Bucs Battle At WR Coming Down To Wednesday Night

By Zach Shapiro

Bucs WR-KR Kenny Bell - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

And then there were 10.

With the Bucs decision Monday to waive Donteea Dye, who played in 10 games for Tampa Bay last season, catching 11 passes for 132 yards, the team’s deep competition for the final receiver spot becomes a little less crowded. It still won’t make it an easy call, though.

“Like we’ve been saying all camp, it’s bunched up and you can take almost any guy out there and pick a day that that individual has shined,” coach Dirk Koetter said Monday. “We tend to lean towards consistency and guys that have shown they can make plays and make plays in game situations and then been consistent players, so we’re still looking. It’s down to the end here and a decision is going to have to be made.”

Reading between the lines a day later, it adds up that the Bucs made the move. Though Dye was solid on special teams in Week 2 in Jacksonville – the phase Koetter often emphasizes for bubble players – and continued to play well on offense in two joint practices with the Browns last week, he wasn’t consistent in games. An early injury on Saturday night derailed Dye’s progress, and as Koetter often says, “the best ability is availability.”

Later in the game Adam Humphries and Bernard Reedy returned punts for 73 and 34 yards, respectively, with Humphries going for a TD in the second quarter. That likely diminished Dye’s value as a return man and strengthened Reedy’s case for a final spot.

Assuming Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Adam Humphries and Russell Shepard round out the top four, the Bucs still have four other intriguing options for the fifth spot in Kenny Bell, Evan Spencer, Jonathan Krause and Louis Murphy.

On Tuesday Bell and Spencer spoke about the opportunity to get more reps in Week 4 …read more

Source:: Pewter Report