No Margin For Error With Underwood

August 27th, 2013

Yes, the Bucs will get down to the 75-man roster today, officially, and then whittle down to the final 53-man roster next week.

One would think wide receiver Tiquan Underwood is safe. A nagging injury to Chris Owusu and Kevin Ogletree having a bad case of the dropsies in games, has pretty much cemented for a job for Underwood with the Bucs this season.

Underwood isn’t taking a chance. The fact the Bucs cut him last year is still fresh in his memory. Thus, Thursday’s preseason finale against the Redskins is not a formality for Underwood.

“As a player, whenever you are playing in a game, No. 1, you try to get your job done,” Underwood said. “Just stay consistent. Thursday night’s game is no different than any other. Put your best foot forward and try not to make any mental errors. Win you one-on-one battles and go from there.”

This year, seemingly in an effort to upgrade the No. 3 wide receiver slot, the Bucs brought in competition, namely the aforementioned Ogletree, who joined Owusu. Underwood thought they helped improve his skillset.

“Competition is always good,” Underwood said. “It brings out the best in players. You just have to go out there and put out a good performance and let the decisions be made. Just go out there and play free.”

On face value, it could be tricky for Underwood against the Redskins, and not because of the future truck drivers of America he will be facing. Underwood is used to Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman throwing him passes, not backups like the hero of the Mike Glennon Mob, Mike Glennon, or Dan Orlovsky.

Underwood dismissed that notion.

“As a receiver it doesn’t matter who is throwing the ball,” Underwood said. “If the ball is in the air, make a play. Catch the ball. Doesn’t matter who is the quarterback, just go out there and play hard and play to the best of your ability.”

Showing his versatility, his ability to stay injury-free ,and his ability to catch when the lights are on, just may give Underwood an edge over Ogletree and Owusu, Joe believes.

But “The Turk,” who is looming, may have other ideas.

10 Responses to “No Margin For Error With Underwood”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    “Chris Owusu and Kevin Ogletree having a bad case of the dropsies in games,”
    …and VJax and Willams.

  2. buc4life24 Says:

    Underwood is safe in my eyes, especially being one of the more healthy ones. Probably our #4 reciever.

  3. Andrew 1 Says:

    looks like Ogletree has the slot all but locked up. will be interesting to see if he can continue to fend off the other WRs and keep his job as the season progresses. one things for sure, he needs to stop dropping passing.

    had high hopes for Owusu, but it doesn’t look like he is going to be much of a contributor at all this season. o well.

  4. RBellBuc Says:

    From what I’ve seen so far in preseason games is that WR David Douglass has been out-performing all three of those guys. Maybe Douglass is this years dark horse.

  5. Splengo Says:

    53 man roster this week – deadline is Saturday 6:00pm.

  6. Biff Barker Says:

    Chuckles and grins about Joe not letting the Glennon mob reference go.
    Mentioned this earlier, that its not really about the rookie, but more a testament to how much the fan base wants Freeman gone.

  7. Biff Barker Says:

    Maybe Douglas or Owusu can step it up. Ogletree and Tiquan are both less than impressive.
    Maybe Dom can upgrade with the cuts coming.

  8. Bobby Says:

    No, it’s more a testament of the stupidity of wanting to start a rookie in a year when you are pushing to make the playoffs. No one has seen Freeman play a complete game yet with the game planning and complete offense this year and yet they want a rookie who doesn’t even know the offense yet to start. Now THAT is really dumb.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    @Bobby…lots and lots of dummies around here. Lots.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    I called that Underwood would be the 3rd WR a month ago on JBF. The jury is still out if I’m right or wrong.