Jordan Shipley Joins Bucs Receiving Corps

August 20th, 2012

In an intriguing and possibly telling move, and one that surely has shaken up every Bucs receiver fighting for a job, the Bucs were awarded WR Jordan Shipley off waivers today.

Shipley had a gruesome knee injury last September while playing for the Bengals. In 2010, his rookie season, the former University of Texas star caught 54 balls. The Bengals released him on Aug. 17.

Joe’s concluding a few things from this move, Shipley is likely healthy. Shipley will play on Friday night. And the Bucs aren’t pleased with some of the guys in their receiving corps listed below: 

Vincent Jackson
Mike Williams
Arrelious Benn
Preston Parker
Tiquan Underwood
Sammie Stroughter
Jordan Shipley
Ed Gant 

With all the hot seats in that receivers room, Greg Schiano might have to adjust the thermostat to meet team standards.

43 Responses to “Jordan Shipley Joins Bucs Receiving Corps”

  1. Tuco Says:

    I’ll go out on a limb, and say that Ed Gant gets cut.

  2. Tim Says:

    I rather have Preston Parker and Sammie Stroughter in the slot than another injury prone UT guy.

  3. Architek Says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SIGNING!!!! Barring his health status, he will mop up the floor with Parker and Stroughter. Solid number three matchup problem and if hes healthy we can be a matchup problem like Jordy Nelson.

  4. chrisfwc. :) Says:

    If the ‘Gals didn’t want/need/think he’s healthy, then chances are…

  5. Miracle Says:

    Vincent Jackson
    Mike Williams
    Arrelious Benn
    Preston Parker
    Tiquan Underwood
    Sammie Stroughter

    Who gets cut out of these guys for a question mark like Shipley? Not as talented as Jackson Williams and Benn (or at least as invested). Underwood has been solid and Stroughter is consistent. I could do without Parker but I really would like to see Stroughter stay in a Bucs uniform but I fear the worst.

  6. Santos Says:

    Well played on the thermostat Joe lol

  7. Mr Lucky Says:

    IF Shipley makes the team, a BIG IF,

    THEN we know BENN is history.

    As it currently stands Parker bungled himself off the team. Stroughter will make the practice squad and Underwood is fighting like he really WANTS to make the team.

  8. RastaMon Says:

    I need to see something out of Freeman….soon….either his WR’s are not getting open on time….or he is not seeing them when the are getting open…which is when you pull the trigger….something is not looking aas it should with Freeman

  9. Nate Says:

    I tell you what if he can get healthy hes a stud! Hes definitly better then dezmond briscoe!

  10. chris Says:

    I don’t think the bucs staff are as sold on Stroughter, underwood and Preston parker as we thought they were. Parker , stroughter, and underwood are all decency players but there all 6th and 7th round draft picks. Shipley when healthy is a far better talent than those three.

  11. Tbuc Says:

    Another player dealing with a injury signed by Dominik, how does he still have a job?

  12. c-span Says:


    I’m in the same boat as you. I see other passing offs around the league looking better than the bucs. it scares me that Freeman is not throwing down field. he is also staring down targets, if he doesnt get numbers like 2010. we need to get another qb, because the weapons are there

  13. Patrick Says:

    I really love this signing. I’ve been watching the Longhorns for the past 7 seasons and I’m a big Shipley fan. I was pushing for the Bucs to draft him in 2010…….though Williams was a better pick obviously.

    Cutting Stroughter would be a mistake. He’s been very good on special teams. But Preston Parker is a better receiver.

    I think it’s very possible Benn won’t be on the roster after the pre-season.

  14. Nate Says:

    Something tells me he will be on punt returns against the patriots!

  15. Mike J Says:

    I really liked this guy in college.He looked to like he would easily segue into a good NFL slot receiver. We will have to see if he is healthy, and if so, if he still has the quickness that made him effective.
    It should be kept in mind that Cincy has pretty good numbers at the WR spot this year.This helped make Jordan expendable, and releasing him early might have improved his chances of catching on elsewhere.

  16. Stanglassman Says:

    He does have a great Buccaneer name. Hopefully he can righten our…

  17. AqibSwagTalib Says:

    We better cut Stroughter. If we cut Benn or Parker we would be complete fools. But switching Shipley for Stroughter would give us the best receiving corps in the league.

  18. BigBear Says:

    @Mr. Lucky: Stroughter is not eligible for the practice squad. It seems very unlikely that both Sammie and Preston are cut just to retain Shipely.

  19. BrianW Says:

    Stroughter is clearly the last man on the totem pole. However, if Shipley is really hurt, why not have him “re-aggrevate” it and hide him on IR or PUP-list for a while. He may not be healthy or full speed at least for the beginning of the season anyway, he tore his ACL in September last year (9-12 month recovery). The Bengals were probably just to cheap to pay him on IR or PUP-list!

    Actually, I just read that he was activated off Bengals PUP list already, so he could practice at camp. Then he has had swelling in his knee after preseason games, not healing well. The Bengals are unable to place him back on PUP, and they drafted a couple new WR’s this year anyway, so he was out.

  20. CharlieB Says:

    Best receiving corp in the league is a bit of a stretch. I think we cut gant and stroughter.

  21. Macabee Says:

    Jordan Shipley is a better slot WR than anybody we have in camp when healthy. But that’s a qualified – when healthy. The Bengals are building a WR group around Andy Dalton and wouldn’t likely get rid of a highly productive 3rd round pick nominated for the Bilitnikof Award unless something was wrong.

    Read the link below and focus on the 3rd paragraph and you may understand why. Shipley hurt his knee in September, 2011 and it’s still not responding. The Bengals have given up trying to rehab Shipley’s knee. Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) should be the watchword. However, there were 4 other teams that won more than 4 games last year, that placed a waiver claim on Shipley as well. And it is little risk for the Bucs because his rookie contract is still in effect and is approx. 400k/yr.

    So before we start cutting current Buc WRs, we need to see if he can get the ice pack off of his knee!


    Best receiving core in the league? You must be high.

  23. Eric Says:

    People are excited about this?

    Tomato can from Bengals?


  24. Jwayne Says:

    im wondering why we are worrying about the only postion on this team with solid depth! They need to focus a bit on filling some holes on the other side of the ball….maybe another (good) corner?!

  25. Bricen Says:

    They added Brandon McDonald, a former starter at CB. there isn’t much, if anything, available right now. Take what you can when it comes along…

  26. BucfaninMi Says:

    Weird signing, I like it. I think Dom should scour practice squads for some d-line help though.

  27. Big Marlon B Says:

    When I saw he was cut the other day, i thought he would make an interesting (albeit unlikely) addition to the team. I remember a lot of people on here including myself were high on him his draft year. He was arguably the 2nd best rookie receiver in 2010 behind Mike Williams. I know he got caught up in a numbers game in Cincy, and it was said that he lost a lot of his explosiveness and confidence in his route running, etc. Its tough to say who will get cut at this point, but if he can regain some of what he lost, he will make that decision even harder to make. He is taylor made to play slot receiver. I still think Benn and Parker have a lot of potential, and i love their aggressiveness and physicalty with the ball in their hands. I have a lot of respect for Stroughter but i just don’t know if he has shown enough to stick. Looking forward to seeing what Shipley can bring.

  28. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Benn the number 3? You don’t earn that spot from the tub. That is just dumb.

    Parker’s end of season and TU’s offseason should elevate them. The battle is between stroughter, Benn and Shipley.

    If Shipley’s healthy I take him over Benn and Stroughter all night long!

  29. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Benn just had the same injury and makes more $, he is a bigger risk and hasn’t proven to be as good of a NFL as Jordan had pre-injury.

    You guys just don’t want to face the obvious truth about Benn – another DomDom mistake.

  30. lurker Says:

    how many mistakes did your mom make, thomas? hopefully, just you!

  31. lurker Says:

    lol…sometimes i just amuse myself… 😉

  32. bucobruce Says:

    I love Jordan pirate shipley, I think by next year he will be our solid number 3 and one of the best number 3 options in the league.I have a feeling dom will sighn a pretty good d-lineman or two once cuts are made.Go Bucs woooooo!!!!

  33. Brain Says:

    Mike Dub

    byebye Preston Parker. Shipley (if healthy) is a huge upgrade and plays the exact same role.

  34. snook Says:

    Hooray! More Big 12 garbage.

  35. JonBuc Says:

    Dominik is to NFL GMs what TomTom Tue-Tue is to legal secretaries….looking more and more wobbly every day…

  36. BucfaninMi Says:

    He’s good at getting guys that have already been drafted!

  37. Eric Says:

    Pj Fleck is probably “excited”.

    Super duper honking excited.

  38. BamBamBuc Says:

    On the biggest bubble HAS to be Parker. Though he had good catches at key moments in losing efforts last year, he also fumbled 8 times (many on special teams). Although most were recovered by the Bucs, that’s something Schiano won’t allow. Then, this preseason, Parker starts off fumbling. Talk about Blount’s fumbles til you’re blue in the face, but let Parker’s go? I don’t think so, he’s on VERY thin ice at this point. Stroughter is only around because he’s shown some ability at punt returns. His kick returns aren’t special and Smith is better than Stroughter there. As a WR, Stroughter is similar to Parker, but can’t seem to stay healthy. I’d put Stroughter next on the bubble. That leaves the battle between Benn and Shipley for 4 and 5 WRs, but both probably make the roster unless Shipley is still hurt or Benn struggles to recover from his injury. Even then, I’d say Benn get’s put on IR or PUP rather than cut. There’s too much potential (more than Stroughter or Parker) to just cut him when there’s another non-roster option.

  39. Jwayne Says:


    I agree with there being a low quality for corners available in the market right now but Mcdonald? come on! if he makes the roster than that is scary at how terrible our depth is at corner. And yes Mcdonald was a former starter…But so was Jamarcus Russell…….i still hope there is some way possible that we can aquire Mike Jenkins…(healthy)!

  40. TheTaylorPrice Says:

    Shipley is a keeper… Shelby Shipley that is. His sister is fiiine. Jordan is a poor man’s Wes Welker, could be Freeman’s security blanket on 3rd downs. One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure

  41. Patrick Says:

    Shipley had a very good rookie season and just happened to be injured last year. Why all the hate for this signing?? I’m actually surprised the Bengals would cut him.

  42. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Shippley will be put on pup or ir for the start of the season, so he will not cost a roster spot right away. He is more of an investment to see if he’ll pan out.

    I have pretty much been saying what BamBam said about Parker…BUT I think if Parker doesn’t screw up again he’ll be safe.

    On the bubble are Stroughter, Gant, and Benn (slightly). I think it’s possible we keep 6 WRs this year.

  43. MTM Says:

    If Shipley is healthy this is great pick up. If he was healthy why did the Bengals release him. Dominick has a bad habit of picking of cast offs that don’t amount to anything but a wasted roster spot.