John Franklin

John Franklin

Wide Receiver #47
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 186 lb.
College:Florida Atlantic
Age:26
Born:September 21, 1994
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

John Franklin: 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.

September 1, 2020 5:05 PM EST

John Franklin: 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.

August 30, 2020 7:38 AM EST

John Franklin: 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.

August 24, 2020 10:42 AM EST

John Franklin: 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.

August 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST

John Franklin: 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.

July 28, 2020 10:38 PM EST

John Franklin: 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.

December 29, 2019 8:56 AM EST

John Franklin: 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.

December 24, 2019 2:05 PM EST

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