“He Has Juice”June 3rd, 2014
When Bucs training camp begins this summer, for the folks who want to come out and
gawk at sweaty cheerleaders get an early glimpse of the Pewter Pirates, a cool thing to keep an eye out for is Robert Herron.
The rookie wide receiver from the powerhouse program known as Wyoming is fast. Lightning fast. Joe loves watching him on crossing patterns. When Herron throws it into overdrive coming across the field, defensive backs can’t hang with him. He gets separation each time on these patterns.
“He can go. He has juice!” wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker said today of the sixth-round draft pick. “Defensive backs should be scared of his juice.”
Somewhere, Chucky has a devilish grin on his face. And Bucs fans should, too. Herron (pronounced like the lake, “Huron“). This guy’s wheels could be a game-changer.
“He has done a good job,” Hayes-Stoker said. “You definitely see the explosive ability right away. You see the leaping ability and you see the speed. He has to learn how to tempo his speed in order to be an asset. As far as the mental aspect of the game, he’s done a really nice job. He just has to refine it and shape it down as far as getting some of the details down. As far as the tempo of the game, refine the details.
“He has to learn how to use [his blazing wheels]. Use some of it and then — boom! — at the very end of the route, burst on a guy. Just for him, learn how to use [it]. It’s like having a car with 600 horsepower. You give it to a new driver and sometimes, that’s a lot of power to have. He just has to learn how to control it and how to use it.”
Joe thinks this is very cool. The Bucs have their tall receivers — “the Dunkaneers” — but they are not exactly speed demons.
What a great change-of-pace receiver Herron could be. Joe does know that defensive backs, at least Bucs defensive backs, just cannot cover him on crossing patterns. Herron gets separation each time.