Chris Owusu’s Stock Drops

August 8th, 2013

Asked this week on WDAE-AM 620 to name a guy shining in training camp, Greg Schiano named wide receiver Chris Owusu.

Owusu, who rarely played last season, had been a clear standout to all who watched practice, including Joe.

But things change fast in the NFL.

Tonight against the Ravens, Owusu fumbled a punt deep in Bucs territory. The Ravens recovered. Greg Schiano gave Owusu a pep talk and then later Owusu lined up as a kick returner. He proceeded to juggle that kickoff.

Later, Owusu dropped an easy first-down pass from Mike Glennon. There was no defender in the mix.

Ask Schiano what his No. 1 priority is, and the head coach will say “ball security.”

Owusu has now thrown a whole lot of doubt into the organization’s decision-makers. It’s not like he’s got a big resume to fall back on. He’s got one career catch.

Owusu also failed to catch a ball that hit him in the chest, though pass interference was called on the play. And he later couldn’t shake coverage from Ravens third-string cornerback Asa Jackson. Owusu finished the night with two catches for 48 yards, including a 41-yard bomb from Glennon at the final whistle of the first half.

And if things weren’t bad enough for Owusu, he left the game with an ankle injury.

8 Responses to “Chris Owusu’s Stock Drops”

  1. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I think both of the passes in the last paragraph were pretty terrible throws. The one to Jackson pegged him in the numbers.

  2. Tuggz Says:

    I agree. That pass to Jackson was gift wrapped. You blame Owusu for that?

  3. FR Says:

    He has the Butterfly’s that’s all.

  4. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I remember now that pass interference was called (at least) twice against the Ravens. I am thinking of the deep pass but Joe is probably referring to the sideline one.

    That one to Jackson though was not really Owusu’s fault. He made a pretty clean cut back and was actually open, it just sailed right into the defender’s arms.

  5. 76buc76 Says:

    He’ll get more chances. Preseason is a joke remember last year. When we kicked the snot out of the Pat’s.haha

  6. ryan Says:

    last year Underwood, this year this guy.

    if this guy is playing a meaningful role this year then that is bad news.

  7. Buc'n Junkie Says:

    ^^^good grief, one preseason game and you’re ready to lynch him already.

  8. Macabee Says:

    Go back to TC and look at the passes Owusu was catching and what QB was throwing them. QBs and WRs develop a chemistry and timing that is unique to them. He will be just fine when he able to do that in a game.

    Example: Notice how well Brady and Welker will get along without each other at first. Might take a while to get that vibe going with another player.