“Proven Route Runner” Kevin OgletreeJune 24th, 2013
Former up-and-coming Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who the Bucs snagged in free agency this offseason, has all the skills he needs to be a very productive piece of the Bucs’ puzzle.
Bucs wide receivers coach John Garrett made that crystal clear to the Buccaneers.com staff.
Garrett coached Ogletree in Dallas and describes Ogletree as a polished and diverse threat.
“He is proven, coming out of college when he came with us at Dallas, to really be able to run routes and win versus 1-on-1,” Garrette said. “And over his career at Dallas he has proven that on the field, and that was an attractive thing here with the Buccaneers, is to get a guy who has proven route-runner ability and has beaten some of the top corners in the league. So he was a good addition … and he can really run.”
Now Joe is not trying to pain Ogletree as a superstar. His “breakout” 2012 season for Dallas was 32 catches and four touchdowns, and the team didn’t re-sign him. But there is a lot of optimism in Bucs camp for him.
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik said Ogletree shined during the Bucs’ offseason workouts. Ogletree also is a happy camper. He told Joe he followed his favorite coach (Garrett) and the big arm of Josh Freeman to Tampa.
Joe’s also seen the burst in Ogletree during practice.
Regardless, competition for the Bucs’ Nos. 3-5 receiver positions is fierce with the recent addition of Derek Hagan.