"He has good size, excellent speed and I’ve been impressed with how he has caught the football," Smith said. "Again I don’t know a lot nor had any preconceived notions about the players, but he’s a guy that you do notice. I did see on his chart before we went on the field a 4.36 [40-yard dash] will get your attention a little bit.
"He’s running good routes, he’s caught the ball well and he’s done some good things. There’s an opportunity, if I’m a receiver I would be just really doing everything I could to show the coaches exactly what I have. This is a great chance to do that."
Owusu appeared in nine games last season, catching 13 passes for 114 yards.
According to Fox Sports, Tampa Bay "needs more sustainable parts here to be a contender. ... Something must happen."
The Buccaneers finished the game with just 158 yards through the air, and 98 of those went to Vincent Jackson, leaving little left over. Owusu finished third on the team with 13 yards on two receptions, and Underwood had just 7 yards on a single reception.
The Buccaneers season ends in Week 17 against the Saints.
Leonard managed one catch for 12 yards. He didn't record any catches despite being targeted twice.
Owusu was targeted five times, totaling three catches for 21 yards. Underwood was also targeted five times, totaling two catches for 15 yards.
The Bucs are back in action Week 16 at St. Louis.
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