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J.J. Wilcox | Defensive Back | #27

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 212
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (80) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Bucs signed FS J.J. Wilcox, formerly of the Cowboys, to a two-year contract.
The deal is reportedly worth "up to $8.5 million." A third-round pick in 2013, Wilcox only started four games last season but had his best year as a pro. Bringing in Wilcox likely means Tampa Bay is moving on from free agent Bradley McDougald. Mar 11 - 10:15 AM

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Free agent S J.J. Wilcox will visit the Buccaneers and Seahawks.

Notably, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News said the Cowboys are not pursuing him. Wilcox drew four starts at strong safety last year while filling in for an injured Barry Church. The Dolphins have also been linked to Wilcox.
Mar 9 - 6:23 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are interested in free agent safeties J.J. Wilcox and Duron Harmon.

That's "among other" safeties. The Dolphins have zeroed in on the back end as a need with Isa Abdul-Quddus (neck) potentially unavailable for 2017. Wilcox has also drawn interest from the Bucs.
Mar 8 - 6:24 PM

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports there's mutual interest between the Bucs and free agent FS J.J. Wilcox.

Safety is a massive weak spot in DC Mike Smith's defense in Tampa Bay, and both of last year's starters Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald are free agents. Wilcox was Pro Football Focus' No. 24 safety out of 91 qualifiers last year, grading out well in coverage and against the run. He's known as a big hitter on the back end. Keith Tandy figures to start at one safety spot for Tampa.
Mar 8 - 10:21 AM

Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox (thigh) returned to practice Thursday.

Out since Week 12, this practice at least gives Wilcox a shot to suit up Sunday night against the Bucs, although Week 16 may be more likely. Wilcox has 39 tackles in 471 defensive snaps this season.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox (thigh) is out for Week 13 against the Vikings.

Morris Claiborne (groin) and Justin Durant (hamstring) have also been ruled out. Wilcox suffered a deep thigh bruise in last week's win over Washington. Consider him week to week. Barry Church is expected to return from a broken forearm on Thursday night and should immediately resume his role as the starting strong safety.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox (thigh) is not expected to practice on Tuesday and is likely to miss Thursday's Week 13 game against the Vikings.

Wilcox suffered a bruised thigh playing against the Redskins on Thanksgiving. He's been filling in at strong safety, though he may not be needed this week with Barry Church set to return from a broken forearm. Wilcox holds PFF's 23rd-highest safety grade among 87 qualifiers this year.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:59:00 AM

ESPN's Jean-Jacques Taylor believes Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox is on the roster bubble.

Wilcox started 29 games the last two seasons, but he has struggled in both run and pass defense and has just four interceptions over that span. With Byron Jones moving to safety full time, Wilcox's days in the starting lineup are over, and his spot on the roster could be in danger as well. He is owed $1.66 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Wed, May 18, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Cowboys SS J.J. Wilcox suffered a neck "burner" in Week 10 against the Jaguars.

Wilcox underwent tests earlier this week, but "should be okay." He's started all 10 games this season, making 43 tackles and one interception. He hasn't made many plays, but is better than what the Cowboys got at safety last season.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 09:42:00 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Drew Davison says "all signs point to" J.J. Wilcox opening the season as the starting free safety.

Barry Church will man the other safety spot. A third-round pick last year, Wilcox struggled early in his rookie season, eventually losing his starting job to Jeff Heath. An outstanding athlete, Wilcox has the playmaking upside Dallas' depleted defense is desperate for.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 11:59:00 AM

ESPN Dallas is "hearing good things" about J.J. Wilcox occupying the Cowboys' starting free safety spot this season.

"Good ball skills and a solid tackler," tweeted beat writer Calvin Watkins. VP Stephen Jones expressed similar optimism prior to the draft. Wilcox will compete with Jeff Heath, Matt Johnson, and Jakar Hamilton for the gig next to SS Barry Church. Wilcox was the 80th pick in last year's draft and is a tremendous athlete.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 12:49:00 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones considers J.J. Wilcox the favorite for the starting safety job opposite Barry Church.

"My thoughts are that he’s really got a chance, if he goes back to playing like he had been in training camp and how he was playing toward the end of the year, to be the guy opposite Church," Jones said. A 2013 third-round pick, Wilcox lost his starting job to Jeff Heath in Week 8 and never regained it. There's currently no real competition for Wilcox on the roster outside of an injury-prone Matt Johnson, but the Cowboys could upgrade at safety in the early rounds of next week's draft.
Fri, May 2, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Cowboys rookie FS J.J. Wilcox suffered a knee injury in Thursday's practice, and is in danger of missing Week 8.

According to, the team is "fearing" an MCL sprain, but that it appears Wilcox has avoided a season-ending injury. Either way, he can be all but ruled out for Week 8, leaving the Cowboys' pass defense even more under-manned. Undrafted rookie Jeff Heath will start if Wilcox can't go. It's a boost for Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Third-round rookie J.J. Wilcox will start at free safety for the Cowboys against the Rams on Sunday.

Will Allen played all 132 snaps at free safety the first two weeks. According to Pro Football Focus, he's allowed seven catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in his coverage. Wilcox is extremely raw and has played just six snaps this season. He can't be any worse than Allen. Jared Cook could be in for a monster day over the deep middle. Cook is our No. 6 tight end this week.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 09:09:00 AM

Cowboys signed No. 80 overall pick SS J.J. Wilcox to a four-year contract.

A running back and receiver for his first three years at small-school Georgia Southern, Wilcox has just one year of experience on defense. There was some initial thought he could compete for a starting job, but DBs coach Jerome Henderson has called him "light years" away from being an NFL contributor. In other words, it was another questionable pick by owner/GM Jerry Jones, and Wilcox will likely focus on special teams as a rookie.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 05:06:00 PM

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