The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some more roster moves today, shifting around the roster again at the wide receiver spot. Earlier this week the Buccaneers released guard Derek Hardman, re-signing former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley.
Shipley saw some limited action with Tampa Bay in the preseason, and was a tough cut for coach Greg Schiano. He mentioned that there was an ailment with wide receiver Preston Parker and they would be finding who will take over the slot role.
Well they were back at it again today as they announced the re-signing of Tiquan Underwood and the releasing of Parker. Underwood had a very good preseason with the Buccaneers and has familiarity with coach Schiano, as he played under him at Rutgers University.
The moves didn’t end there as it was just reported that Tampa Bay has signed Chris Owusu off of the San Diego Chargers practice squad. To make room for that move it’s reported that receiver Sammie Stroughter will be placed on the injured reserve.
This could be seen coming as Schiano announced earlier in the week he was uncertain of the health of both Parker and Stroughter, so they signed Shipley to be safe. Now with Underwood back and rookie Owusu, we might have seen the last of Stroughter on the active roster.
I expect to see Arrelious Benn in the slot a lot this week. They have wanted to get him on the field with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Benn is finally healthy and should get an excellent chance to lock down the slot receiver.
Owusu should provide a solid special teams player that could instantly get a shot at punt and kick returns as rookie running back Michael Smith hasn’t done anything to secure the job.
Schiano has placed an emphasis on getting some speed on the team and by resigning Underwood and getting Owusu’s 4.3 speed back on the roster, he does just that.