Jordan Leggett

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 12/31/19

Here are the reserve/futures deals handed out on New Year’s Eve:

Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/26/19

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Oakland Raiders

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Buccaneers Promote Franklin, Mickens

The Buccaneers promoted cornerback John Franklin and wide receiver Jaydon Mickens from the practice squad to the active roster on Tuesday. To make room, the Buccaneers waived wide receiver Ishmael Hyman and tight end Jordan Leggett.

Franklin has been playing cornerback on the Bucs’ taxi squad for the past six weeks, but he also played quarterback in college. After running the scout team offense in practice last week to mimic Deshaun Watson, it’s possible that Franklin could also see time under center in the Bucs’ season finale or at some point next year, if he sticks on the roster.

Johnathan Franklin did an unbelievable job being Deshaun Watson last week at quarterback,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “He gave our defense a tremendous look. [He] made me think about, ‘Hmm, what do we want to do with him?’ He’s really a corner, but he’s been a quarterback and he’s been a receiver. He’s a really good athlete – it’s just finding a niche for him.”

Four new players have debuted for the Bucs over the last couple of weeks as they take a look ahead towards their 2020 plans. Franklin and Mickens have a chance to join that group. Mickens already has 16 regular season games under his belt thanks to his time with the Jaguars.

Mickens entered the league as UDFA with the Raiders in 2016 and spent his entire rookie season on Oakland’s practice squad. Since then, he’s spent time with the Jaguars (taxi squad and active roster) and had a stay on the Panthers’ training camp roster over the summer. In 16 games for the Jags, he recorded six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.9 yards on 39 punt returns and 21.1 yards on eight kickoff returns.

The Bucs will wrap up the 2019 season against the Falcons on Sunday.

More Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

  • Claimed off waivers (Giants): LB Tae Davis

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Promoted from practice squad: CB Tevaughn Campbell

Miami Dolphins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/3/19

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad decisions:

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

  • Signed: C Brad Lundblade

Cincinnati Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/2/19

We’ll keep track of Monday’s practice squad moves here:

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: WR Davion Davis

New England Patriots

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers 

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Buccaneers Reach 53-Man Max

The Bucs are in the books with their 53-man roster. To get there, they’ve (naturally) dropped a boatload of players.

Among those released is running back Andre Ellington, who was out of football in 2018 but was thought to have a good shot at the roster thanks to his history with Bruce Arians in Arizona. UDFA tailback Bruce Anderson is also out, despite his pass-catching prowess.

Kicker Cairo Santos has also been shown the door after re-signing with the team in March. With that, Matt Gay has won the job.

The rest of the breakdown is below.

WAIVED:

· S John Battle

· DL Terry Beckner

· T Cole Boozer

· S Kentrell Brice

· WR Emanuel Hall

· S Isaiah Johnson

· TE Jordan Leggett

· OLB Noah Spence

· C Nate Trewyn

· CB Mazzi Wilkins

WAIVED/INJURED:

· DL Jeremiah Ledbetter

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY:

· QB Nick Fitzgerald

RELEASED:

· K Cairo Santos

AFC East Notes: Jets, Leggett, Pats, Inman

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers beat out four other teams to land former Jets tight end Jordan Leggett off waivers. We now know the identities of those other four clubs, thanks to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter): the Bills, Packers, Steelers and Titans all placed claims on the 2017 fifth-round pick, but the Bucs won out due to their higher waiver priority.

Given the widespread interest in Leggett, one can’t help but wonder if the Jets and interim GM Adam Gase could have netted a conditional draft pick for him in a trade. Instead, the Jets lost the tight end for nothing.

Here’s more from the AFC East:

  • The Jets won’t hire a firm for their GM search, but they have told people that TV personality & sideline reporter Peter Schrager could be contacted for assistance on prospective candidates, according to Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter). However, we have conflicting word on that front – Ralph Vacchiano of SNY (on Twitter) hears that Schrager is only being considered for a broadcast role on the team’s preseason telecasts and won’t have any involvement in the team’s GM hunt.
  • The Patriots gave wide receiver Dontrelle Inman a one-year deal worth $1.5M with $300K guaranteed, plus another $1MM in incentives (Twitter link via Ben Volin of The Boston Globe). Inman still has to win his roster spot, but, as Volin notes, it is notable that he got more than just a minimum deal.
  • The Bills may be without new tight end Tyler Kroft to start the season.
  • The Dolphins made a serious commitment to cornerback Xavien Howard, but they’re still on track to have more than $100MM in spending room next offseason.

Bucs Claim Jordan Leggett

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers claimed tight end Jordan Leggett off waivers. Leggett was cut loose by the Jets and newly minted interim GM Adam Gase earlier this week. 

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Although he hasn’t done much at the pro level, there was a real market for Leggett’s services. Four other teams besides the Bucs entered claims for the Clemson product, Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter) hears.

Leggett, a fifth-round pick in 2017, lost his rookie year to a preseason knee injury. In 2018, Leggett appeared in 15 games, but finished out with just 14 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. All in all, he saw time on 326 offensive plays and 93 special teams plays.

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Jets To Waive TE Jordan Leggett

The Jets are waiving tight end Jordan Leggett, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). This marks the second draft pick of Mike Maccagnan to be jettisoned from the roster, following the trade of linebacker Darron Lee to the Chiefs. 

Leggett showed promise after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft and was slated to start the season at tight end while Austin Seferian-Jenkins served a two-game ban for a DUI. However, a preseason knee injury and subsequent surgery wound up shutting him down for the year. The Clemson product finally took the field last year, but finished out with just 14 catches for 114 yards and one touchdown.

Leggett was targeted frequently in Clemson’s offense over his final two seasons. He notched 46 catches for 736 yards and seven TDs as a senior, but has yet to impress at the pro level. It seems likely that Leggett will catch on elsewhere, but it’s not a given that he’ll be claimed on his current deal.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.