Louis Murphy Returns

October 17th, 2016


Eleven months after ACL surgery, Louis Murphy was back on the practice field this morning.

Under sunny skies at One Buc Palace, Murphy was running and cutting running through underwear football drills at One Buc Palace. During the 30-minute window open to media, Murphy was doing everything his teammates were doing.

Among those teammates was Donteea Dye, who was signed to the Bucs practice squad today. If you were stunned to see ol’ No. 17 in the photo above (and not in a CFL uniform), you can relax. He’s way down the depth chart right now.

Now off the physically unable to perform list, Murphy is not yet on the active roster. He’s got a 21-day practice window, per the Bucs, for the team to make a decision.

Joe’s so happy for Murphy.

Is Murphy an All Pro receiver? No, but he had great success with Dirk Koetter last year, one of his better seasons, until he was injured. With Vincent Jackson being a shell of his former self, the Bucs could sure use Murphy. And soon.

24 Responses to “Louis Murphy Returns”

  1. Mojiska Says:

    Will the bucs have to cut someone or was the dye move down to the practice squad planning for the Murphy activation?

  2. DB55 Says:

    So the headline here is, Donate Dye is back. Good!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    he had great success… Laughable…

    Joe raise your standards….

    defensive coordinators league wide will have sleepless night knowing a broken down has been that never was #5 or 6 receiver MIGHT make it to game day

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


  5. brandonbucsfan Says:

    Let’s face it. Bucs brass overestimated our wide receiver corps. starting in free agency, through the draft and the cutdown period. We have no one that can stretch the field. ME is an almost great receiver but is limited in routes. We have NO one THAT CAN SEPARATE on a true fly pattern. Hope we address it in the offseason or JW will continue to have very tight windows to throw to

  6. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Tmax strikes again

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    Louis Murphy will save the day.

  8. tmaxcon Says:


    look at the numbers. we have already lost trying to use below average players why keep losing with the same below average players with more injuries. you are better off at this point trying a young kid than going to a guy who has never done anything in the league and is getting older not to mention ZERO upside… it’s a waste of time. you already know he can’t help you and will mostly be hurt with in 8 or 9 qtrs at best. bring in a young guy maybe you get lucky and get the next udfa wr stud… it’s much better use of time than wasting it on someone who you already know you can lose with.

  9. tmaxcon Says:


    It’s more likely you become Hilary Clinton’s pool boy than Murphy help the bucs….

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    We can all stop looking for that game-breaker WR!

    In all seriousness though, I wish Murph the best. Maybe he CAN come in and contribute. It can’t be much worse than the depth we have now.

    I’ve been conflicted over which jersey to buy tmax for Christmas, a #93 McCoy or a #18 Murphy. Based on this thread, I have made my decision: A nice crisp #18 Louis Murphy jersey!!!

    …….you’re welcome!

  11. DB55 Says:

    Nah, you should def get him the #93, #18 is just an afterthought.

  12. Mojiska Says:

    @tmax- genuine question, are you a negative person in everything you do? I’m really not trying to be an arsevery, i would assume you use it as a defense mechanism to not be let down, as your hopes are never up. It’s really just a question, cause I am quite the opposite, as I am always optimistic about everything but I am let down quite often. I really am not trying to be a jerk, just wondering whether it’s a common thread in your daily life.

  13. Dave Says:

    Until they draft another wr getting Murphy back soon is great news. He’s productive and adds better depth.

  14. tmaxcon Says:


    I am not negative I am accurate… big difference. nothing negative about the truth and the truth is murhpy has never done anything in the league and never will. not a single defensive coordinator is going to loose sleep over a louis murphy sighting.

  15. BucFan20 Says:

    Sorry guys. The jersey you need to get him is #8. After all next year the #93 and #18 will still be available.

  16. tmaxcon Says:


    please explain when murphy has ever been productive in his career. please look up his career stats before making that statement. thanks

  17. tmaxcon Says:


    20 is right I want me a glennon jersey with Mr. Irrelevant on the back… lol

  18. Mojiska Says:

    Tmax- to say he never will do anything is an assumption, an opinion. Yes it is based on history, but the optimist in me says maybe this is the time he says healthy and is a contributor. His upside is 400-500 yards and a couple tds. Yes he may get hurt in 2 weeks or even on his first play back, but the future is unknown and I always hope things turn out well. I am disappointed a lot.

    I think people’s frustration is that you do tend to pawn off opinion as fact. But the last thing I want you to do is change, it makes me think of the other side of most things.

  19. Ed Says:

    Watching yesterday’s Panthers-Saints game was so different than watching my beloved Bucs. Year after year Sean Payton gets receivers for Brees that catch every ball and know how to get open.

    Brandon Cooks was flying by Panters secondary and this guy Fleener, their tight end made a phenomenal TD catch. Instead of paying big money to Jimmy Graham they bring in a guy who makes great plays.

    Even their second and third receivers, Snead and Thomas are superior to our receivers.

    At 1-5 sure looks like Panthers won’t be able to get back into race. If they go
    7-3 here out that’s only an 8-8 record.

    Doubtful 8-8 gets a playoff berth.

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    You get a #8 jersey that reads, “I heart (symbol) Glennon”!!!!!
    Perfect!!!! LOL I almost forgot about your love affair with Glennon! We haven’t had any stories recently!

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Props when props are earned.

    In some ways, tmax is right. Our players are not doing well.

    I just question all the reasons he says are the cause. For example, the WRs have not been doing too badly…when the QB is actually accurate. One thing our QB needs, aside from getting his head on straight, is better offensive line play.

  22. Brandon From Philly Says:

    I was at the Redskins game when Murphy got hurt. He is the quick WR we need right now. We have a slow team. Murphy is needed. I could careless for Dye though.

  23. "That guy" Says:

    Murphy got us a win in Pittsburgh during lovies 2-14 season. I will stand by Murphy just on that. When the play mattered he made it.

  24. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I like Murphy. He has the ability to get open in this league. He is no super star but much better option than the back half of most NFL WR rosters. Glad he is back. Hopefully he will be available this Sunday.