With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finishing the game last week with three receivers after losing Cecil Shorts and Adam Humphries to injuries in a 28-21 win over the San Diego Chargers, the team has decided to promoted former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Josh Huff to the 53-man roster, according to the team’s website.
Now, Josh Huff will be a vital piece for the rest of the season with Cecil Shorts out for the season. Huff will most likely see time returning kicks and maybe punts if Humphries is a no-show for the game against the New Orleans Saints, as he is in the league’s concussion protocol. The Oregon product has a good rep on the kick returns, as over his three seasons in Philly, he averaged 27.7 yards per return and scored on runbacks of 107 and 98 yards. His 107-yard kickoff return touchdown in his 2014 rookie season is the longest score of any kind in Eagles franchise history.
In addition, Shorts was Humphries backup on the depth chart when it came to returning punts, which right now Vernon Hargreaves is slated as the starting punt returner, which the Bucs would most likely let Huff get a chance, so Hargreaves can focus just on defense.
Furthermore, Huff’s NFL career has been decent on the field, as the 25-year-old receiver played in 34 games and made six starts with the Eagles, compiling 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns. Last year, he caught 27 passes for 312 yards and three scores. Interestingly, he led all Eagles receivers with an average of 6.7 yards gained after the catch.
Finally, Huff’s game changing speed adds another dimension and weapon to the Buccaneer offense.