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April 12, 2013 @ 12:46 am
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Bucs Continue To Stockpile Receivers; Add Toledo Standout Page

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The Buccaneers have been active in free agency, but primarily on the offensive side of the ball and late Thursday night signed another receiver – former Toledo record-setter Eric Page.
While not the big names fans are hoping for, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to add more players to their roster. Late Thursday night Tampa Bay signed free agent receiver Eric Page who was signed last season as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos, but released last summer with an injury settlement.

Page played his college football for Toledo and ended his career as the schools all-time leading receiver. Page caught 306 passes for 3,443 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons for Toledo.

Most assumed defense would be the free agent priority this offseason but it is clear the Buccaneers aren’t done tinkering with their record-setting offense. So far this offseason the Buccaneers have added wide receivers Page, Kevin Ogletree, Steve Smith in addition to tight end Tom Crabtree. Tampa Bay also added former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard and released running back D. J. Ware.

Tampa Bay’s receiving corps now have the above mentioned players, plus 2012 holdovers Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu.

Head coach Greg Schiano said just after the season ended he wanted more competition and general manager Mark Dominik has obliged – at least offensively.

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    My Uncle is Chairman of the W.Va. Alumni Association and has donated a lot of money to make W.Va. Football an elite program, but I do not favor us picking Austin with our number one pick. We have got to get a penetrating DL who can add some sacks from the inside to help our pass rush, and that type of talent will go in the first round and there are four good ones this year that can do the job and we have to get one of them. That also means we cannot give up our first pick to get Reavis, but the Jets will have to agree to draft picks next year for him or they will end up with nothing for him when he leaves them next year. I am sure out of the free agents we have signed we can find one who will be a good possession receiver on third down to help us move the chains. Some years ago we picked up a Gator receiver from the N.Y. Giants at the end of his career, and he did an admirable job as slot receiver and picking up first downs for the Bucs and we didn't lose a first round pick for him either.
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    Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is the hidden gem that we should be watching. I am a fan of Josh Freeman, and my whole family wears his jersey #, but the camera does not lie. Tyler would be as good as Josh is THIS YEAR with all the upside to boot!
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    I think this is great news fans- a one yr veteran who did some things while at denver. He could be our Kick Return man in 2013-GO BUCS
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    Austin would be a luxury pick that we don't have the luxury of taking. Obviously Austin is a better talent than the WRs we added in the offseason but I think the moves prove that the Bucs aren't going in that direction. While Austin is a great talent, there's a player with very similar traits to him in almost every draft (2012 - Kendal Wright, 2011 - Titus Young/Randal Cobb, 2010 - Dexter McClester....). Once we fill our real needs (RT, CB, DE, DT, OLB and maybe QB) we can start looking at gadget players.
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    I know, but Austin is instant defense because he will help keep the other team on the sideline. We were really good on offense; without speed. We need an infusion of speed and a break-away player like Austin would provide that.
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    Actually, Austin is explosive enough for quick-strike offense... which potentially means more time on the field for the defense. Of course, it also means the defense would be playing with points on the board... One could make good arguments for both approaches, but I think the offense was good enough last year while the pass defense lost games. Gotta go for defense unless Austin is clearly a higher rated player than any of the remaining defensive options.
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    Not drafting WR in round #1 folks. Gonna be all D.
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    I believe that we have had a good Free Agency; not great like last year, but good. Last night I watched the rehab video on Revis and was very encouraged as to what he has been able to do so far. I believe that he will be ready for the start of Camp; I am sure that they will keep him out of contact for a couple weeks and use the preseason games to get him ready to start the season. It wouldn't surprise me if Barber is allowed to start the first couple plays in our first regular home game as a thank you Rhonde for all those previous starts. I agree with PewterReportSR that Barber will be the starting corner nickel. I am starting to feel better about giving up our No. 13 spot for Revis or our 2nd round pick and 4th round pick this year and a 3rd round pick next year.
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    It's not stockpiling when you're adding competition for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th receiver positions, unless they're all top-line guys. Stockpiling would be adding multiple guys who could challenge V-Jax or MiWi for their starting positions.
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    We need to think about an upgrade or b/u for O.T.
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    The Bucs are in a precarious position and they keep stockpiling potential slot receivers because they know it. You see, we can't have it both ways - get Revis and Austin. And if we don't get Revis, it's going to be hard to justify not going defense in the 1st round. If we get Revis, that 1st round pick is probably gone. And if that is the case, they're hoping that one of these zombies they're bringing in now can come to life!
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    Austin would be a luxury pick top teams like the 49ers, or Pats could take later in the 1st round. The Bucs still need meat, and potatoes. One day when we're a solid all around team picking late in the 1st round we can go for those type players, but not now.
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    If I am the new coach of the special teams, I would be pounding the desk for Tavon Austin. Coach Schiano can't be satisfied with the special teams gaffes by the PR/KR last year. Austin is instant offensive impact without taking balls from v. jax, mike williams, or doug martin,
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    I'd like to see the BUCS get another impact player at WR, but I understand other fans' thoughts on Austin. I think Austin is a x-factor that puts the offense over the top regardless of who's playing QB in the next couple year. I know some fans are clamoring for a TE to copy what everyone else is doing, but there is NO team I can think of that can put 3 WR on the field and possibly have all 3 open at any time. None of the recent WR signings put the BUCS in that position. Tiquan Underwood doesn't do that even with his rumored speed advantage. He's a straight line speed guy that won't make anyone miss in the open field. If the BUCS don't move up to get Milliner, I hope they make an impact on offense with Austin.
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    None of these guys are high impact players like Austin. None have his versatility. Any that survive to the final 53 will just be backup to fill in when games are already decided.
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    Can we stop with the Austin to the Bucs thing by now? We've now signed three slot receivers this off-season to compete with the starter we already have. I'm sure only two or three of them will make the team but i think we are set at WR.
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    Smokescreen! ;-)
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