Ogletree Followed “Favorite Coach,” FreemanMay 30th, 2013
Now that the Steve Smith revival tour is over, it’s all but a lock that offseason pick-up Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood will be your Nos. 3 & 4 Buccaneer wide receivers (not necessarily in that order).
Both are versatile. Both are overachieving fifth-year veterans. Neither is a standout. So they should stage one of the more fun position battles of the preseason, especially if yesterday’s practice was any indication. Both guys looked sharp.
Ogletree told Joe how he left Dallas and followed his “favorite coach” to Tampa. That would be John Garrett, the Bucs new wide receivers coach, who was working with tight ends coach and passing game coordinator in Dallas and was Ogletree’s position coach at the University of Virginia.
“He’s very lively and never embarrassed to admit he loves football and coaching football. He’s one of my favorite coaches, if not my favorite coach I’ve ever been around,” Ogletree said of Garrett. “That amount of passion he has for coaching really helps out our whole group and the whole team.”
Garrett, a former NFL receiver, loves to mix it up on the practice field. It’s common to see him grab guys and direct them physically.
“He doesn’t hit us (laughs), but he’s definitely physical and hands-on, for sure,” Ogletree said. “He does a really phenomenal job getting guys familiar with details inside the film room, and especially out when we get out there. Attention to detail. That’s where he’s exceptional.”
Ogletree also said Josh Freeman’s big arm and desire to “rip it” was another attraction to the Bucs.
Joe’s really not quite sure what the Bucs have in Underwood and Ogletree. Here’s a quote about Ogletree from Tony Romo in late October, regarding Ogletree somewhat disappearing in the Cowboys offense after Week 1.
“A lot of it’s been dictated by the coverage and by what teams are doing [defensively against the Cowboys],” Tony Romo said yesterday. “Kevin’s playing well. He just needs to go get the ball every once in a blue moon. He’s worked on that very hard this year.”
The “blue moon” comment is hardly inspiring.
Regardless, the Bucs didn’t lose games last year because of their No. 3 receiver, and Joe doesn’t expect any issues from Underwood and Ogletree this season. Whether one or both can have a standout year — ala Preston Parker in the slot in 2011 — is a bigger question mark.