Licht: Speed Nice, Not Required

March 1st, 2017

Receivers talk.

Even today, when winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was holding his press conference at the NFL combine in unseasonably warm Indianapolis, he mentioned the Bucs need #WeaponsForWinston.

And if Koetter could get speedy weapons, something this team sorely lacks, he won’t walk around moping, that is for sure.

Later, when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht offered an on-the-record, sidebar session with local Tampa reporters, he noted he is not locked into obtaining a speedy receiver, for example.

In so many words, Licht said adding a talented receiver improves a team, speed or not.

“No, no, there are other ways we can get better [without a receiver who can stretch the field],” Licht said when Joe asked if he is locked in to one type of skill. “You can get better by not necessarily focusing on one attribute. There are other ways you can get faster on offense besides just by receivers.”

So for those Bucs fans who think if Licht strikes out on DeSean Jackson, then he may just throw in the towel on acquiring a receiver, well, think again.

35 Responses to “Licht: Speed Nice, Not Required”

  1. Joeypoppems Says:

    I mean, he is right that speed isn’t everything but having speed in this offense at WR would be nice.

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    That means we’re drafting John Ross. lol

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    “besides just by receivers”


  4. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    “There are other ways you can get faster on offense not just reciever” . I like that line. I imagine he had this 4.4 RB in the back of his head when he stated it.

  5. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    😀Same time 87..

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    NOS..yet Joe still thought he meant WR’s. lol

  7. DB55 Says:

    Licht saying we don’t need WR help, OL help, DL help, safety help. Looks like another off-season of value signings and udfa.

    Weapons for Winston? Pssft, more like Profits for the Glaziers.

  8. Louis Says:

    Never show your cards in a poker game before the final bet has been called. A great bluff can beat a straight …..

  9. Jason Says:

    I swear some people don’t even read these articles before typing out their complains and bullspit. *eyeroll*

  10. DB55 Says:

    I swear some people.

  11. Supersam Says:

    Hmm tightend?

  12. USFBUC Says:

    Yeah I read that as the same as 87 and NosBos. Sounds like he is talking about a RB. TE maybe but since he was talking getting faster I am going to go with RB

  13. DB55 Says:

    That nicca talking about Freddie Martino, foh with dat ish.

  14. tdtb2015 Says:

    @ Louis….Spot on.

    Licht is doing his poker face indeed. He is not going to surrender to D Jackson’s agent that easily.

    Good move by Licht.

  15. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    DB55….i have no clue how licht evaluates the shortcomings of the team, last year we needed edge rushers, OL, WR, Safety, CB, he grabs an undersized corner then a K, and a year later we still 100% need OL help and safeties and WR……have tons of faith in koetter but not the guy going to canada to find WRs that no one wants

  16. DB55 Says:


    Don’t even get me started on the cfl signings you might get me kicked out of here.

    The Glaziers best action is inaction.

  17. America's Commenter Says:

    That’s exactly why the Bucs haven’t had many long touchdown runs after the catch by receivers. It’s a huge hole in the offense’s capabilities and defenses know it.

  18. webster Says:

    Sounds like oj howard is definitely in play

  19. SOEbuc Says:


    Agreed. It’s fun for everyone to try to guess who we’re going to get in the offseason and draft, but these guys are professional liars (and they’re good at it) and no one will ever know who or what type of player(s) they’re interested in.

  20. Mojiska Says:

    Smoke screen season. Believe nothing said by anyone.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “So for those Bucs fans who think if Licht strikes out on DeSean Jackson, then he may just throw in the towel on acquiring a receiver, well, think again.”

    To me, that statement seems a complete opposite of what Licht said. If anything, Licht put less importance on the WR position.

    Not that I believe him for a second. This is the most deceptive time of the year after all.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    He could have meant TE also. 😉

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They say in mysteries that whatever is the least likely theory is probably the real truth.

    I say this about the NFL during this time of year…whatever a coach or GM claims they have the least interest in is probably what they really have the most interest in.

    That’s why I believe…WR in round 1.

    I do not agree with such a move. I think we should go RT and DE in 1 & 2, but hey…I’m not making the decisions.

  24. rrsrq Says:

    Translation, if O. J> Howard is on the board, HE WILL BE A BUC

  25. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    He may have been refering to the positional speed added by a tight end, like O.J. Howard or David Njoku.

    Obviously I prefer O.J. but I gotta admit, I’e been watching more stuff on Njoku, and that kid could be the next Vernon Davis.

  26. webster Says:

    He also could mean my wr does not need to have desean jackson type of speed as long as he is a productive weapon. There is nothing wrong with adding a vjax clone. Remember he led the league in yards per catch for a few seasons. Speed does not always equate to being a productive football player. Licht is looking for football players first. The production will take care of itself after that.

  27. USFBUC Says:

    @blake but can he block? I’m tired of these “role” players. I want an every down TE and some every down DEs too.

  28. Kevin Says:


  29. bucs_365 Says:

    ^^ TURN THE VOLUME DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    @UsfBuc yeah he’s definitely not the elite blocker that O.J. is, just doesnt show the same kind of power or pop in the running game. But he’s not garbage either.

    A lot will have to do with the 40 time for him tho. And he most likely would be used as a “move” tight end split out wide. If he runs a 4.48 or better he might be worth a 1st rounder if we trade back a few spots.

  31. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    I’m willing to bet Josh Gordon still better than every free agent WR and every WR about to enter this year’s draft.

  32. Trubucfan22 Says:

    DB55, i can understand aome ill will towards thw Glazer boys. But over the last few year they have put their money on the line for this team. So that criticism is pretty ignorant. Grimes, Ayers, sweezy, and Daryl Smith didnt come cheap last season. Leta not forget they pulled the trigger to acquire Darrel Revis and were willing to pay him 15 mil a year (until Lovie spoiled that for us) if this were 7 years ago, you could have a legitimate gripe. But the last 3 years or so the wallet has been wide open.

  33. delson Says:

    @blake Jordan Leggett from Clemson is the same type of te as oj howard. Used like howard too but he was more involved in the passing game. Not sure if he has the same top speed as howard but he looks fast. Good hands. Only knock on him is that he doesn’t finish or maintain his blocks. That’s a coach able habit tho would be good pickup in the 2nd. Another guy who caught my eye was bucky hodges. Played outside most of the time but he’s fast 6’7 great release from the LOS and he goes Calvin Johnson jr on the dbs.

  34. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Oh come on’s all the oldest trick of the book..fool them all..Jason is probably reading all these comments and laughing at us..

    He’s not going to hint at all what he’s doing..geesh, we all know that!

  35. GETACLUE Says:

    I’d rather sign Jared Cook and save the draft pick spent on OJ howard if you really want another skill set outside of Brate