Plant Page On The Roster

August 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.”

16 Responses to “Plant Page On The Roster”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We will carry enough recievers that Ogletree will probaly survive. The only wildcard would be a player aquired off waivers or Jordan Norwood making the team.

  2. Jfgobucs Says:

    Plant-Page….Good stuff Joe…

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think Joe will be surprised and dismayed when Owusu is cut. Fear not though. He was a gametime decision last night and I believe it was less about injury and more about wanting him to clear waivers to be placed on the practice squad.

    I think injuries will result in Ogletree having up to a week on the roster. We may see some players put on pup or ir.

    Nicks is the big question mark. Is he nearly ready to return? If not he may be placed on some sort of medical reserve to open another spot. If this doesn’t happen then we know he is returniing sooner rather than later.

    So proud of Page. I called it before preseason. I think Michael Smith nearly gave him a run for his money, but injury crept in. I would have been happy with either but my instincts said Page would be the best. Glad I was right.

  4. Tomcin Says:

    Nobody talks about Douglas but I think he should make the team. All he does is find ways to get open.

  5. Couch Fan Says:

    I agree. As far as receivers go Douglass seemed to make the most out of his oppertunities. None of the others did very much of anything. Even the starters

  6. Couch Fan Says:

    Page seems to be the only player on the roster getting better each week. Lol

  7. Pewter Bullion Says:

    Page… Sign him!

  8. Chris Says:

    I’m starting to get off the whole it’s all on free. I look at this team as a whole and our depth just is terrible outside of running back. Yeah it’s preseason but you find a lot about the depth f a team. There isn’t any.

  9. pick6 Says:

    if he’s the most explosive guy we can find for returns we shouldn’t expect too much, especially early in the year. page looks like he is still on his way back from the major injury he had last season. you could sort of tell by the time he crossed midfield somebody was going to catch up to him before he could cross the goal line, a la vincent jackson last year

  10. johnpauljones Says:

    Plant Page on the roster? What about Jones and Bonham?

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Possible Depth Chart at Wideout:

    83 Vincent Jackson
    WR 30 6-5 230 9 Northern Colorado

    19 Mike Williams
    WR 26 6-2 212 4 Syracuse

    89 David Douglas
    WR 24 6-1 205 2 Arizona

    17 Eric Page
    WR 21 5-10 180 1 Toledo

    87 Jordan Norwood
    WR 26 5-11 180 3 Penn State

    80 Chris Owusu WR 23 6-2 200 2 Stanford

    11 Tiquan Underwood WR 26 6-1 183 5 Rutgers
    85 Kevin Ogletree WR 26 6-1 198 5 Virginia

    Check Waiver wire for sound Veteran
    (Santana Moss ????)

    Possible resign-Derek Hagan


    Impressive UDFA or Practice Squad Signee

    (who knows just my thoughts-We know the don’t mean sh#$%)

  12. Couch Fan Says:

    I could live with that Luv. there was nothing very impressive about either of the 2 cut or Owusu. But, sadly I think Douglas wont make it.. Most likely Ogletree stays.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Couch Fan

    Yeeeeeeah-I hear you.

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    We’ve had some good history with Arizona state schools though (Teo Bell,Morris Owens, Bruce Hill and Larry Mucker)

    IMO -David Douglas is solid

  15. Kevin Says:

    MAN!!!!!!!!!!! If page didn’t look so damn good at the return game….I’d GLUE him down at our no. 3 receiver. I still like Ogletree better than underwood but I REALLLLLLLLLLY hope the bucs are smart enough to bring page in on passing downs because all I see is a tough Danny Amendola clone out there. Hopefully without the injury problems.

  16. 76buc76 Says:

    Way more likely to sneek Douglas thru waiver’s. Then the practice squad. Underwood,Ogletree and Owusu would get claimed. Might be bettter off claiming somebody else’s bubble WR. Just keep Page and one of the 3 above. We know what we got with these guy’s (borderline NFL backup’s) might as well switch it up and hope for a diamond in the rough. We can’t have any WR’s with questionable hand’s. I don’t care if he run’s a 5.0. With Freeman as QB every 3rd pass will be on the money. So you better catch it.