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John Franklin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #47
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #47

John Franklin News

Waived from PUP list

Tampa Bay waived Franklin (knee) from the physically unable to perform list with an injury settlement Thursday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Franklin underwent surgery for a torn ACL in September 2020 and doesn't appear to be fully recovered yet as he failed his physical Tuesday. If he is able to get healthy, the 26-year-old will be free to sign with another team during the 2021 campaign.

Aug 27, 2021 8:42 AM EST


Reverts to PUP list

Franklin (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to Tampa Bay's PUP list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Franklin was waived with a failed physical designation Tuesday, and he'll move to the PUP list after passing through the waiver wire unclaimed. The 26-year-old underwent surgery for a torn ACL in September 2020 and apparently isn't fully recovered.

Aug 18, 2021 8:42 PM EST



Waived by Buccaneers

Franklin (knee) was waived with a failed physical designation by the Buccaneers on Tuesday,Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Franklin was placed on the PUP list prior to the start of training camp as he continued to recover from ACL surgery. However, it appears he may not be as far along as the Buccaneers had thought, given his failed physical status. Once he is fully recovered, the wideout will look to sign on with a new club.

Aug 17, 2021 8:12 PM EST


Moves to PUP list

The Buccaneers placed Franklin (knee) on the active/PUP list Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Franklin is still making his way back from surgery undergone to repair a torn left ACL last offseason. A versatile athlete who played both wideout and quarterback in college, Franklin will continue to progress in his rehab with an eye toward Week 1.

Jul 22, 2021 12:59 PM EST


Undergoes ACL surgery

Franklin underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Franklin was placed on season-ending injured reserve before the full severity of his knee issue was revealed. The 25-year-old's rehab process should leave him with ample time to return to full health for 2021.

Sep 1, 2020 5:05 PM EST



Undergoes surgery, heads to IR

Franklin underwent surgery on his left knee, and he was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Franklin will be shut down for the season after he was injured Aug. 21. It's an unfortunate injury because head coach Bruce Arians liked Franklin's versatility on offense and also believed he could be an emergency quarterback. The 25-year-old will turn his attention to the 2021 campaign.

Aug 30, 2020 7:38 AM EST


Hits injured reserve

Franklin (leg) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Sunday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The versatile Franklin was carted off during Friday's practice, and this latest report confirms the extent of his injury. The 25-year-old's placement on IR before final roster cuts means he's ineligible to return during the 2020 campaign. Franklin had been envisioned as a possible emergency quarterback on game day this coming season, and there was also a possibility he could have had a minor offensive role on occasion.

Aug 24, 2020 10:42 AM EST


Heads off on cart

Franklin (leg) was carted off the field during Friday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old wide receiver has played in just one game since entering the league in 2018, but the Buccaneers believed he was athletic enough to make the team this year and serve as a depth receiver and even an emergency quarterback. There's no clarification about the severity or nature of Franklin's injury.

Aug 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST


Could have multiple roles

Franklin will enter training camp as a receiver but could also serve as the emergency quarterback on game days this coming season as per coach Bruce Arians, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old spent the majority of last season on the practice squad, although he did log two snaps on offense in Week 17 against the Falcons after being promoted earlier that week. Franklin is a versatile athlete that saw time at both quarterback and receiver in his college days at Auburn and Florida Atlantic, and both his mobility (659 rush yards at 10.6 yards per carry in two college seasons) and ability to fill multiple roles may garner him active status at times in 2020.

Jul 28, 2020 10:38 PM EST


Listed as receiver in finale

Franklin, previously listed as cornerback during his time on the practice squad, is listed as a receiver and is active for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The versatile Florida Atlantic product will help round out the Buccaneers' depleted receiver group in Week 17 after getting the call from the practice squad earlier in the week. Franklin will presumably operate as the No. 5 wideout, with fellow practice squad call-up Jaydon Mickens, who has 16 games of NFL experience, slotting in ahead of him.

Dec 29, 2019 8:56 AM EST


Getting chance with Tampa Bay

Franklin was promoted from the practice squad to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Franklin had been on Tampa Bay's practice squad as a cornerback for the past six weeks, but he's also being experimented with in other areas of the game and coach Bruce Arians said Monday that he's looking for the right way to utilize Franklin's skillset. However, it's not certain that Franklin will see the field during Sunday's season finale against the Falcons.

Dec 24, 2019 2:05 PM EST


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