Sully’s Guy Fighting For A GigAugust 7th, 2013
Veteran wideout Derek Hagan’s got a career in broadcasting ahead of him if he wants it. Joe had his first chance to chat with Hagan yesterday.
Battling for a gig in Bucs training camp, Hagan is eager to prove his value tomorrow night in the preseason opener. Hagan acknowledged he’s here because Mike Sullivan wanted him.
“Sully, he was my receivers coach when I played for the Giants for a few years and, you know, we had a good relationship and I know the offense,” Hagan said. “Once Steve Smith retired [in Bucs spring camp] it gave me an opportunity to come in and fight for a job.
“It’s pretty much the same offense [we ran in New York].”
Yes, Hagan appears to be on the outside looking in among the wide receivers corps, but his known special teams prowess shouldn’t be overlooked.
“I’m able to come in and move the chains on third down, or if they need me on punt, kickoff, kickoff return, anything. I’m just there to do it. I just look at myself as being complete receiver because most receivers don’t want to play on special teams, and I’m actually one of the few who wants to do it,” Hagan said.
Free-agent pickup Kevin Ogletree has gotten the majority of the reps at No. 3 receiver in training camp. Chris Owusu is unproven but very impressive in practice, and Tiquan Underwood has been battling hamstring issues. Hagan, with 129 career catches and a history with Sullivan, does have a chance, and there’s always a shot the Bucs keep six receivers.
Remember, rockstar general manager Mark Dominik kept seven receivers to open the 2010 season – Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Sammie Stroughter, Preston Parker, Micheal Spurlock, Maurice Stovall and Reggie Brown.