Bucs HC Bowles Singles Out One WR He’s Excited To See In Camp

The Bucs have fairly the battle brewing for his or her depth receiver roles. Behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage, the competitors is extensive open.

The favorites for these WR4 and WR5 – and potential WR6 – roles are doubtless the workforce’s incumbents. Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden, Breshad Perriman and Cyril Grayson, Jr. aren’t more likely to relinquish their roster spots with no battle. However might a darkish horse emerge and impress sufficient to earn his approach onto the workforce?

Tampa Bay has loads of receivers on its roster. Then once more, Tampa Bay has loads of gamers on its roster. That’s why it felt so vital for head coach Todd Bowles to single out one undrafted free agent receiver – Deven Thompkins – when requested who impressed him through the workforce’s mini-camp this week.

“I’d like to see what Thompkins does in coaching camp,” Bowles mentioned. “He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s explosive off of the ball and he’s made some good catches. So, we wish to see how he continues to study and the way he does in coaching camp and preseason. I’ll be him.”

Utah State WR Deven Thompkins – Photograph by: USA As we speak

Bowles had extra to say on the 5-foot-7 pass-catcher. When requested once more later in his Thursday press convention about any gamers who improved their inventory throughout mini-camp, he introduced Thompkins up once more.

“No person’s improved their inventory till we get in pads. However, there are guys that run round in [a] t-shirt and shorts that look good,” Bowles mentioned. “Like I mentioned, Thompkins is fast and quick and I stay up for seeing him in coaching camp.”

After all, the Bucs have seen tales like this earlier than. A lot was mentioned about Kenny Bell, the workforce’s fifth-round choose in 2015. He starred in the summertime and early in coaching camp, however when the pads got here on, he wasn’t the identical.

Even Darden, a fourth-round choose final yr, struggled to acclimate to the NFL throughout his rookie season. So, the large challenges lie forward for Thompkins, an undrafted free agent out of Utah State.

Thompkins’ 4.35-second 40-yard sprint tells you loads about his velocity. His place because the second-leading receiver in all of school soccer final yr – with 1,704 yards – says loads about his potential to provide. We’ll quickly see whether or not or not he’ll replicate that sort of success on the NFL degree. However for now, Bowles is amongst these wanting ahead to seeing him when the Bucs come again collectively for coaching camp in late July.