Chris Owusu is entering his third season in the NFL and is hoping to have a bigger impact for the Bucs this season after struggling with injuries and inconsistencies over the course of his first two years. Someone who has noticed Owusu's improvement is Bucs QB Josh McCown.
One of the standout receivers during training camp was third-year receiver Chris Owusu, who entertained Bucs fans that came out to the numerous practices that began back in July.
Not only did the former Stanford product impress fans who watched the daily sessions, but Owusu also caught the eye of his quarterback Josh McCown.
“He’s been really solid, probably as much as anybody since the first day to now,” McCown said of Owusu. “Chris has been steady, (in that) he always does what he’s supposed to do and makes plays when they are there for him. I like what I’ve seen from him. He’s physical. He’s got some strength to him and obviously has the speed and has made big plays throughout the spring and throughout camp this year.
“I think he’s definitely somebody that has been good to kind of get to know and get to see flourish because you already know him before you’re out here. But as a young player he’s going in the right direction, that’s for sure.”
Owusu, who has 14 career receptions for 138 yards, was pleased to hear the kind sentiment from McCown.
"To get a complement from Josh that means a lot to me,” Owusu said on Wednesday during open locker room. “I’m trying to go out there and develop some trust with him and be where I need to be when I’m supposed to be there. He’s a great leader and I appreciate his words.”
Owusu was also a standout last training camp, only to struggle in game action once the preseason games began. This year Owusu is believing in himself more.
“I definitely feel more confident,” Owusu said. “I haven’t been injured. Just to go out there and play fast and be able to get my playbook and Coach Lovie’s philosophy of playing hard all the time has definitely helped me.”
Owusu, who is listed along with Louis Murphy as the backups to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans on the team’s depth chart, also credited offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s system for helping him feel more comfortable.
"Tedford’s offense is dynamic, both running and passing,” Owusu said. “To be able to have that variety has helped us all. It’s helped me to go out there and be confident with my plays. You’ve got to get in the playbook and learn and study, but I think we’re doing that as an offense.
Watching veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson over the last two seasons has been a great teaching tool for Owusu, who credits Jackson with helping his game evolve.
“How to be a professional,” Owusu said. “That’s the number one thing. I think he takes his job very seriously both on and off the field and he’s such a great leader. He’s a guy that takes it to another level being a professional -- being the guy who’s always on time, being the guy who is always watching film. You can tell by his route running with how crisp it is.”
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