Practice Stud Owusu Seeking A BreakthroughJune 12th, 2014
Bucs wide receiver Chris Owusu is one of those guys who talks about his team when you ask him about himself.
A Stanford graduate with a degree in biology, and a seemingly natural politician, Owusu is publicly all about team to the nth degree.
But something it’s hard to spin your body language.
Owusu is having another standout spring, which doesn’t mean much in the NFL. Fall is what counts. Regardless, Owusu is impressing all over the field, and yesterday he largely was the No. 1 wideout in the passing game with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans off the field.
He also was the first-team kick returner.
Lovie Smith has talked about Owusu’s impressive ways and noted his 4.3 speed out of college.
Now healthy, Joe asked Owusu about how he feels about his play, and Owusu gave a typical (for him) answer.
“I think the team’s playing at a high level right now,” Owusu said. “I mean, for having a new coaching staff, for having a new offensive coordinator, I think this offense is ready to go. Just with the limited kind of knowledge we have of the offense, you know, it’s great to see us go practice at a high level and see Josh [McCown] lead the way he’s leading.
“I think I’m picking the offense up well, too. So it’s going to be an encouraging year.”
But when Joe followed up with a question about whether Owusu still has the 4.3 speed he entered the NFL with in 2012, Owusu cracked a big grin.
“I feel fast. That’s how I feel right now, playing fast,” Owusu said with a smile.
Joe’s not sure what it all means with the 24-year-old Owusu. He was dynamite through spring and training camp last year, but dropped multiple balls in the preseason opener last season before a serious ankle injury in that game.
So now it’s back to play the “hope” game for the guy former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik plucked from the San Diego practice squad two years ago.
Owusu added that he’s getting more help than ever — from his quarterback.
“Oh, man, his leadership is bar none,” Owusu said of Josh McCown. “I mean it’s just amazing to have him and Vincent Jackson, and a bunch of these veteran guys, to lead the way they’re leading. Plus, the style of this coaching staff. It’s amazing.”