“Home Run” Threat High On List, Koetter SaysJanuary 10th, 2017
How fitting it is for the man wielding the official Bucs “big mother f%$^’n stick” to talk about scoring a “home run” this offseason.
That’s winning head coach Dirk Koetter.
And yes, Koetter pushed a big stack of the chips into the pot when addressing the receiver position on the Buccaneers Radio Network last week.
Bucs fan Gary in Pinellas Park: I think on offense some speed at the wide receiver position would really help Jameis’ development. I just want to get your take on that.
Dirk Koetter: Absolutely. Could not agree more. You know, it was unfortunate when we lost Vincent Jackson and, you know, we had to fill in with some guys. And it’s nothing against them, but we definitely would love to add a guy with some home run speed on the opposite side of Mike [Evans], I totally agree. I think it would help Jameis a lot. And it’s very high on our priority list. I can promise you.
DeSean Jackson anyone? He’d be awfully expensive after his strong year in what’s potentially a relatively weak class of free agent receivers.
But the 30-year-old can still fly, as was spelled out in December by BSPN and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.
Jackson’s speed remains his best asset — he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds at the 2008 combine, and if he’s not currently at that speed, he’s close. Jackson often leaves a little in reserve on a route, allowing him to separate from defensive backs down the field.
“He’s not slowed down at all,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “Sometimes when he’s jogging it looks like he’s running 100 miles an hour. He’s got great speed, obviously. He’s got great quickness and still has unbelievable hands. And that’s what you take for granted. You think of him just as speed guy, but some of the catches he made against Carolina, you saw the great hands and the great ball control and body control that he has. Exceptional player.”
Big decisions ahead for Koetter and general manager Jason Licht, the man sitting on the massive pile of salary cap cash available for 2017.