Plant Page On The RosterAugust 30th, 2013
Joe had a discussion with other Bucs scribes last night at halftime of the awful mess that was the loss to the Redskins to put Bucs fans out of their preseason misery.
The question debated: Who will be a surprise cut?
Joe suggested Kevin Ogletree. Most of the scribes jumped back in their chairs in disbelief. “How could you cut him? The Bucs need a No. 3 receiver? Underwood isn’t totally healthy yet,” they exclaimed.
Well, Joe cautioned, Tiquan Underwood, last year’s No. 3 receiver, did not make the Bucs’ 53-man, opening-day day roster. Joe’s argument that Ogletree could be a surprise cut is as follows: what good is a receiver if he cannot catch the ball? And if Ogletree has stood out for anything this summer, it is his ability to impersonate Michael Clayton, which he did again Thursday night. Yeah, Ogletree gets open, but he drops those same passes. What’s the point?
Wide receiver Eric Page will be the Bucs’ return man and also could get into the receivers mix. Already getting public pats on the back from Bucs coach Greg Schiano, Page all but cemented his spot on the roster with a 105-yard kickoff return last night. Yeah, the kickoff was called back on a penalty, but since “Run Micheal Run” Spurlock was returning kicks for the Bucs, the Pewter Pirates have not had a dangerous return man like Page.
Chris Owusu may still be hurt. Underwood is banged up a little, and Ogletree is unable to carry his car keys for fear of them slipping through his hands. Joe’s pretty sure Page has more leverage for staying on the roster than Ogletree.
“That’s up to the coaches,” Page said. “I try to go out there and play, do the best I can. Right now I think I put some pretty good film together.”
On his triple-digit return, Page said, “The hole opened up and the wedge cleared up right for me. All I had to do was run for the daylight and towards the end.”