Chris Owusu has a decent shot at a returner role and quite possibly a receiving spot as well in 2013, which is extremely impressive for an undrafted second-year player who only got 25 snaps last season.
“We signed [Eric] Page, who was a free agent,” said Bucs special teams coach Dave Wannstedt, via the team website. “We’ve got a couple young kids – [David] Douglas is back, [Chris] Owusu. So we’ve got some guys right now who are all competing – [Michael] Smith as far as the kickoff return stuff. It’s competitive.”
Owusu’s recent performances in minicamp have also left wonder as to whether he could find a role at the No. 3 or No. 4 receiving spots behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Josh Freeman‘s ancillary options to don’t inspire overwhelming confidence with Tiquan Underwood and Kevin Ogletree, and there could very well be targets up for grabs that are within Owusu’s reach. The pass-catcher has made an offensive name for himself with a long touchdown reception past Bucs 2013 top pick Johnthan Banks in OTas, and his intelligence has been lauded in NFL.com‘s draft profile.
“Owusu is a smart receiver who runs routes well and knows how to get defensive backs to turn their hips. He has a decent frame and can use it to his advantage in traffic. He will go up for the ball in traffic and use his hands to catch the ball away from his body and bring it in.”