By Tom Krasniqi (Twitter: @TKras)
The weather conditions for Day 5 of Bucs training camp were exactly what you’d expect for late July in Tampa—Hot and toasty. And so was Bucs wide receiver Chris Owusu, who was in the zone during Monday’s practice at One Buc Place. Check that. He’s been scorching throughout camp. “Well, he’s getting better,” head coach Greg Schiano said after Monday’s practice.
Owusu made catch after catch. Whether it was along the sideline or deep down the field or diving over the middle. #80 made them all. And he’s enjoying every minute of it. “It was fun,” said Owusu after Monday’s practice. “It was fun to go out and compete. We have an off day tomorrow [Tuesday] so I wanted to go out there and end it on a good day.”
The Bucs’ receiving corps is very deep and talented. Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are locked in as starters. Behind them, there’s Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood so Owusu knows he has to make the most of every rep he gets during camp. “Incredible depth…You have to bring your ‘A’ game all the time,” says Owusu.
The presence of Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson certainly helps. Owusu believes Jackson has been a tremendous influence on him. “Just attack the defender and be a professional at all times,” Owusu said of what Jackson has taught him. “Vince is the best professional I’ve seen….ever”.
Owusu played his college ball at Stanford and was signed by the 49ers after going undrafted in 2012. He was among San Francisco’s final cuts before last season. He signed with the Chargers and was placed on their practice squad before the Bucs scooped him up last September. The 6-0, 196-pound Owusu has terrific speed—4.36 in the 40—but concussions and various injuries marred his college career. He ran track in high school so he could also be an option as a returner for the Bucs.
So far in camp, he’s opened some eyes with his play. If he keeps it up, the Bucs will have some tough decisions to make at that 5th WR spot. Owusu is determined to make more plays so he has a fighting chance. “You have to make it[plays] early, you have to make it late. You have to make it all the time,” said Owusu. “This is the NFL…the guys here are top notch. The skill level is high so you have to bring it at all times.”
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