Not only has the Bucs offense struggled as a whole over the past several seasons, they've struggled to find any real speed to add to it. In the 5th round this past April, that may have changed with the drafting of Nebraska's Kenny Bell.
Bell ran a 4.34 before the draft for the Bucs according to General Manager Jason Licht. 4.3 speed has alluded the Bucs offense for years. The Buccaneers have the size in Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but Bell gives them a legit speed threat to pair with their size.
"Kenny (Bell) has been really smooth," Mike Evans said of his new teammate. "He seems like a veteran. He knows the offense just as good as anybody."
Bell will be in a battle with Louis Murphy to be the Bucs 3rd receiver. Despite his smaller size (compared to Evans and Jackson), Bell is better suited on the outside, which would mean a move inside to slot receiver for Vincent Jackson. Moving Jackson to slot receiver at times is something Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has already discussed.
“Bell's best skillset is for outside," Bucs GM Jason Licht said after drafting Bell. "He can stretch the field. He’s also got experience playing inside. We see him really making a push for contributing and playing a big role for us this year, but he’s got upside to be a starter, as well.”
Coming from a predominantly run oriented offense at Nebraska with a limited route tree, Bell still has some developing to do to become a well-rounded receiver. While Bell might not be fully prepared to be a big contributor in his rookie season, Bucs fans should expect Bell to become a bigger contributor to their offense over the next few seasons as Bell reaches his potential.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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