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Bucs look stronger at WR

5/19/2014

One thing quickly became obvious during the Buccaneers’ rookie camp over the weekend: Tampa Bay has upgraded at wide receiver.

First-round draft pick Mike Evans looked sensational throughout the practice sessions. Evans was drafted to replace Mike Williams, who was traded away after some off-field issues.

Williams had been a solid starter opposite Vincent Jackson. But Williams rarely did anything special. Evans was doing special things in his first few days of practice.

Evans might already be better than Williams ever was. If he’s not there yet, it won’t be long before he gets there because Evans has a high ceiling on his potential.

Wide receiver was one of Tampa Bay’s weakest positions heading into the draft. But now it’s looking like it could be a position of strength.

Evans will step immediately into a starting job, but he’s not the only rookie receiver with a chance to make an impact. Sixth-round pick Robert Herron also could end up playing a significant role.

Herron made a few nice plays during the minicamp. Herron will go to training camp with a chance to compete for the job at slot receiver. Herron’s undersized, but he has excellent speed and experience out of the slot.

Tampa Bay’s receiving corps suddenly looks a lot better than it was a few weeks ago.