Schiano Endorses Eric PageAugust 28th, 2013
Barring a major, unexpected change, the Bucs will open the regular season with a 21-year-old return man out of the University of Toledo.
That would be Eric Page, who has taken over the job in preseason. He’s looked good, not great. But most important for the New Schiano Order, Page hasn’t fumbled, a problem that cost Preston Parker the job last season, among other Bucs.
“I think [Eric] Page has done a good job. Every game he’s done a better job. He looks very confident back there. He looks like he belongs,” Greg Schiano said today after practice.
Page blew out his knee with the Broncos last season and is 13 months removed from ACL surgery. It’s interesting that Schiano noted that Page is getting better steadily. If you ask Page, he’ll tell you he’s also getting physically stronger with each game.
Page was a hot target of the Bucs last season after coming out of college undrafted, but Page chose the Broncos. However, the Bucs’ interest didn’t subside.
“I’m just glad they kept pursuing me and trusted me to come back,” Page said today.
Joe’s pulling for the kid in a big way. Unless Joe’s overlooking someone, the Bucs don’t have a legitimate returner behind Page.