Herron Slotted Nicely For Opening Day

August 24th, 2014

Lovie Smith told media numerous times that who plays in the “dress rehearsal” game in Buffalo, and when they play, will reveal an awful lot about what Lovie thinks of the player.

Rookie wide receiver Robert Herron was targeted on the opening call of the Bucs offense.

The Bucs’ offensive line was still in matador mode and the quick strike to Herron was a two-yard loss, but the statement on Herron was made. And the sixth-round pick was on the field for a handful of exotic-looking receiver sets with the first team.

Veteran receivers Louis Murphy and Chris Owusu, for example, didn’t have a ball thrown their way with the first team.

Considering Bucs general manager Jason Licht gave a public nod to Herron eight days ago, Joe’s quite certain Herron will make the 53-man roster and get a shot at a vital role in the offense.

Herron has the speed the regime covets, runs good routes and makes athletic plays on the ball, and his questionable hands have improved. And it surely doesn’t hurt Herron that Jeff Demps can’t hold on to the football and failed to show he can play special teams.


23 Responses to “Herron Slotted Nicely For Opening Day”

  1. Stevie Blart Says:

    Joe’s not playing complaint department. These comments have been deleted. Many were from the same person with multiple user names.–Joe

  2. Dan Says:

    i am hopeful for this kid to big things!

  3. Mac Says:

    Hopefully he can be one of the small shifty guys that will avoid injury…

    What is he like 5’8″ 185?

  4. BucBob1 Says:

    You’re not fooling me!

  5. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Was happy when we got him late in the draft. But he needs to step his game up quickly because he is easily replaceable.

  6. unbelievable Says:

    Dude he’s a 6th round pick.

    Can we give him a few weeks, or god forbid an entire season, to develop before we start saying he should be replaced? You can teach routes, techniques, concnepts, timing. You can’t teach speed.

  7. Tackleblockwin Says:


    The NFL is not the league to develop potential #3 WRs. We need depth at WR too. Imagine if VJAX or Evans goes down. You feel as confident in this kid as other available WRs?

  8. DallasBuc Says:

    Yet another decision to protect an acquisition without production to try and save face. This guy has by all accounts up until this article failed to catch the damn ball and has no business running with first team NFLers. This is classic do-no-wrong in the face of objective and empirical data otherwise. Hope this guy turns out because it sounds like another Aurelious Benn, Kyle Moore, Myron effin Lewis type of play to protect the guy you acquired!!! Man this is so obvious…

  9. OB Says:


    With Demps not catching a ball that hit him in his hands in the end zone yesterday, I think he is toast and that Streeter and Page are for the practice squad if they get through waviers. As for Herron, he was blasted on that play and held on to the ball.

  10. DallasBuc Says:

    Joe- in your honest opinion, who was the better WR in practice until now?…Streeter or Herron

  11. JT Says:

    Outside of Jackson and Evans our wide receivers are below average. I think keeping Williams would’ve created a scary good trip of wideouts. Plus ASJ and Martin. Wow.

  12. chipbuc Says:

    Tackleblockwin says: Im with unbelievable says, Herron has loads of potential and speed, give him some time to develop and you might have a future steve smith on your hands.

  13. Tackleblockwin Says:

    @Dallas Buc

    I agree with you. But it is really strange because missing on a 6th rd pick should not be a big deal all the time. It happens. Many thought this kid would be a steal. This should not be an ego thing, but I have a feeling that is the way Licht is handling it.

  14. Red86 Says:

    I like Herron. Hope he’s able to contribute in the future.

  15. RCS Says:

    The play to Herron was a good design and I think will eventually be for a big gain. The WR just didn’t hold the block long enough to allow Collins to come over and clean up the block.

  16. Joe Says:

    With Demps not catching a ball that hit him in his hands in the end zone yesterday, I think he is toast and that Streeter and Page are for the practice squad if they get through waviers.

    Lovie is obsessed with speed. That’s why Demps stays (though Joe does not disagree with you) and Bowers has a prayer of staying.

  17. DallasBuc Says:

    “Joe- in your honest opinion, who was the better WR in practice until now?…Streeter or Herron”
    No answer is speaking loudly…”as far as that’s concerned”

  18. Joe Says:

    “Joe- in your honest opinion, who was the better WR in practice until now?…Streeter or Herron”
    No answer is speaking loudly…”as far as that’s concerned”

    Streeter. Herron has had, up until recently, bad case of the dropsies.

    Thing is, Herron they drafted and he has speed, which Lovie covets.

  19. DallasBuc Says:

    Dexter Jackson, the WR/KR they traded back in the 2nd for instead of grabbing Desean Jackson had speed too but couldn’t handle the pro game. Why do you think a man like Lovie puts a factor like speed over ability that is put on game tape? Worrisome, no?

  20. Joe Says:


    What did Streeter in was he is not a special teams guy. See your point, but sort of subscribe to Lovie’s lust for speed. You can’t coach it and it can be a dangerous weapon. Time will tell if this is a mistake or not. To be fair, Herron seems to have overcome his dropsies.

    Jeff Demps? Not so much.

  21. Capt.Tim,back from Davie Jones's Locker Says:

    Speed kills, and you can’t teach it
    Not a bad decision. With the enormous WRs and TEs we are sending out, let’s give them blazing speed to think about also.

  22. DallasBuc Says:

    “Jeff Demps? Not so much.”
    Are you referring to the woefully underthrown ball by McCown that barely hit his hip when he was running to the spot in the endzone where the ball was supposed to be reasonably located? I am not at practice so I only judge what I can see and nothing so far in actual games has led me to believe that Demps can’t catch the ball. Besides, the job description for Herron includes catching the damn ball. Demps is a running back. Let’s not confuse the roles here. Bottom line is that this is an obvious move to put ego over what’s best for the team. Seen it in many forms so far under new regime. Quantity over quality.
    That said, I can’t wait for opening day! Go Bucs

  23. Braheem Ackmadia Says:

    Once you make the team…….it doesnt matter how you got here or where you came from. Just Ball-Out as a Buc and thats what you will be! A Buc!

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