The Buccaneers victory over the Steelers was not the only unlikely outcome in Sunday’s contest. Louis Murphy, who was released a day before the season opener, ended up as the Bucs leading receiver. The former Gator receiver caught six passes for 99 yards including the 40-yard catch and run that set up the winning score with seven seconds left.
The former Florida Gator had been released on September 6 to make room for rookie Brandon Dixon, before re-signing with the team last Tuesday. Four days later he was playing in Pittsburgh, making the most of every opportunity.
On Tuesday, Murphy spoke to members of the media, and while he wasn’t interested in gloating about his own performance on Sunday, he did become more enthusiastic when asked about Mike Glennon – in particular the chemistry they have.
“It helps a lot,” Murphy said. “We we’re second team, so we were taking a lot of reps together. We built a good chemistry together throughout the offseason, and you know Mike’s just a great guy. He loves ball, and he’s put in a lot of work too, so I’m also happy for him to see him come out there and make plays and go through his reads. I’m ecstatic for him.”
The chemistry Murphy and Glennon built through the offseason while taking second-team reps should prove to be important this week. The team announced on Monday that 2014 first-round pick, Mike Evans will miss 2-3 weeks with a groin injury, giving way for Murphy to start along side Vincent Jackson.
“It’s a big opportunity, and I’m going to take full advantage of it,” Murphy said of playing in place for Evans. “That’s part of football (injuries), if one guy goes down the next guy has to step up. That’s been happening across the board for the entire team.”
The Buccaneers have suffered many key injuries, but like the other players who have stressed the ‘next man up’ motto, Murphy feels confident that he can step up to the challenge next week.
“Guys have had to step up and into roles that they’re not used to, but I’m ready for this,” he said. “I’m preparing for it, and you know I’m ready. Like I said, my focus now is New Orleans.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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good job murphy go bucs
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