Jordan Shipley Discusses Signing With BucsAugust 21st, 2012
The newest member of the Bucs wide receiver corps, Jordan Shipley, who signed yesterday, got a chance to discuss his landing in Tampa Bay after this morning’s steamy practice at One Buc Palace.
“I am excited,’ Shipley said. “I got a phone call yesterday and I’m here at practice this morning. It’s a pretty quick turnaround and I expect to be down here and playing football.”
Shipley, let go by the Cincinnati Bengals, claims his knee – he blew out the ACL two weeks into 2011 – and had to have reconstructive surgery on, is just fine now.
“I feel good,” Shipley said. “It’s one of those deals where I spent extra time warming it up and I will be icing it afterwards. If teals good. I’m ready to go.”
Shipley is eager to latch onto the Bucs 53-man roster as he sees a bright future in Tampa Bay.
“I definitely feel like I will do anything I can to contribute and help this team win,” Shipley said. “It has been a little while since I have played in a regular season game. I have got to go out there and show what I can do. I am full-go right now.
“I am honestly not sure what [the Bengals] thought process was [in his release]. I’m just glad to be in Tampa. I think this is a team where there is a lot of discipline going on and it is going to be a great thing and this team is going to get better and better. it has a great quarterback and lot of great players.”
Shipley is open to any responsibility, including returning punts.
“It was my rookie year I got to some [punt returns] in the preseason and had a couple of long ones,” Shipley said of his last stint as a punt returner. “I love punt return. Any chance to get out there I will go out there.”
The surprise of practing with the Bucs this morning hasn’t seemed to rub off of Shipley quite yet.
“I was a little surprised because we haven’t talked to [the Bucs] and as far as I know my agent hadn’t talked to them beforehand,” Shipley said. “But it was a good surprise.
“It is a totally different system as far as terminology. I am going to have a busy day today and this week.”