Huff secured three of six targets for 41 yards, rushed once for five yards, and gained 72 yards on six punt returns during the Bucs stint of his 2016 campaign. Huff's 2016 season wasn't dull by any stretch, with the third-year receiver opening the season as a starter in Philadelphia, picking up DUI, drug possession and weapons charges, getting subsequently released by the Eagles, and then latching on with the Bucs and eventually making his way onto the active roster. The University of Oregon product had shown more than enough play-making ability in his two-plus seasons with the Eagles, during which he'd notched 48 receptions on 75 targets for 482 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games, while also compiling 1,165 yards and touchdowns of 107 and 98 yards on 42 punt returns. Huff was promoted to the Bucs' active roster on Dec. 6 after a near month-long stay on the practice squad and was also signed to a two-year contract extension on the same day, insuring that he'll have a chance to continue developing his skills in Tampa for the foreseeable future. Blessed with excellent speed and a diverse skill set, Huff is a fantasy prospect with some upside heading into the offseason, given the team's need to find multiple viable options in the passing game alongside Mike Evans. His play-making ability on special teams gives an additional boost to his potential value in formats that take return yards and touchdowns into account.
Huff gathered in two of three targets for 24 yards in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the Saints. He also gained 17 yards on two kickoff returns. The 25-year-old receiver enjoyed his first multi-catch game in a Bucs uniform, as he continues to get further acclimated to the team's offense. The speedy Huff also continues to slot in at kick returner, although his production in that area was definitively limited Saturday. Having made some modest inroads with his new club, he'll look to finish the season with some positive momentum in Week 17 versus the Panthers.
Huff was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Cowboys, but he did total 55 yards on three kickoff returns. After seeing two targets in his Bucs debut in Week 14 but not netting any yardage on his one kick return, Huff's script was flipped Sunday night. He saw Freddie Martino and Russell Shepard gobble up the backup receiver snaps, but he was able to make a modest impact on special teams, with a long gain of 26 yards on his trio of runbacks. The third-year receiver figures to retain the kick returner job over the final two games, with the possibility of additional work at receiver also very much in play.
Huff secured one of two targets for 17 yards and gained five yards on his sole rush in Sunday's 16-11 win over the Saints. He did not net any yards on his one kickoff return. Huff was modestly involved in his Bucs debut, but did manage to get touches on both offense and special teams. As he further immerses himself in the playbook and gains rapport with Jameis Winston, Huff could see an uptick in snaps and production, given his potential and the injury-riddled state of the team's receiving corps.
Huff, who's Tuesday promotion to the practice squad included a new two-year contract with the Bucs, is working diligently to be ready for game action against the Saints in Week 14, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The Bucs apparently thought enough of Huff's potential to lock him up for the next two seasons, despite his recent legal troubles. He'd do well to start delivering on his potential right away, as the team's injury-depleted receiver corps is what prompted his promotion in the first place. For his part, Huff has his nose to the grindstone this week in an effort to be ready for his Week 14 active status. "The chemistry is coming along good with Jameis (Winston)," Huff said. "Every day I'm staying after practice to work on some type of chemistry, some type of routes. I think I'm doing a great job so far with it. He's starting to trust me. I just can't wait to get into action."
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