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: January 03, 2007, 08:16:04 PM

PewterReport.com is reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed their woeful return game with their first free agent signing in the 2007 offseason as they inked former Jacksonville return specialist Chad Owens to a future contract. Owens, who was a record-setting return man and receiver at the University of Hawaii, was the Mosi Tatupu Award in 2004 as the nation's top special teams player.

Here is the link to the story: http://pewterreport.com/articles/view/2785



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#1 : January 03, 2007, 08:16:30 PM

Nice signing.

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#2 : January 03, 2007, 08:18:51 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

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#3 : January 03, 2007, 08:23:38 PM

Yeaaaah, very exciting.  ::)



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#4 : January 03, 2007, 08:25:05 PM

Yeaaaah, very exciting. ::)
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#5 : January 03, 2007, 08:29:33 PM

he's not that fast is he



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#6 : January 03, 2007, 08:30:06 PM

It's doubtful he makes the roster, but who knows...



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#7 : January 03, 2007, 08:51:49 PM





OVERVIEW
The multi-talented "H" receiver continued to amaze Hawaii fans throughout his career for his knack of coming up with the big play. A clutch slot receiver with excellent field vision, Owens also proved to be a dangerous return specialist.

The Roosevelt High School graduate earned four letters in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and one in track during his prep days. He earned all-state honorable mention as a receiver as a sophomore and senior. The Honor Roll student graduated cum laude and was also part of the OIA championship basketball team.

Owens redshirted in 2000 at Hawaii. He played in 10 games in 2001, catching five passes for 57 yards (11.4 avg.) and a score, adding 216 yards and a touchdown on 18 punt returns (12.0 avg.) and 807 yards and two scores on 24 kickoff returns (33.6 avg.). He also scored once on three carries for 51 yards (17.0 avg.). He set NCAA game records for most yards on kickoff returns (249) and most combined return yards (342) vs. Brigham Young that year.

A knee injury vs. Nevada would sideline Owens for four games in 2002, but he would still manage 47 catches for 550 yards (11.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. Owens also returned 19 kickoffs for 477 yards (25.1 avg.) and 17 punts for 131 yards (7.7 avg.). Owens earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2003. Despite being suspended for two games for missing a team flight without authorization, he hauled in 85 passes for 1,134 yards (13.3 avg.) and nine touchdowns. Owens also had 14 punt returns for 136 yards (9.7 avg.).

Owens earned All-America second-team honors from Sports Illustrated and was the recipient of the Mosi Tatupu Award, given to the nation's top special teams player. He averaged 143.5 all-purpose yards as he set a school season record with 102 catches, good for 1,290 yards (12.6 avg.) and 17 touchdowns. He returned 36 punts for 531 yards (14.8 avg.) and a school-record five scores.

He closed out his career as the school's all-time leader with 239 receptions, good for 3,031 yards (12.7 avg.) and 29 touchdowns in 44 games. He rushed nine times for 62 yards (6.2 avg.) and a score. Owens returned 46 kickoffs for 1,354 yards, two touchdowns and a school career-record 29.4-yard average. He gained a school-record 1,014 yards on 85 punt returns (11.9 avg.) and set another Hawaii mark with six scores. His 5,461 all-purpose yards set another school all-time record, topping the previous mark of 4,558 yards by Gary Allen (1978-81). His kickoff return average of 29.4 yards set a Western Athletic Conference record, breaking the old career mark of 27.2 yards by Chris Farasopoulos of Brigham Young (1968-70). His six punt returns for scores topped the old WAC career-record of five, set by Arizona State's Lenny Randle (1968-69).


ANALYSIS
Positives: Quick-footed and sudden athlete with keen field instincts … Fearless over the middle and displays the juking moves needed to make the initial tackler miss … Pushes the field and does a nice job of selling at the top of his routes … Has good field vision and uses his blocks well to gain extra yardage … Can sink and separate working underneath … Shows some explosion through the seams and does a good job of finding the soft spot in the opponent's zone … Lacks top-end speed, but will use effective head-and-shoulder fakes to elude press coverage … Decent threat on underneath routes … Has soft hands and a good feel for the crease, showing good hip wiggle to gain good change of direction … Adjusts smoothly to the ball in flight and is not afraid to take punishment going for the ball in traffic … Gets out of his breaks cleanly and shows the alertness to slip under blocks.

Negatives: Still learning how to vary his speed so he doesn't overrun on his routes … Erratic blocker who lacks any strength to be effective, whether facing up at the line or downfield on the cut block … Lacks the strength and bulk to defeat the jam and needs a free lane in order to effectively get into his routes … If a defender gets a hand on him, he is quickly re-routed … Needs to use his hands better upfield to get a push off the cornerback and to prevent the defender from knocking him off-stride … Gets buckled up too much by a hard hit … Durability issues arise, as he's had several minor injuries due to his lack of size … His lack of top-end speed prevents him from getting a clean release off the line of scrimmage and he does not have that second gear needed to run away from defenders after the catch … Might bring some value as a return man, but his size and lack of strength and explosion are concerns … Has very short arms (27 7/8-inch length).


INJURY REPORT
2002 -- Missed four games after suffering a knee sprain vs. Nevada (Oct. 12).


AGILITY
Combine: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash … 2.73 20-yard dash … 1.65 10-yard dash … 3.94 20-yard shuttle … 11.08 60-yard shuttle … 37-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-8 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times … 27 7/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.


HIGH SCHOOL
A 2000 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu … Earned four letters in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and one in track … As a senior, he received All-OIA White Division first-team and honorable-mention all-state honors playing wide receiver … Garnered first-team All-OIA Red Division and all-state honorable-mention accolades during his sophomore year … Member of the OIA championship basketball team as a senior … Coached in football by Les Parrilla … Honor roll student who graduated cum laude.


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#8 : January 03, 2007, 08:48:05 PM

thats jones as in our guy Jones who returned for us this year, Owens is a different story, owens was one guy i wanted the bucs to draft because of his quickness, he is not fast, however he does make people miss and is quick through the holes.  Owens was a stud returner for hawaii and was a pretty solid receiver also.  However i think the preseason battle will be between him and jones in a winner takes return duties battle.




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#9 : January 03, 2007, 08:48:59 PM

D'OH...My bad.

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#10 : January 03, 2007, 09:29:34 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

WOW!  This FA is off to a great start??!!

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#11 : January 03, 2007, 09:31:34 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

WOW!  This FA is off to a great start??!!

Dude.  It's January 3rd.  What exactly were you expecting?

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#12 : January 03, 2007, 09:34:17 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

WOW!  This FA is off to a great start??!!

Dude.  It's January 3rd.  What exactly were you expecting?

HOW ABOUT SOME COMMON SENSE??!!

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#13 : January 03, 2007, 09:36:46 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

WOW! This FA is off to a great start??!!

Dude. It's January 3rd. What exactly were you expecting?

HOW ABOUT SOME COMMON SENSE??!!


You know absolutely nothing about this player other than what you read in this one paragraph, get a grip. I'm sure it was a real lucrative contract this guy got too.

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#14 : January 03, 2007, 09:38:25 PM

Well at least we found a player smaller than Mark Jones.....

"Owens starred mostly in the preseason in Jacksonville and appeared in only five games, one as a rookie in 2005 in which he muffed three punts and returned three punts for six yards, and four contests in 2006 in which he fair caught five punts and returned nine punts for 56 yards (6.2 avg.). He spent considerable time on the practice squad in Jacksonville in both 2005 and 2006."

WOW!  This FA is off to a great start??!!

Dude.  It's January 3rd.  What exactly were you expecting?

HOW ABOUT SOME COMMON SENSE??!!

We signed training camp fodder for what was almost certainly a league minimum salary!

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!
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