“Electric”January 10th, 2017
Spoiler alert: as you’ll hear in Thursday’s edition of the Ira Kaufman Podcast, the topic of wide receivers is long and deep.
In the podcast, Joe mentions the Bucs need depth at wide receiver nearly as much as a stud to play opposite Mike Evans.
For example, the Steelers run out all of their wide receivers during games and, with the possible exception of Sammie Coates, who couldn’t catch a cold, Joe is convinced every reserve receiver on the Steelers’ roster could start for the Bucs.
The hastag #WeaponsForWinston is on every social media platform known in the free world in an effort to beg, plead, encourage Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to get more toys for Jameis to throw to.
This same subject was a talking point in a recent Bucs Uncensored podcast from Joe’s good friend “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski. He too is thinking like Joe; it shouldn’t just be a top shelf receiver targeted by Licht, but guys with skills for depth.
One such player Pawlowski has in his sights is Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who Pawlowski deems “electric.”
“[The Bucs need] a guy who can take a short pass and take it the distance, something Dirk Koetter pointed out specifically in his press conference,” Pawlowski said. “Cordarrelle Patterson can. He’s not a No. 1, he’s probably not even a No. 2. I think he is a guy you will throw out there a few plays a game and try to get the ball in his hands.
“And unlike Charles Sims, once [Patterson] gets the ball in his hands, he can be electric. Speaking of being electric, on punt and kick returns he is equally electric.”
This is exactly the kind of depth guy Joe speaks is referencing, a guy who can stretch the field off the bench and defenses must respect. A guy who can do more things than just play wide receiver a half-dozen times a game unless he is starting for an injured starter.
If the Bucs can find two guys like this, and a bonafide No. 2 receiver to join Adam Humphries and Evans, now you are cooking with gas.
And by the way, if you aren’t listening to Pawlowski’s podcasts, what the hell is the matter with you?