New WR Ojo Could Be Secret Weapon vs. Saints

September 4 - Practice squad players can typically only help out their team on game days by imitating the opposition in workouts. But Tampa Bay's new practice squad receiver, Onome Ojo, was just picked up from New Orleans, who just happens to be the Bucs' opening day opponent. Ojo is prepared to spill the beans regarding the Saints' plans against the Bucs on Sunday. Click here to read what he told Pewter Report in the Bucs' locker room today.


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One of the intriguing stories about Tampa Bay's practice squad this year is the addition of wide receiver Onome (pronounced On-oh-may) Ojo, who spent last year with the New Orleans Saints before being released on Sunday's mandatory roster cutdown to 53. The Saints, of course, will be the Buccaneers' opponent on opening day this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Don't think that the Bucs won't pick his brain this week about the Saints plays and game plan. Ojo, a bright player who was on the dean's list at Cal-Davis, says he knows it all.

"Definitely, I know it all," Ojo said. "(The Saints) even have plays called Tampa. It's good to be over here now. That's how it works in this league. If I can help our staff out in anyway I will. I'm looking forward to it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the Saints change up because I'm here. They've practiced for Tampa for two or three weeks already, and they really need to win that game."

Ojo had three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown in the preseason this years, after lighting up the preseason in 2001 with eight catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns to make the Saints' roster last year. While Ojo was disappointed in being released, he is grateful that Tampa Bay picked him up.

"I guess that's just how the league works," Ojo said. "There are unexpected shifts and changes in a coaching staff's plan and this is what you have to roll with. If I could anywhere other than the Saints, this is where I would want to be. I came here last year and we were handed a defeat."

Tampa Bay's front office is intrigued with Ojo's 6-foot-4 frame and his speed, especially with the departure of speedster Frank Murphy, who was cut on Sunday.

"I'm pretty fast," Ojo said. "That's the one advantage I have with a guy my size. I can come here and learn from big players like Joe Jurevicius and Keyshawn Johnson. We didn't really have those type of players with the Saints. We had players like Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth, who is a player cut very much like Joe Horn. They do have Jake Reed, but he's nowhere along the speed lines of Joe or Keyshawn."

Even though he isn't on the active roster and won't play against his old team, does Ojo feel that he can give away enough of the Saints' secrets to be Tampa Bay's secret weapon?

"Maybe," Ojo said. "I hope so."


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