One of the Buccaneers decisions this off-season will be, who plays slot receiver in their revamped offense? A solid slot receiver can keep drives alive, keep defenses honest, and become a quarterback's best friend.
Louis Murphy is solid, but can definitely be improved. I actually like Louis Murphy more for depth than as the primary slot receiver. Robert Herron would be a nice option if he was able to catch. The draft is also loaded at wide receiver this year, but maybe the Bucs safest option is another player on the verge of being released in their own division.
Harry Douglas has made scoring touchdowns against the Bucs the norm the last couple of seasons. In his last 6 games against the Bucs, Douglas has scored touchdowns in 4 of those games. According to NFL.com, Harry Douglas might be looking for a new home soon.
"Dimitroff last week acknowledged the team had "big decisions to make" on both Jackson and Douglas. The wideout is one season removed from his first 1,000-yard campaign, but cutting him would save the Falcons $3.5 million against the cap. His return is iffy."
Douglas posted his first 1,000 yard season of his career in 2013 under new Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. With Koetter coming to the Bucs to coach their offense, it wouldn't hurt to have a player or two familiar with what Koetter does on offense.
Douglas, 30, could be a financially smart addition for the Bucs. If the Bucs could lock him into a 3-year contract with a minimal hit to their cap, the Bucs could still either try and groom Herron or draft another young slot receiver to groom behind Douglas.
The Bucs have been big players in free agency over the last few years, but this year they might want to look more for bargain role players than the biggest and most expensive names on the market.
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