Ogletree Cementing His No. 3 RoleAugust 9th, 2013
The Bucs snatched up wide receiver Kevin Ogletree in free agency to be their No. 3 receiver, or at least give Tiquan Underwood a lot of competition. To date, Ogletree has landed the job while Underwood has been hurt and largely invisible.
Again last night, Ogletree looked the part against the Ravens. He broke free when Josh Freeman left the pocket during the Bucs’ second drive with the first-team offense. It was a 3rd-and-7 play, and Ogletree caught Freeman’s pass for 22 yards.
“Kevin made some plays,” Schiano said. “You know, Kev’s trying to learn offense. He’s trying to, you know, become part of this football team, find his spot, his niche on the team. And I think it’s happening. You know that’s what the preseason, OTAs, training camp is all about, the chemistry of your team coming together. And I see Kevin fitting in well with our guys.”
Ogletree said he hopes Bucs fans saw a player who loves football.
“I wanted to play the whole game. That’s what I was ready for; that’s what I was geared up for,” Ogletree told Joe. “Hopefully, [fans] see that I love the game. I’m trying to prove to everyone that I’m dependable, just trying to gain trust of my teammates and my coaches and, you know, my peers that I can make the plays when we need them. We got a lot of guys that can make plays around here, just to be consistent and to gain that trust is big.”
Ogletree led the Bucs with five catches for 65 yards. He’s also the hands-down leader for the No. 3 receiver job.
Joe’s not sure anyone has a chance to unseat Ogletree, unless, perhaps, he goes all Owusu in one of the next two preseason games.