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"Speedy Reedy" a Player to Watch at Camp

Is Bernard Reedy the slot receiver the Buccaneers have been looking for?


The Buccaneers have more depth at wide receiver than perhaps any other position on the team. Aside from Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, who have solidified themselves as starters, the Bucs have experienced players in Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard, Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye, among others, competing for a spot on the 53-man roster.

With so many talented players and only so many reps to go around, it can be difficult to stand out. But that didn't stop Bernard Reedy from putting together an impressive offseason.

It's impossible not to notice Reedy's speed; during OTAs and mini-camp he proved to be one of, if not the fastest player on the field. He made several impressive catches, including a few deep balls, that caught the attention of head coach Dirk Koetter and the rest of the Bucs' staff. 

"Well Bernard is a guy that we had in Atlanta for a while," said Koetter, who was Reedy's offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2014. "His quickness number one – he's one of the quickest guys on the field. We call him 'Speedy Reedy' for short – somebody besides me thought of that – and he's just a quick little guy in the slot on those little crossing routes and stuff like that. He has a knack for getting himself open."

While Reedy faces stiff competition, he's fighting for a position that's essentially up for grabs. Evans and Jackson will play on the outside and the team is still looking for a pure slot receiver. Whether or not Reedy can outlast the likes of Humphries, Dye or Murphy will be determined during training camp, but Reedy will be an intriguing player to watch as practices move on.

It's also worth noting, too, that the Buccaneers could land Reedy on their practice squad if he doesn't make the 53-man roster. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 but has yet to appear in a regular season game.

Take a look at the best photos from the Buccaneers' 2016 offseason.

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