Speed In Space; Bucs Target Former Panthers Ginn, Smith

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @CommishOnline

The first wave of free agency had the Bucs addressing every need other than weapons for a quarterback to throw to. Today, it’s a different story.

Jeff Tedford has used the phrase “speed in space” quite often when referring to his offense. The Bucs are now looking for that speed.

Former Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. visited One Buc Place on Wednesday. Ginn had one of his best years as a receiver in 2013 for the Panthers when he caught 39 passes for 556 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ginn can play the slot and stretch the field. He also is electric as a return man.

Sources have told me that the Buccaneers are also expected to show interest in soon-to-be former Panthers WR Steve Smith. Smith is a smaller receiver with excellent quickness and speed. He has been a staple in the Panthers offense for more than a decade.

Panthers beat writer for the Charlotte Observer Johnathon Jones confirms the Steve Smith interest.

While Steve Smith’s attitude is a concern, Jeff Tedford had experience at Cal with a receiver named Desean Jackson. Tedford will know how to utilize a player of Smith’s traits and get him the ball in “space.”

The Bucs continue to be active in free agency and there is no reason to think they will let up anytime soon.

Follow Justin Pawlowski on twitter @Commishonline for updates on the NFL Draft and the Bucs.


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