Bucs Could Have Strong WR RotationAugust 20th, 2013
No, Joe just cannot peg the Bucs as winning the NFC South. Atlanta is too strong and the Bucs simply have too many question marks for Joe to go there.
Greg Bedard, one of the platoon of writers hired by Olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King to type for his website, theMMQB.com, took copious notes when the Bucs practiced with the Pats in Bedard’s former stomping grounds and believes one thing the Bucs could have is a strong bevy of wide receivers.
I think I had two overriding thoughts as I watched the Buccaneers go through two padded practices and a game against the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., this past week, and they revolved around the offense. If the Bucs are going to go anywhere, they need two things to happen: Two players not named Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson are going to have to emerge as weapons, and quarterback Josh Freeman is going to have to be more consistent. On the first point, receiver Mike Williams has been a consistent contributor over his first three seasons—65, 65 and 63 receptions, respectively—but will he be the same player after receiving a big contract this offseason? He was nothing more than average against the Patriots last week. Conversely, free agent pickup Kevin Ogletree (who never had more than 32 catches in a season in four years in Dallas) was outstanding, so that bodes well for receiver rotation. As for Freeman, he looked to be the same player he’s always been—a wildly inconsistent but physically gifted quarterback. Most of his problems seem to stem from his footwork; specifically, his strides appear erratic. If Freeman finally gets it, and the Bucs get constant contributions from Williams and Ogletree, they’ll be dangerous.
The wide receiver rotation should be a Bucs strength. With Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood, and hopefully Chris Owusu can stay healthy and overcome his fear of bright lights, this very well may be the deepest the Bucs have been at wide receiver since Chucky’s first year with the Bucs, which ended in Chucky holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft in victory on a February San Diego night.
It’s a far cry from the lot of receivers Father Dungy trotted out for the Bucs in the late 1990s.