Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

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We'll start our training camp preview with a position the Bucs are very strong at. Wide Receiver is not a concern for the Buccaneers. They are very top heavy at the position with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, both of whom can take over a football game. Where the questions lie is with who the other players might be that round out the depth at the position.

Here is our prediction on how the receivers might be categorized:

Roster Locks

Mike Evans - Evans was spectacular as a rookie, but his continued growth is imperative to the Bucs' future success on offense. The combination of Jameis Winston to Mike Evans could be special over the next 10 years.

Vincent Jackson - Jackson is still the leader of the Bucs' offense and a legit threat for Dirk Koetter to use. Jackson has the ability to line up outside, but also line up in the slot. Jackson's ability in the slot might be why the Bucs never brought in a true slot receiver.


Louis Murphy - Murphy is the next in line when it comes to experienced receivers on the roster. I still believe he could become a secret weapon for the Bucs on 3rd down.

Russell Shepard - Shepard has easily become the Bucs' best special teams player. He is incredible as a gunner. Now, Shepard has not offered much on offense as a true receiver, which may ultimately end up being what hurts his roster chances. For me, he's safe until another player shows they can be an impact special teams player.

Kenny Bell - One day, the hope is that 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks are not automatic locks to make the Bucs roster. The Bucs just aren't there yet. Bell has a lot to learn in terms of route running and being a receiver, but his speed and natural talent is attractive.

Kaelin Clay - Considering that Jason Licht already called Clay his return specialist, I'd guess Clay is pretty safe as long as he doesn't get a case of the fumbles in training camp.

On the Bubble

Robert Herron - Herron had a bad habit of dropping everything thrown his way in 2014. If he can't catch, he can't make an NFL roster.

Adam Humphries - Humphries made a name for himself during off-season training, but he'll need to be outstanding every day of training camp to get a roster spot.

Likely to Be Cut

Rannell Hall

Donteea Dye

Tavarres King

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