Greg Schiano says new Buc Chris Osuwu has “some traits” that can help the team’s receiving corps. Osuwu himself think he can bring “a certain dynamic” to the squad. Osuwu does indeed have a very dynamic trait every team is looking for on offense: speed.
Osuwu ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine, tying Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill and Miami’s Travis Benjamin for the best time. Osuwu wasn’t drafted – in part, almost certainly, to a hard-luck run of injuries at Stanford – but he was quickly signed by the San Francisco 49ers and his former Cardinal Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. Osuwu ended up on the practice squad in San Diego but on Friday was plucked off that crew by the Bucs for their active roster.
After his first practice as a Buccaneer, Osuwu contemplated the reasons the Bucs wanted to bring him in.
“One thing is, I try to be positive out there,” he said. “I try to go out there and make plays and bring a certain dynamic and explosiveness to the team. I just want to help this team as much as I can. They’re already a great team without me so I just want to come in here and prove that I can make them even that much better.”
Osuwu said he believes he’ll get a look as a kickoff returner and hopes to use his speed to help as soon as possible in all phases of special teams. He also knows how speed can transform an offense, even if it’s not specifically used to run deep.
“One thing, as a receiver you just try to make everything look like a go route,” he said. “If you can get the defensive back into the backpedal, you’re at an advantage.”
Schiano said the Buccaneers were high on the Stanford standout during the draft process. Part of Osuwu’s injury history is a handful of concussions, but he has obviously been cleared by at least three NFL teams and the Bucs are confident it won’t be an issue.
“There certainly were concerns but here is a guy who went through the preseason and he played on special teams,” said Schiano. “As an organization you use all your recourses: our doctors, our trainers. We made a decision to go ahead. I think he’s going to be fine. If it turns out differently then you have to do whatever you have to do.”