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?