Stunning Inexperience At Receiver

September 7th, 2014
Chris Owusu's 14 career catches rank second among current Bucs receivers

Chris Owusu’s 14 career catches rank second among current Bucs receivers

Chris Owusu’s 14 career catches rank him second among Buccaneers receivers.


That pretty much stamps the Bucs as the least experienced receiving corps the NFL.

Here are your Buccaneers receivers, after yesterday’s roster shakeup that included booting of Louis Murphy.

Vincent Jackson
Mike Evans (rookie)
Chris Owusu
Robert Herron (rookie)
Solomon Patton (rookie)
Russell Shepard (zero career catches)

Man, the Bucs are banking on a lot of young guys. Throw rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the mix, and Josh McCown might see quite a few deer-in-the-headlights looks this afternoon against Carolina.

Joe has to imagine Ron Rivera will want someone other than Vincent Jackson to beat him today.

The whole situation at receiver really has Joe believing Jeff Tedford’s offense is committed to using lots of two tight end sets, his passion for years.

24 Responses to “Stunning Inexperience At Receiver”

  1. RichBucsfan Says:

    I guess you’re saying because they are young they’re no good. Interesting theory.

    You might want to work on your reading comprehension. –Joe

  2. Espo Says:

    Wait til Herron learns to catch. Right now he’s just another Jacquez Green.

  3. RastaMon Says:

    Not to worry the OL @ QB will make up for it……

  4. Incognito Says:

    Wow the line shifted 7 points to TB -3 maybe scams isn’t starting.

  5. NewTampaChris Says:

    Inexperience at WR, maybe no OC, questionable OL, and lack of overall depth. Things will really need to break right for the Bucs to have a strong season.

  6. P'cola Buc Says:

    Our weapons through the air might be the most inexperienced, but may prove to be the most talented we have had in years.

  7. Incognito Says:

    If only we kept “house party”

  8. Tom Says:

    We have the element of surprise!

  9. JW Says:

    I strongly support the same optimistic view taken by P’cola Buc… We should support this team as genuine fans and cease with the negative speculations until the season stats give foundation for knowing this team’s future direction. I prefer faith in this coaching staff and roster of athletes any day, over outright pessimism. Just saying!

  10. Hawk Says:

    Preseason was a opportunity to impress the coaches. Regular season is an opportunity to impress opponents.

  11. Patrick in VA Says:

    At least the deer in the headlights looks won’t be coming from our QB anymore

  12. billy buckaroo Says:

    Preseason also a spot for coaches to pick their players
    Regular season is where you find out if the coaches can match the play calling to the talent level they have as the excellent coaches seem to accomplish.

  13. The Ether Says:

    Thats a little concerning, but from all of your training camp notes, I have a gut feeling that ASJ will be the suprise/standout receiver today…

    But that O all starts with Down-Low… Hope the line gives him some lanes, cause everytime that dude gets going, the rest of the offense follows.

    So PUMPED!!! Time to DEFEND THE BAY!!!!!

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I agree with JW and PBuc. We can spend the remaining few hours of our speculation pointing out all the talent this team has or dwell on the OC and inexperience. Both views are valid. But views are meaningless at this point other than some enjoyable conversation.

    Again the Bucs sucked because the Glazers made a brilliant financial move to score ManU. They leveraged the Bucs BIGTIME to pull off that over leveraged deal. But Malcolm can laugh from the after life because from a personal family financial perspective Malcolm’s move was genius and it’s finally paid off.

    I do not judge the sons…YET. The ManU purchase severely handicapped them. Now they’re making money from that and can even use some ManU profit to restock the Bucs. And that’s what it looks like what is happening.

    And so I say…GO BUCS!


    HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Buccfan37 Says:

    The likely pressure the Bucs QB will be facing indicates dink and dunk on most passes, the exact same criticism thrown at MG8. The stinking panthers are going to try and win this game like the Bucs plan on winning it, with defense.

  16. Bill Says:

    It makes one wonder if Tim Wright/Richie Incognito was a better combo than Mankins for slot purposes. If Herron doesn’t work out, they are in trouble at no. 3 wr.

  17. Macabee Says:

    Murphy is hurt and wasn’t going to contribute today anyway. Owusu is in the spotlight. He has to have a good day or he will be cut and Murphy brought back when healthy with no guaranteed salary. Memo to Buc players, don’t get hurt. New team trying to find players with game faces. Roster is still very fluid. So far as I can remember, Owusu hasn’t shown up under the lights. Today, we’ll see!

  18. OB Says:


    What matters is that they get open, catch the ball and run with it without fumbling it. Seems like we had a herd of veterans in the past that could not do that.

    Oh they also played against our defense all preseason, I expect a rocky start because it is the Bucs but they will settle down and wow us. It doesn’t matter who is calling the plays as long as they are sensible, it is the execution that matters.

    This team will do a lot of executing this year.

  19. mpmalloy Says:

    I like to joke around and bust balls as much as the next commenter,
    but Joe does take a lot of unwarranted criticism.
    He keeps a steady stream of Bucs data and opinion flowing
    yet gets hit with comments like “so u think young guys are
    terrible football players, huh?”
    I imagine that Joe will console himself in having a great webpage,
    beer and full size Rachel Watson cardboard cut-outs.
    Go Bucs!
    “Cam Newton! All you’ve heard all week is Cam Newton!
    NOT A WORD WAS SAID about how someone will stop this DEFENSE!

  20. Espo Says:


    I’m no expert but I’m going to say Wright/Incognito is a terrible slot idea.

  21. Hawk Says:

    @ mpmalloy

    And for the entire week before the Buccaneer/Raider Super Bowl, all you heard was, “How can anyone stop this Raider offense?”.
    We all know how that was answered.

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe, question. Do you know if your ads are designed to slow the downward scrolling of a mouse wheel? Every time I try to scroll down, my wheel moves at a crawl, no matter the settings, and only on this site.

    Scrolling up is regular speed.

    I’m not complaining, just wondering because I didn’t think it was possible. It’s something new if that is the case…and really, if ad providers have the ability now, it will be abused at some point.

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Chris Owusu & Robert Herron are going to be useless. Patton is for kick returns. Really, its a good thing we have TEs and RBs to catch the ball as well. Because we still don’t have a true #3.

  24. alanbucs Says:

    We haven’t even played the game yet and people already know whats going to happen? We could be pleasantly surprised with the offense today. That’s why they play the game!