt return as well. Wilson appears to be on solid footing for a spot on the final 53-man roster, with next Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys affording him one more opportunity to specifically lock down the No. 4 wideout job to open the campaign.
Wilson secured two of seven targets for 48 yards and returned one kickoff for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
The poor catch rate aside, Wilson still found a way to make an impact, primarily through a 30-yard grab. The FSU product has been able to successfully carry his push for a roster spot from the practice field to the first two exhibitions, and he'll look to further make his case against the Browns in next Friday's third preseason tilt.
Wilson brought in three of five targets for 36 yards and returned two kickoffs for 39 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.
Wilson has drawn solid reviews for his improvement as a receiver during training camp, so it was encouraging to see him demonstrate it during game action. Wilson also was solid in his pair of kick-return opportunities and will continue to push for the No. 4 receiver role against the Dolphins in next Friday's preseason contest.
Wilson appears to be improved as a receiver and is making a strong case for the No. 4 wideout job early in camp, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Vitali describes Wilson, who caught just four passes for 52 yards last season from Weeks 13-17 while logging 69 offensive snaps, as having taken a step forward as a wideout. Wilson racked up 284 yards on kickoff returns during that span as well, but he'll naturally have an even better chance of sticking on the roster if he can prove a viable option in the latter portion of the wide receiver depth chart. Wilson had a particularly productive day Sunday, with Greg Auman of The Athletic reporting Wilson made a nice catch on a deep in from a ball thrown by Jameis Winston and an acrobatic grab down the left sideline on a pass from backup QB Ryan Griffin.
Wilson (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
After impressing Tampa Bay coaches during OTAs, Wilson will begin the team's mandatory minicamp on the sideline. The injury, however, is being viewed as minor, so Wilson shouldn't remain out for long.
Wilson is impressing as a receiver early in OTAs, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Wilson saw action in five games last season as a depth receiver and special teams contributor, posting four catches for 52 yards and adding 284 kick return yards. The speedy 24-year-old has been getting behind defenders over the first two weeks of on-field work and also earned praise from coach Bruce Arians during the first week of OTAs for improved route running. Wilson capped off the second week of sessions with an impressive touchdown reception in the back corner of the end zone Thursday. He'll look to continue carving out a path to a roster spot at a position that saw two notable offseason departures (DeSean Jackson and Adam Humprhries).
Wilson brought in his only target for 16 yards and returned three kickoffs for 91 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
Wilson got in some valuable game reps over the final five games of the season, logging a combined 69 snaps from scrimmage over that span. Wilson brought in four of five targets for 52 yards in that sample, with his involvement naturally minimal considering the pass catchers ahead of him on the depth chart. Moreover, the FSU product also showed well on special teams, averaging 28.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns. Only 23 years of age and on the books for a modest $645,000 in 2019, Wilson is likely to be given every opportunity to make his bid for a roster spot in training camp and preseason this coming summer.
Wilson brought in two of three targets for 28 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 69 yards.
Wilson had a modest role in the passing game, posting season highs in both receptions and receiving yardage in the process. However, he was also involved in a play that ultimately tilted the game in favor of the Cowboys for good. Wilson had trouble handling an attempted handoff from Jameis Winston on a reverse late in the third quarter at the Bucs' 20-yard line, and the loose ball was recovered by Dallas' Randy Gregory and run back to the four-yard line. The fumble ultimately went on Winston's ledger, but Wilson did have his hands on the ball during the play as well. The FSU product could well be given an even more extensive look during the Week 17 finale against the Falcons with Tampa in full evaluation mode.
Wilson returned three kickoffs for 80 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Wilson handled kickoff returns for the second consecutive contest, turning in a respectable average of 26.7 yards per runback. The FSU product could potentially see some action from scrimmage over the last two games of the season now that the Buccaneers are officially eliminated from playoff contention, but he's much more likely to remain in his current special teams role.
Wilson brought in his only target for eight yards and returned two kickoffs for 44 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Wilson logged his first offensive touch of the season and was also solid on his pair of kickoff runbacks. The FSU product already equaled his reception total from last season with Sunday's modest tally, but he may not achieve active status once DeSean Jackson (thumb) is able to return to action.
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