Starting Rotation Not Set At Wide ReceiverApril 22nd, 2014
When QB Josh McCown got the job and was named the out-of-the gate starter by Lovie Smith, the head coach then qualified that statement by saying he would have a starting rotation at each position for the sake of running practices and managing a team.
Obviously, Vincent Jackson is the Bucs’ No. 1 receiver, but who stands second and third in line on Day 1 of minicamp today at One Buc Palace?
Joe asked Lovie this afternoon, and the head coach was non-committal.
“At receiver, we’re working to get a starting rotation. We’re working to it,” Lovie said. “It’s safe to say that Vincent Jackson will be there once the season starts. And from there we have some other younger players, you know, that will be in a position to prove to us that they belong in that position opposite him right now.
“Again, right now I don’t know a lot about some of our younger receivers, except for we have them on video right now and we get a chance to evaluate them a little bit more.”
Hmm, you think the Bucs are planning to draft a couple of wide receivers? It sure sounds that way.
As Joe referenced in his practice notes, Greg Schiano-era holdovers Eric Page and Chris Owusu got lots of reps with Josh McCown today, but plenty of receivers got their shot, too. The point is practice didn’t reveal a clear No. 2, as of right now.
What is clear is that mattress-on-the-lawn, stripper-pole-friendly, blade-absorbing Mike Williams was not wanted, regardless of how his talent ranked among the Bucs’ stable of receivers.