Bucs coach Dirk Koetter recently announced that Adam Humphries will be the Bucs' 3rd receiver heading into this season. What does that mean for other young receivers like Kenny Bell?
Bell has had his fair share of standout moments in training camp this year, and will have to keep up the good play on a consistent basis if he is to earn a roster spot. Head coach Dirk Koetter has taken notice of his talent, but wants to see it continue in training camp.
"You take a guy like Kenny Bell, two days ago he looked like the MVP out here, then he disappeared yesterday, and D.D. (Donteea Dye) looked like he didn't belong out here two days ago and looked better yesterday," Koetter said on Sunday. "No doors are closed for any of those receivers, and I like our talent there. I like all those young guys, and that's what this preseason will be for.
While the Bucs surely have more depth at other positions such as running back when compared to wide receiver, the incredible effort this hopeful young group of receivers has put forth in training camp thus far is admirable. Guys have been diving without shoulder pads trying to catch passes in hopes of making a roster spot, and coaches are taking notice of the hard work they've new putting in.
If Kenny Bell is to earn a place on the roster this season, he's going to have to impress nearly every day of training camp. Receivers like Russell Shepard, Jonathan Krause and Evan Spencer are among his competition for a spot, some of which have more experience than him at the professional level. Bell has all the raw talent to be a dark horse receiver for the Buccaneers, but consistency will be the most crucial factor determining his future.