The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be a work in progress this season under rookie head coach Greg Schiano. That was illustrated on Thursday when the team made a bevy of roster moves which change up the receiving corps. In fact, the Buccaneers really shook up their receiver roster.
Slot receiver Preston Parker was released. Parker was one of the lone bright spots on an otherwise dismal offense last season for the Buccaneers but didn’t last more that two weeks under the new coaching regime in Tampa. Parker was replaced by Tiquan Underwood. Underwood was with the Buccaneers in the preseason and posted an impressive preseason.
Tampa Bay also re-signed former Cincinnati Bengals WR Jordan Shipley. Shipley was released by the Bengals during the preseason and he was signed off waivers by the Buccaneers but eventually released prior to the start of the regular season. This move was made as the Buccaneers learned that Sammie Stroughter will be heading to the injured reserve list with a foot injury.
Tampa was not finished there. The Buccaneers also signed WR Chris Owusu off the San Diego Chargers practice squad. He was the second leading receiver for the Stanford Cardinals last season and possess blazing speed, running a 4.31 40 at the NFL Combine this spring. He also possess a large frame at 6′ 2″ 200 pounds. It’s not exactly clear what the plans for Owusu are, contributing in the return game is a possibility. Despite running the second fastest time at the Combine, he went undrafted given his concussion history in college.
Head coach Greg Schiano told reporters that the Buccaneers could now utilize Arrelious Benn in the slot position, a new role for him, in the team’s three receiver sets.