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Chris Owusu Earns Starting Spot at Wide Receiver

August 18th, 2014 at 1:05 PM
By Michael Compton

Entering his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chris Owusu has earned a starting spot alongside Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans at wide receiver, according to Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.

With only one catch in the preseason for 17 yards—which was nullified by a holding penalty— Owusu has a reputation of being a hard worker in camp but he has been plagued by injuries. Playing in nine games for the Bucs in 2013 while hampered by a lower leg injury, Owusu caught just 13 passes for 114 yards (longest 20).

Lovie Smith has been impressed with the California native since OTAs.

Chris Owusu has been pretty good from day one," Smith said in The Tampa Tribune earlier this year following OTAs. "He’s one that has caught my attention from the first minicamp all the way through. He has good size, excellent speed and I’ve been impressed with how he has caught the football.”

Owusu played college ball at Stanford and entered the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Bucs in 2012 while a member of the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad.

Still competing for roster spots at the position are Solomon Patton, who looked good returning punts against the Miami Dolphins last weekend, Louis Murphy, who has also been productive in the preseason, and Robert Herron.

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Tags: Buccaneers, Chris Owusu, Football, Louis Murphy, Lovie Smith, Mike Evans, NFL, Robert Herron, Roy Cummings, Solomon Patton, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Tampa Tribune, Vincent Jackson

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