Fascinating WR Battle

August 10th, 2018

Makes case to stay.

Joe hates to be repetitive but it is so mind-blowing given the Bucs’ history, both recent and distant, it bears typing again.

Joe just cannot believe how deep the Bucs are at wide receiver. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter recently boasted that he had four starting receivers (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries).

The Bucs receivers are so deep that Joe would not be surprised at all if there was a trade between now and when the 53-man rosters must be set.

Last night none of the aforementioned receivers led the Bucs in receptions. Instead, it was Bobo Wilson with six. The Bucs appear to like rookie Justin Watson, and the organization also seems to have a thing for the pride of the Vero Beach Ramada Inn velvet-lined lounge, Freddie Martino. And then there is Bernard Reedy who might be kept more for his return skills than his receiving.

It is difficult to believe the Bucs will keep eight receivers.

What Joe is going to be looking out for is if a top-shelf receiver happens to get injured this month. Would said team wait to pick up the leftovers when teams shave their rosters or call Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to swing a deal?

45 Responses to “Fascinating WR Battle”

  1. AmericasEnabler Says:

    trade between now and when the 53-man rosters must be set.

    ^^^Please trade DJAX. After I saw that 20 yard out I threw up in my mouth. I was hoping Moooooookin would do better but a las he won’t open it up.

    He driving a porche in the slow lane going 40. Save DJAX career and get him to a team that knows how to coach a player of his type.

  2. al121976 Says:

    hey man, (americasdisabler), it was a pre season game.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Perhaps we can teach a couple of them to defend passes…..we are about 10 deep…..how would you like to be one of the other trying to make the 53?

    Joe jokes about Martino but he seems to not only be open but make catches….and Bobo is the real deal…..

    Something tells me one of these guys will have a minor injury and will be put on IR….saving them for next year…

    I would like to see us trade Djax because we can get something for him and his salary would help with some of our upcoming cap needs….He is definitely a luxury right now.

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    Watson and Sergio Bailey impressed for down-roster players.

  5. Buchead5588 Says:

    Bono makes team Watson goes to IR An martino might morning ale it as well if we keep 6 but I think bobo is the 5th as of now looked real solid out there’s an had a nice end around I like bobo esp next year when we lose Jax an maybe hump still look good with Evans Godwin bobo Watson an martino I think lampmen will make PS also Philips An bailey all make our Ps

  6. BucTrooper Says:

    Run 4 wide, 1 RB…. spread the defense out. Get people away from the line and let RoJo plow people over like he’s trying to get to an LCD TV on Black Friday.

  7. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Watson fumbling the ball certainly didnt help. I think Bobo makes the 5th spot. If Bucs keep a 6th its going to be a hard fought battle between Watson, Reedy, Martino and Bailey.

    The best our return game has been is with Reedy, so I would like to see us “redshirt/IR” Watson and keep Reedy on the team for returns

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    BOBO stepped up big time!!!!


  9. AlabamaBucFan Says:

    Of all the receivers, minus the top 4, Watson has the best measureables, therefore if show he can catch the ball well and run a decent route, he’ll be the 5th receiver.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    We keep 6 receivers to start the season:

    Evans, DJax, Godwin, Humphries, Bobo Wilson and Justin Watson

    Martino and Reedy are the odd men out. Bailey to the Practice Squad.

    That’s if all stay healthy leading up to final cuts…

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I like our group of targets. I don’t see any trades on the horizon though.

    Certainly if a team loses a valuable receiver and has a surfeit of OL talent we might be able to deal DJAX. Not sure that combo will present itself though and so DJAX can still contribute as a Buc.

  12. Wausa Says:

    I think the Bucs are going to keep 6(Bobo will be #5 and Watson #6)

  13. tnew Says:

    +1 pick

  14. Bird Says:


    They keep bobo and Watson. Both play special teams

    Make bobo the return guy

  15. johnnybuc Says:

    who on the bucs roster would anyone want to trade for other than our top 4 guys who aren’t going anywhere? (hump maybe slightly less so but would be unwise to deal him imo) no one is going to trade for an unproven watson or bobo/ martino if they like any of those guys they’ll just pick them up when cuts go down… i mean really what do you think a watson or bobo wilson would even generate in return if a trade were to happen?

  16. johnnybuc Says:

    american idk WTH u talking about that play to d jac on the first drive was perfect you think every route he gonna run is gonna be a go or slant ? smh y’all really don’t know football at all.

  17. Brad Says:

    If they like Watson and Bobo, Humphries has to be the one to get traded. They’re not trading D-Jax.
    If they play 2 TE and a RB then only 2 WR can play.
    I would love Humphries even if D-Jax is gone after this year.

  18. D-Rome Says:

    If you were the GM would you trade D-Jax for a 3rd rounder next year?

  19. jjbucfan Says:

    How many TEs do we keep? Brate, OJ, Auclair and you have to keep Cross. All that guy does is make plays. We have Austin Johnson, the kid from Missouri and Hudson. We are freaking loaded at TE and WR. I think Sims got himself cut yesterday. Hi dancing is atrocious and Ogunbawale showed a lot of toughness. Wilson didn’t even play yet. JMO but I have seen enough of CS34

  20. Paul Says:

    They’ll probably keep 6. With the emergence of Godwin, they’ll have to think that Jackson (high cap value) and Humphries (UFA) could be elsewhere next year. They’ll want the young, talented, cheap WRs to fill in behind Evans and Godwin next year.

  21. DB55 Says:

    Like I keep saying, sloooooooow!

    Bobo> Hump – hands down, Hump can’t make that cut on kickoff return. Bobo is a playmaker simple as that. Martino is also a better deep threat than Hump.

    Trade Hump to NE
    Put Watson and Bailey on practice squad
    Cut Reedy

    Please stop with the love affair over Hump. He stepped in when we had zero depth at wr but now there’s nothing he does that bobo or Martino can’t do better.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Seven WRs vying for two spots…and 4 of them actually have a chance. Going to be interesting.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    D-Rome. in a heartbeat.

    It would remove his cap money this year. And we have the talent to replace him.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    jjbucfan, normally 4.

    Cameron Brate
    O.J. Howard

    Antony Auclair or Austin Johnson or Alan Cross

    One might be snuck onto the team as a fullback.

  25. Martinii Says:

    I don’t recall seeing OJ Howard last night. Brate and cross played but OJ wis MIA.

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bird Says:
    “Agree. They keep bobo and Watson. Both play special teams. Make bobo the return guy”

    Reedy is just as good, if not better. And Martino is one of Winston’s favorite targets.

    Two spots, so many options.

    Even Sergio Bailey looked great last night.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Bobo should be the 6th WR, and I think they keep 6. Keep in mind next year Hump and D-Jax are gone, so you got 2 spots opening up, and the more I see of Bobo the more I like him.

    Or he could be out of the league in a few weeks and we never hear from him again. However that is unlikely, at worse I think he’s on the practice squad and I think he should make the regular season roster as he can return the ball, and I think he can step into that Hump role and do a very good job next season.

    We shall see. In either case I don’t think he’s going to be a big deal, but he certainly looks like a quality deep depth guy.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai – Reedy and Martino have had their chances, they can’t be hidden on the practice squad and I just don’t see them being in the teams future. I like Reedy, his story is great, but I don’t think he’s a better prospect than Bobo at this point since we know who Reedy is and there isn’t really any upside. Bobo has a chance to still become something, and he looks like he should be an NFL WR, meaning watching him run around on the field, he physically looks like an NFL player and the way he runs routes, catches the ball, etc.

    Shockingly both Bobo and Reedy are 5′ 9″, I had no idea Bobo was only 5′ 9″, he looks and plays bigger than his size, so that is really the only thing that would give me a bit of pause on Bobo.

  29. Martinii Says:

    Guice out for season, ACL.

  30. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Americas Enabler- Stick with sarcastic user names and stay away from the intelligent football conversation.
    I’ll help you, a deep out is a great route for djax.
    Why? I knew you’d ask.
    Because they respect his deep play ability, so when he sprints upfield they (CB) are trying to stay in front. When he hits the brakes and cuts out, therr is no way a corner is going to be able to stay with him. If the blocking is good and timing of the pass is there, it is nearly indefensible.
    Go BUCS!!!!

  31. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Joe you left out Sergio Bailey who I thought played well and stuck out at the end.

  32. orlbucfan Says:

    No way will Hump be traded. DJax will be gone before him. Yeow, like when have the Bucs (of all teams) had THIS much talent at wideout and tight end??? Historic. Go Bucs!! 🙂

  33. AmericasEnabler Says:

    D-Rome Says:
    August 10th, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    If you were the GM would you trade D-Jax for a 3rd rounder next year?

    ^^^Hell yes! 🙂

  34. AmericasEnabler Says:

    johnnybuc Says:
    August 10th, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    american idk WTH u talking about that play to d jac on the first drive was perfect you think every route he gonna run is gonna be a go or slant ? smh y’all really don’t know football at all.

    ^^^Uh… yeah. Look at how the Eagles used DJax. You can’t tell him the Bucs use him the same way. Watch YouTube and learn. Tell me how many drags routes you see?

  35. AmericasEnabler Says:

    Alaskan Abdominal Snowman listen dummy… the bucs have one of the most explosive players in the league and they are sending him on drag routes. Bucs were almost dead last in explosive plays. You’re ok with this retard?

    I’ve played lots of football and know a sheeet ton more football than you. You can learn from me and not be so dumb sounding… try that.

  36. adam from ny Says:

    its weird…martino is sort of a winston favorite…

    bobo as well…

    watson has upside…

    reedy is versatile…

    your really want to keep 8…

    try to keep 7, including one as return man, and hide one…

    everyone else is straight toast – camp meat…

    so you have the top 4 plus these 4…

    and after this year, this group of 8 will be down to 6, with djax and hump both gone…

    so you really wanna try to keep these 8 – as next season it will be 6

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    Sergio Bailey was looking sharp that winning drive. Pisses me off we have so many good WRs. We had a great, overloaded WR corp last year and they still went and got Justin Watson in the 5th. Should’ve got an OT.

  38. SOEbuc Says:


    “Guice out for season, ACL.”

    Ha. If only we got Dalvin Cook over OJ last year and Guice this year.

  39. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    I’m with America on DJax because look what he did with curry cousins also! If our qbs can’t hit him on a deep pass or we’re not designing explosives plays like 20 yard deep crosses then let him continue his career with a team who’s qb can and a coach who can. Win win for both and wee get something for him. It’s not his fault he was worth the contract we paid him and we’re just not using him right!

    Watson had not been impressing much in tc and then he goes and fumbles. Bobo and Martino at this time are better than him because they did more in their 1st game and didn’t fumble plus have NFL experience. Watson better play good special teams and not fumble anymore he wants to make this team don’t matter what his measurables are. Seem like dudes are latching on to him like Joe Dirt who isn’t even a very good player! I used to feel the same way about Hump but dude earned his spot and Jameis trusts him.

  40. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Another thing, Alan Cross needs more passes thrown his way! His td was a copy of a great catch he made last year! Dude might shine if he gets 3 or 4 looks a game.

  41. Godeep66 Says:

    I totally agree with americanenabler. Trade DJax and package in dumb as a bag of hammers JW. Get Foles NOW. Or possibly Sam Bradford.

  42. Trench War Says:

    wait till the bye week

  43. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Rod Munch, no way is Hump gone next year. He just signed a new two year deal and he’s good enough to keep beyond that.

    I agree DJax will be released next year. I think they would trade him this year for a forth or better, just to get him off the books.

    Remember though, we’re talking about the 5th and 6th string spots. They won’t have huge stats. Martino has good hands and has been a reliable target during a regular season. Bobo always looks good in training camp, but is not reliable as a pass catcher in the regular season. So far.

    But if he can keep returning punts like he did, he might just take the 6th spot from Reedy.

    That only problem is that Reedy is also better in the passing game…slightly.

    Bobo seems to be a fan favorite. I don’t get why, but I can respect it. Two spots, too many options. No matter who makes the team, someone with great potential will be cut.

    If I went strictly by pass catching, I would have to put Baily at the top of the list based on one game. Griffin went to him time after time, and he caught everything.

    Thankfully, he could probably be snuck onto the practice squad at this point, but if he does so well in all of the preseason games? Then he would deserve to make the roster.

  44. johnnybuc Says:

    bonzai i’m confused you say bobo always looks good in camp then can’t catch during the season? when was it reported that bobo was lighting it up last TC?? only thing anyone remember about him is hard knocks he never had a break out performance in a game only reason they kept him is because he was a different young guy for them to develop instead of keeping a dontae dye who had already been developed as much as he was going to get . bobo is a fan favorite because his talent over guys like martino is obvious plus the added threat in return game . (also helps he’s a former seminole) then you say he’s not reliable as a pass catcher during the season?? that’s weird because last yr bobo was targeted a grand total of 1 time and he caught that ball for a touchdown . i’d say his problem last yr wasn’t drops or consistency it’s just that he’s in one of the deepest wr rooms in the nfl . also saying a guy like bailey deserves the nod over a proven commodity like martino and bobo is the obvious overreaction to 1 preseason game … i mean there’s a reason he’s out playing on the last drive of the game and bobo and martino were comfortable on the sidelines… i’d say that guys chances of making the 53 are about 0.
    reminds me of the weird fascination some bucs fans had last offseason with that derel walker kid from the cfl , everybody swore he was making the final 53 when it was obvious to anyone paying attention or anyone who has seen how these training camp battles work, that he was on the outside looking in.

  45. johnnybuc Says:

    american since you such a fan of youtube how about you go watch some full game clips of old eagles and redskins games and watch how many times they have d jack running out breaking routes toward the sideline . you’ll probably be suprised. ill say it again and i know it’ might be surprising to someone who’s never really played football in there life but just cus you got a fast guy at receiver doesn’t mean every route they run is gonna be a slant drag or go . i mean as a corner you’d have a pretty easy assignment covering that guy . yes bucs didn’t do a good job last year getting ball in his hands but they also adjusted later in the year and were doing a better job getting him on routes were he can turn upfield . monken and koetter have been successful O coordinators for a long time and i’d like to think they will make adjustments to to get there playmakers the ball .