Finding “Speed In Space”January 22nd, 2014
During the little time new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has spent speaking publicly, he’s repeated his desire to get the football in positions where the Bucs can use “speed in space.”
Obviously, Doug Martin is an explosive player when healthy, but what other wheels do the Bucs have?
Track star/running back Jeff Demps is coming off surgery and may not be committed to football. That’s really about it when you talk about standout speed on the Bucs. Sorry, Joe’s confident the Tiquan Underwood era is over.
So the Bucs will have to go get some speed. Joe wrote about the potential drafting of Wyoming speedster Robert Herron, and now there’s a lot of noise coming out of the Senior Bowl on tiny Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders, who measured just under 5-9 and 164 pounds. You might remember him carving up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. He’s played in the slot and played plenty outside, as well.
Former scout turned NFL.com draft guru Daniel Jeremiah featured Saunders in this video yesterday from Senior Bowl practice. Jeremiah like his precision. Joe would think Saunders could be had in the third or fourth round.
It would take a creative and versatile offensive coordinator to use a guy like Saunders effectively. Hopefully, the Bucs have found just that sort of guru in Tedford.