Vincent Jackson Continues To InfluenceJuly 30th, 2013
Bucs stud wide receiver Mike Williams has made no secret of how much of an influence Vincent Jackson has made on his career. The veteran star, signed as a free agent prior to last season, took Williams under his wing and showed him all the little things it takes during the week to be able to make big plays on Sundays.
It appears Williams is not the only disciple of Jackson. So too is Chris Owusu.
The Stanford product has been on Joe’s radar since OTAs. As Joe told his good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, nearly every time he saw a wide receiver make a spring play, Joe looked at his roster to check who it was, and virtually every time it was Owusu.
Monday at Day Five of Bucs training camp 2013, Owusu, playing with the first team, put on a show, all but planting a spear at midfield stating he too is in the running for the No. 3 wide receiver position, as WDAE-AM 620 Bucs beat writer Tom Krasniqi documents.
The presence of Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson certainly helps. Owusu believes Jackson has been a tremendous influence on him. “Just attack the defender and be a professional at all times,” Owusu said of what Jackson has taught him. “Vince is the best professional I’ve seen….ever.”
Owusu played his college ball at Stanford and was signed by the 49ers after going undrafted in 2012. He was among San Francisco’s final cuts before last season. He signed with the Chargers and was placed on their practice squad before the Bucs scooped him up last September. The 6-0, 196-pound Owusu has terrific speed—4.36 in the 40—but concussions and various injuries marred his college career. He ran track in high school so he could also be an option as a returner for the Bucs.
As Joe stated yesterday, a strong training camp practice a starting wide receiver does not make. While Owusu impressed Joe for month, he needs to be consistent and show the same skills in preseason games. Let’s not forget Bucs fans, Tiquan Underwood had a strong preseason last year and was cut before being re-signed up later. Just because a receiver has a strong April, May, June and July doesn’t mean he will start, or even be on the final roster of 53.
What Owusu has done thus far has been impressive. He needs to keep it up, if not elevate his game, to lock up a roster spot and a trip to Gotham to play the Jets in September.