Bucs receiver Donteea Dye finished training camp on a high note.
Bucs WR Donteea Dye will be back deep to receive kicks Saturday – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The second-year wideout, in a battle for one of the final spots, caught four straight passes during the two-minute period against the Browns Wednesday. Dye was running with the second-team offense but more plays like that could land him a starting job.
While coach Dirk Koetter is usually careful not to overhype a player – especially on the offensive side of the ball – he mentioned that Dye is proving himself in more ways than one.
“He’s battling. He’s battling and you can see, not only his work at wide receiver, but good things on special teams,” Koetter said after practice. “When you’re talking about your fourth and fifth wideouts, they have to play on special teams as well, so he’s making a good case.”
Dye, who opened last Saturday’s game with a 32-yard kick return, also caught a back-shoulder pass down the seam from Jameis Winston during red zone 7-on-7 drills Wednesday. The Heidelberg product only has one reception so far in preseason action, but his primary experience comes from nine games (five starts) in the regular season last year. After his promotion from the practice squad to the active roster, Dye caught 11 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown, his first NFL reception in Week 7.
So while Dye, unlike fellow undrafted pro-turned-starter Adam Humphries, didn’t do enough last year to establish himself as a front-runner for a starting job or spot on the 53-man roster heading into camp, he’s kept to the grind and certainly earned consideration for a second season in Tampa Bay.
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In the practices I’ve watched Dye looks much more confident than a year ago. He can be very explosive.
Dropped to many balls last year Scubog but if he can correct that problem he’s got my vote.
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