The Buccaneers have some tough roster decisions to make in the coming weeks, especially at wide receiver.
While undrafted rookies like Rannell Hall, Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries have earned praise for their performances throughout training camp, another young player has stepped onto the scene and quietly become a favorite target, as well.
Robert Herron, last year’s sixth round pick, has been all over the place during the past week. From a one-handed grab to end Monday’s practice to finding his way onto first-team offense at times Friday, the Wyoming product is finally starting to resemble an NFL wide receiver.
“Robert has excellent speed and quickness, you notice that right away,” head coach Lovie Smith said after practice Friday. “He’s had nagging injuries but he’s out there making plays. Yesterday (Thursday), he had a couple great plays. He’s a good slot player – it’s a tough combination when you’re not quick and fast (on defense).”
Smith acknowledged Herron’s issues in 2014, but says the young wideout has come a long way in Year 2.
“In the past maybe you’d like for him to hold on to a few more balls, but that’s what he’s doing,” Smith said. “Again, second year anywhere in the system (and) you should see marked improvement and we’re seeing that with Robert.”
So while Herron’s chances of surviving final cuts are still unknown – likely no more than seven WRs will be retained – he’s at least turning heads and reminding coaches why the team spent a draft pick on the 5-foot-9, 193-pound receiver.