Josh Huff The Key?

December 11th, 2016
National publication high on Josh Huff. (Photo courtesy of

National publication high on Josh Huff. (Photo courtesy of

A lot of Bucs fans seem excited about wide receiver Josh Huff for reasons Joe isn’t sure of.

Remember: Huff was pretty much a non-factor with the Eagles. However, on special teams, Huff is dangerous.

Chris Burke of believes Huff is such a weapon as a kick returner, he believes Huff is one of four key players to watch Sunday in the NFL.

2. Josh Huff, WR, Buccaneers: … Enter Huff, formerly of the Eagles and just recently promoted from the practice squad. He didn’t produce much in the passing game while with Philadelphia, before he was cut because of an arrest on gun and drug charges. He is, however, dangerous in the open field—he has averaged 27.7 yards per kick return in his career, including a 98-yard TD this season.

Well, the Bucs sure could use a shot in the arm when it comes to the return game. Ryan Smith as a kick returner has been invisible and Rudy Humphries as a punt returner has been a whole lot of blech. When the best thing you can say about your punt returner is that he doesn’t fumble, what’s the point? Why even have one? Just use an extra man as a punt-blocking specialist and overload the offensive line.

(For the record, Huff has zero career NFL punt returns and just one during four years at the University of Oregon.)

Joe suspects points, more so today than in most games, will be at a premium. So scoring off a punt or getting good field position from a punt return will be critical.

32 Responses to “Josh Huff The Key?”

  1. BennyBucs Says:


  2. Guzzie Says:

    who is our punt returner??

  3. Lunchbox Says:

    Remember the days when Karl Williams had the punt return duties locked down for 3-4 years? Good times. I’d like to see Huff redeem himself here with our Bucs, instead of all the stories of players leaving the Bucs and going on to bigger, better things. Let this be one time where the Eagles wishes they would’ve held on to him. It’d be a nice change.

  4. Ramon Sanchez Says:

    does anyone know if Doug Martin is hurt and not going to play

  5. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    But Joe, who was throwing to Huff with the Eagles? I am not saying he is going to be a superstar, but if the Saints double Evans, and surely they will, Huff could… go… all… the…way!!!

  6. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    What Lunchbox said 🏈

  7. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I think his speed, something the bucs lack, is what makes bucs fans anxious to see him. I haven’t seen any of game film, but it sounds like he can be a contributor, especially with how banged up our WR group is. Having a speedy deep threat is something this offense could use.

  8. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    JOE! I know you didn’t just refer to Adam Humphries work at punt returner as Blech. Hump has averaged 10 yards per return, which is the 10th best average in the League, which is damn good for an undrafted 5’10” whitey.


  9. Cobraboy Says:

    Huff has 4.45 speed, and has to be respected deep. This is a positive for opening up the third level of the D.

    A lack of a deep threat allows Evans to get double & triple coverage in the deep 1/3 of the field.

  10. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    ALSO! only 8 teams have more yards returned on punts than Adam.


    p.s. love you Joe

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    We can’t talk about kick returns without mentioning Michael Spurlock.
    Run Michael Run !!!

  12. ItsDookie87 Says:

    Jameis has worked with the little sisters of the poor outside of Evans and made them seem like capable WRs so here comes a guy with skills that can stretch the field if given the chance. I think we’re all excited to see what Jameis can do with his skill set not to mention his return abilities. Jameis needs playmakers outside of Evans and this guy could be that first step. He may do nothing today but it damn sure would be exciting if he and Jameis click on the field.

  13. Zwak Says:

    We need him at WR, Jamis needs more targets. Hope this kid has a HUGE day!

  14. RustyRhino Says:

    Thanks Joe!

  15. Ray Rice Says:

    Bubble screens

  16. RustyRhino Says:

    Well said,
    “Having a speedy deep threat is something this offense could use.”

    Being a “speedy deep threat” means that to be a threat, you have to hit that threat at least a few times in a game to make them become a threat. I am very excited to see this happen this game. Double Mr. Evans, hit Mr. Huff deep, or another of our WR’s who is open. I hope it is as simple as that..
    Go! Bucs!

  17. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    I hope he works out
    Imagine this offseason, we can grab Alshon Jeffries
    #3 would have a hell of a stable of studs to ball with.

  18. NJBucsFan Says:

    Shorts most likely will never play again

  19. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Yea forgot about that, damn
    But still
    I TRULY believe that the message will be the same for most fans
    Keep building the D through the draft… Outside of left tackle

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    I always hate when the media refers to cannabis as “drugs” or worse – “narcotics”. Its exactly that type of ongoing negative propaganda that has successfully brainwashed so many in this country against the world’s most useful plant.

    Also – how is it that Huff who runs a 4.45 – 40 is a “speedster”, yet Mike Evans who runs a 4.53 is not considered fast??? That’s a difference of .08 seconds – the blink of an eye.

  21. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Love your post Pick..

  22. SB with Jameis Says:

    I second Nos’ comment Pick.

  23. Harry in Costa Rica Says:


    I think fans have an impression of ME as being similar to VJ. I seem to recall ME recently catching a deep pass, wide open, only to be caught easily from behind, lol.

  24. tmaxcon Says:

    Good points Pickgrin

  25. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Harry, it makes a difference if a defender is running wide open to catch up and the receiver has to slow down to catch an under thrown ball. That’s an easy catch from behind.

  26. Willy D Buc Says:

    Well put, Pickgrin!!

  27. OFF AND NOW ON FAN Says:

    Josh Huff should be able to rifle down the field after he’s read the bullet points, grab some grass and get high in the air and be the deal maker of the day in our win over the Sinners at RJS.

  28. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol at the comment about pot being “the worlds most useful plan!” I would say wheat is a bit more important.

  29. Kevin Says:

    I predict if he takes all returns today he will take one back for a td vs the saints….GO BUCS!!!!!

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    TDTB – Wheat might provide our “daily bread” but that is only 1 use for that plant. Cannabis/hemp is also food. – “Hemp seed is one of the easiest to produce and nutritious food crops on earth. For many centuries it was the staple food crop for most of the world. The oils produced from the seed contains the highest amount of essential fatty acids in the plant world.”

    As to the question of “usefulness” – Can wheat be made into Clothes? Paper? Rope? Plastic? Fuel? Medicine? Does it fight Cancer? Does it stop seizures? Does it provide pain relief? Is it a weed that can grow anywhere in the world?

  31. BringBucsBack Says:

    Like I said yesterday, if Huff makes an impact today, it will be on special teams.

    “A weed is a plant whos virtues have not yet been discovered.” -(I forget)

    Sadly, the cannabis users I know suffer from arrested development, as a consequence. Many more entirely beneficial uses, as Pickgrin stated above.


  32. grafikdetail Says:

    guess joe doesn’t remember huff running wild after a slant pass on the bucs last year LOL