Looking At The Slot

April 24th, 2015
The Bucs would certainly be wise to upgrade the slot WR position next week from Robert Herron.

The Bucs would certainly be wise to upgrade the slot receiver position from Robert Herron.

The Bucs have one of the best, if not the best, one-two punches in the NFL at wide receiver in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. After that, the wide receiver group drops off the cliff when your No. 3 is Louis Murphy.

Yes, Murphy made the key play in half of the Bucs wins last year in Pittsburgh. Hard to think of another play he made. There is a reason the lowly Raiders and aching Giants let him walk.

Joe doesn’t doubt the Bucs would like to add another receiver, likely on the third day of the draft. And it seems Pat Yasinskas of ESPN also believes the Bucs could use a reliable third receiver.

Slot receiver. The Bucs want to give Winston every possible chance at success. They’re in good shape at most of the offensive skill positions. But they could use a slot receiver who can stretch the field and take some defensive attention away from Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. It also wouldn’t hurt if that slot receiver is also a return man.

Why is Joe pretty confident this will be addressed next week? Because the Bucs tried to address this last year by drafting speedy Robert Herron. Problem is, Herron has the hands of your run of the mill left guard. It doesn’t matter how quick your are if you cannot hang on to the ball. Herron, thus far, hasn’t shown he can.

Put a speedy guy (who can catch) with Evans and Jackson, and now you are cooking with gas.

34 Responses to “Looking At The Slot”

  1. louden Says:

    Slot/Potetial V-Jacks replacement (since Jackson carreer won´t go that much longer)
    it´s not just “slot” WR but a generall good WR.. Since any WR who is realy good, can line up outside or in the Slot..
    Jon Grudens “Antonio Bryant and Galloway can´t be on the field on the same time”-days are over!

  2. DallasBuc Says:

    Herron was yet another case of poor talent evaluation by incompetent Lovie Smith and his bobblehead lapdog GM. They even knew he had serious issues catching the football coming out of Nowhere Junior Community Technical College and they insisted it was a minor issue that could somehow be coached up. Low and behold comes the poor decision-making by forcing him into games where he would bat passes down as if footballs being thrown at him was a bad thing. Now cue the apologists saying that Lovie and lapdog know way more than I ever could about football but these bozos knowingly drafted a WR that can’t catch and forced him into football games where, guess what?, he dropped passes consistently.
    So yeah, draft a slot reciever, preferably one that has the talent to catch the football.

  3. Brar Says:

    If I worked for the Bucs I would constantly throw things at Herron just to watch him bobble them trying to catch it. Hey Herron lookout here comes a bagel, (boop, ping, splash) right into a punch bowl of orange juice. Haha, classic Herron.

    Hey Herrron here catch this, throws contract extension. Oh ah ohh all most, well that is ironic. Fumbled it right into the trash can. Maybe next time.

  4. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    The Bucs want to give “Winston”… bla bla bla… Come here everyday Joe… and I love being kept in touch with MY team… So in my book you are the bomb! But I still have to say that I can’t fueking wait till the draft is over, so all this debating between fans over which qb is best (which only time will tell) can finally die…

  5. Espo Says:

    I’m not suggesting we ignore receiver during the draft, but who’s to say he doesn’t improve? I hate to judge a player during his rookie year especially when he’s part of that mess last year.

  6. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    Must amend previous comment… More importantly I can’t wait till the draft is over because I want to see how MY team is gonna be more prepared to kick ass! GO BUCS!

  7. DallasBuc Says:

    NCFlorIdiot- who was talking about Winston or any other QB? I don’t even think a QB was mentioned in this article.
    QB is the most important position on the field and we have the opportunity to get a great one. It’s worthy of this nauseating level of debate and discussion.

  8. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    And I enjoyed Murphy last year, thought he brought some attitude and grit to our offense (one of the few bright spots)… I would not put him on the “reason why we suck” list…

  9. Bird Says:

    Agreed. A good slot receiver with healthy ASJ and the two freaks on the outside would help Jameis (likely pick) tremendously

  10. NCFlorIdiot Says:

    Yeah, DallasBuc, in the quote Winston’s name was there… off course… and it is nauseating… and I do agree that this is our window of opportunity to grab our qb, just sick of all of us proclaiming who the chosen one will be

  11. HotRod Says:

    DallasBuc, that is a little hard on the coaches. You get a chance to take a 4.35 receiver in the 6th round, you take the chance. If he turns into the next Hester, you look awesome. If he doesn’t, he joins the ranks of all the 6th and 7th rounders that didn’t make it in the NFL.

  12. DallasBuc Says:

    Hotrod- normally I would agree with that if Herron was one of 2-3 moves that didn’t work out but these bozos turned over 50% of the roster. Virtually none of their FAs were worth a crap and so far only one draft pick Evans looks like he’s worth a sht. The leadership has proven incompetent and I will hammer them for it until they can prove otherwise.

  13. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    not until POST Draft ! undrafted rookie signings……Herron is going to have to Step Up !
    OFFENSIVE LINE is top priority after the first pick

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’d like to see AP & Rainey in the backfield with Sims playing the slot. Everyone raves about how he has hands as good as any receiver so let’s get the best RB in the game and make Sims a receiver.

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Yep your right Robert Herron a 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185 is a project.-Like most 3rd day picks.

    • I know It probably won’t happen but….

    Dorial Green Beckham

    Would be a BEAST w/ VJAX & Evans

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Tyler Lockett wr/pr Kansas St. Take care of the return game once and for all Lovie.

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    • Vincent Jackson || Height: 6′ 5″ || Weight: 230 lbs
    • Mike Evans || Height: 6′ 5″ || Weight: 230 lbs
    • Dorial Green-Beckham || Height: 6′ 6″ || Weight: 225 lbs

    *How Match Up with That Bruh?

    Dorial Green Beckham Highlights || “Moss Reincarnated” ᴴᴰ || Mizzou

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *How Do U Match Up with That Bruh?

  19. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    LUVMYBUCS………would love to see them get beckham…he wont slip to 3rd round and DJ Humphries may be staring at them in round 2

  20. MayneOne Says:

    I feel like the smartest thing we can do to make Famous unstoppable is get Rashaad Greene and 4 O linemen.

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Dusthty Rhothdes

    I hear U brotha,

    I just hope that, we can find some way of pairing- DGB up with our current receiving core.#GoodLawd

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    • Vincent Jackson || Height: 6′ 5″ || Weight: 230 lbs
    • Mike Evans || Height: 6′ 5″ || Weight: 230 lbs
    • Dorial Green-Beckham || Height: 6′ 6″ || Weight: 225 lbs


    w/ Philip Rivers & a Running Back, that can get U at least 1200 yds


    Our offense could possibly put up 500 points

  23. Louis Friend Says:

    Rashad Greene, if he’s around, would be the perfect slot guy. Worth a 3rd or 4th if they can get him. Winston already knows him, and he’s got the hands and toughness a slot guy needs.

  24. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    if we can get a good player in the later rounds yes, slot is a need, but not more pressing than two starting Oline spots and a DE, and maybe a 3rd oline pick for depth.

  25. DrT Says:

    When scouting Herron didn’t the Bucs notice hisstone hands”?

  26. lowlife Says:

    Quite a few solid prototypical slot types in this draft. Agholor, Dorsett, Lockett, Crowder, Greene, Hardy, etc. Just grab one.
    Agholor and Dorsett will probably go too early (late first – early second). My personal favorite is Tyler Lockett. A guy who can play outside but will be special in the slot. Crowder wouldn’t be a bad later round choice.

  27. Pickgrin Says:

    1. Winston
    2. OL (best avail Tackle)
    3. OL (best avail Guard)
    3. pkg 4th, 5th and 7th round picks to move back into 3rd round and nab Rashad Greene. (or Tyler Lockett)
    6. BPA
    7. BPA

    Now THAT is a productive draft that addresses needs and nets 4 starters on offense and handles PR as well.

  28. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    luv my bucs, again i would love having phillip rivers here….take rivers their #1 pick and also throw in the current Chargers OT DJ Fluker and the chargers #2 pick….lets do that…we could get Beckham, another OL solidify the OL have the WRs a great QB and a legitimate contender

  29. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Dusthty Rhothde


  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    (WR) Dorial Green-Beckham’s
    Path to the NFL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgL3bMvAo5k

  31. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Pickgrin that would be my personal dream draft. Pretty much create the offensive core for the next decade betweeen the 2014-2015 drafts. Then next year we can address defense. Sign/ draft DE/FS/MLB. There should also be more options for O-line in FA next yearI’d think with this years weak class

  32. Yeah It's me! Says:

    Most pundits say that Tenn will have to give other picks besides #2 overall pick to get Rivers. There not saying that Tenn would get more than Rivers in that trade so i doubt the Bucs would either. Also the guy is 33 years old. He’s got maybe 2 to 3 great years left in the tank if he don’t get hurt. NO WAY is Rivers worth the first pick in the draft even if it was an even trade. Just because some of you don’t want neither QB doesn’t automatically make it worth trading the FIRST PICK 33 yr old QB. Its not like he would even be around long enough to win a SB in Tampa before he’s body starts failing him, which i guarante already started years ago. Its been 27 YEARS since we had the #1 pick. NO WAY we waste it on a 33 Yr Old QB.

  33. Yeah It's me! Says:

    If we were a top 8 QB away from a SB Win than MAYBE we would think about trading the FIRST PICK for a 33 Year Old QB. But we are not and will not.

  34. RCS Says:

    Super Mario from WVU solves your Slot (with the ability to move outside in some packages) and gives you a KR…