Owusu caught a pass for a gain of 1 yard in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing drive. he followed that up with a 19 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, his first career touchdown. He caught both of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 defeat.
The Buccaneers will host the Rams in Week 2.
"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.
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|4||9/28/14||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/2/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
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