The Third ReceiverJune 25th, 2014
Bucs general manager Jason Licht often talks about the “Dunkaneers,” the possibility of Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Tim Wright and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, all 6-foot-4 or taller, going up and grabbing footballs as if they are alley-oop passes at the rim on the hardwood.
But what about that all important third receiver? Most very successful teams have a reliable third receiver. Who could that guy be?
ESPN blogger Pat Yasinskas takes a gander at the possibilities.
Third wide receiver. This one is far from settled. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will be the starters, but the Bucs need production out of some more receivers. Veterans Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy looked good in the offseason program and the team has high hopes for rookie Robert Herron.
Louis Murphy, the pride of Lakewood High School, could be that guy. He’s a former starter but has yet to light things up in his five NFL seasons. But the potential is there for him to be that reliable No. 3. Joe would give Muprhy the edge over Chris Owusu just for the sake of history.
Lovie went after and signed Murphy. Owusu was brought in by former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.
Of course, the wild card is Robert Herron. During underwear football, on crossing patterns, Herron, who runs a 4.3 40-yard dash, simply pulled away from defensive backs.
Joe believes the Bucs want him to be the long-term answer as a slot receiver, but he needs a little polish before he can grab that title.