Wide receiver is arguably the deepest position for the Buccaneers at this point in the offseason. Aside from the locked-in starters – Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson – the team spent two 2015 draft picks to bolster the position, in addition to signing three undrafted free agents before the start of OTAs.
Along with fifth and sixth round selections Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay making a strong case for the slot position and kick return position, respectively, there are even several undrafted players like Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries that could challenge each other for a final spot.
“They’re real nice and bring something different to the table,” Mike Evans said. “Kenny (Bell) has been real smooth and he seems like a vet, knows the offense just as good as anybody. And D.D. (Donteea Dye) – our free agents, D.D.’s fast, Adam’s (Humphires) fast… All of our receivers have impressed me.”
From Jameis Winston’s perspective, the Bucs have just as much talent at wide receiver as the Florida State Seminoles had during the young quarterback’s time with Kelvin Benjamin and Rashaad Greene.
“You know, I’ve got two KB’s (Kelvin Benjamin) this year, with Vincent being the vet and Mike being the outstanding young guy just like me, one year older than me,” Winston said. “It’s definitely a blessing to have two of those guys, but other guys like Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard and even Kenny Bell; those guys are just doing great.”
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the depth will be important when Vincent retires.
Sorry, not buying the hype this year. When I see the depth come through against other NFL teams I’ll believe it. Last season, PR and the Bucs had us believing that the offense was going to be a top 10 unit only to see it fall on their collective faces when facing other NFL teams.
I have some guarded optimism – but I’m not drinking the kool-aid yet.
Agree Nitey. It’s ok. But the guess is we will draft a wr high or sign a decent fa in 2017.
I see that its a 8 player race for 5 or 6 slots. Jackson,Evans,Louis Murphy, Rookie 5th Rd Kenny Bell then 6rd Kalein Clay wr then rest undraft Donteea Dye & Adam Humphries will be very Interested battle anybody get hurt their gone untill next yr except the two starters.That is how I see it- Go Bucs Is there any one of the new Rookies receivers reminds them of the great Kevin House!
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