With the influx of new talent the Buccaneers acquired during the 2018 offseason, there are certainly going to be some interesting battles for roster spots at a variety of different positions.

One of the deepest positions on the team is the wide receiver position. There’s the obvious Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson at the top, plus the experienced Adam Humphries and the young gun Chris Godwin after that. Those four are surely locks to make the roster, but then it gets interesting. Freddie Martino is a guy who has been a contributor on this team for a few years. Bernard Reedy was just re-signed after being put on waivers last year. Justin Watson was drafted in the sixth round in this year’s draft. And then there’s Bobo Wilson.

Wilson, who went undrafted in 2017, was a brief feature player on the show Hard Knocks last year as one of the final players to get the call to come back to the team’s practice squad after not being chosen for the final 53-man roster. Wilson spent most of the year on the practice squad before being called up at the end of November. Wilson finished the season with three games as an active player with one catch for one touchdown.

WR Jesus “Bobo” Wilson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Wilson is an explosive wide receiver, one that can be tough to cover for cornerback. Going into 2018, some are wondering if he’ll be that No. 5 wide receiver to be carried on the roster. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was asked what a guy like Wilson can bring to an offense, and this is what he had to say.

“Just grit. I call him, ‘Young Antonio Brown’ because of just his work ethic.” Winston said. “He’s constantly working, he’s constantly processing and growing. I’m blessed to have him here with me because we had a good connection at Florida State so just to see him out there doing his thing, I’m very proud of him. But as we all know, this is the NFL so everyone has to compete. Everyone has to get better. He definitely takes on that challenge because he’s going to compete with the best.”

Comparing anyone to Antonio Brown in any way is high praise. If you watched the Hard Knocks series last year, you know that DeSean Jackson is a fan of Wilson as well for the same reasons Winston is.

Will that drive to be the best turn into a roster spot?

We’ll see.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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nybuccguy
nybuccguy
4 years ago

Jameis is just advocating for a fellow FSU player. Im not putting too much stock into this

thewbacca
thewbacca
Reply to  nybuccguy
4 years ago

I certainly appreciated his vote of confidence.

Regards,

Roberto Aguayo

Wausa
Wausa
4 years ago

Jameis advocates for all of his teammates regardless of where they went to school. Bobo is a good player though. He has outstanding quickness, is solidly built and has very good hands. However, he is short and does not have great speed. He’s an NFL level receiver, but the Bucs are so deep at the position he may not make their roster. If he gets cut I could see him as a number three receiver for an NFL team.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

We see proven Vets. get traded alot. With Winston who will be making LOTS of Bucks next year. IMO the Bucs can’t keep some of our proven players, so it will not surprise me if somebody gets traded.

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e
4 years ago

Bobo seems to have something that I think could be beneficial to the roster. There’s a grit factor that I think is a valuable asset to the receiving corp. I hope he makes the cut.

Amo
Amo
4 years ago

Yes, Antonio Brown, age 5.

Jameis Wins-A-Ton
Jameis Wins-A-Ton
4 years ago

Trade Hump! Bobo can occupy his role.

Freeman Strickland
Freeman Strickland
4 years ago

Depth! Depth! Depth! It is the only way to be sure you have what you need once injuries (and suspensions) come along. And, if all goes well, you are left with trade value. Trading Humphrey or DJax could help the team if the depth is a great as it hopes. Drafting Justin Watson and binging in unsigned rookies is a great part of maintaining the depth. Unfortunately, that was not done with the OL last year when the Bucs passed on LT Andrew Whitworth and the first round LTs in the draft. This team would be in a really solid… Read more »

fredster
fredster
4 years ago

Wilson seemed like he had attitude issues on Hard Knocks. Will see I guess.

alan skelly
alan skelly
4 years ago

Now that we have young Antonio Brown we can trade D Jax Cam Brate and Chris Conte for Derwin James