Bailey made a decent case for a 53-man roster spot before the ankle issue surfaced, but it now appears he will sit out the 2018 campaign after undergoing surgery Saturday, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. If he remains on the list all season, Bailey would get his next chance to state his case in 2019.
Bailey has had a solid preseason with five receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown through the first two contests. He also rounded out his value with special teams duties. The third preseason game is the final dress rehearsal for starters, so sitting out may hurt Bailey's chances to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.
The fourth-quarter touchdown was the latest taste of success for the 24-year-old, who's consistently been impressing in his bid for a spot on the latter half of the wide receiver depth chart. Bailey has not only stood out in multiple camp practices, but he also paced Bucs pass catchers in the preseason opener against the Dolphins with four receptions for 52 yards. Naturally, the last one or two receivers kept on the 53-man roster will have to pull double duty on special teams, and to that end, Bailey logged eight snaps on return units Saturday in addition 20 offensive plays.
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