The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been awarded former Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals after they put in a claim for him early Monday. Shipley was cut earlier this weekend by the Bengals and will join the Buccaneers as soon as he passes a physical.
Shipley came into the NFL in 2010, getting drafted in the 3rd round by Cincinnati. But he’s failed to transfer his standout skills he displayed at the University of Texas to the NFL. In his three year stint with the Bengals, Shipley has caught just 52 catches his rookie season which totaled up to just 600 yards and three touchdowns.
His best game thus far came that season when he caught six passes for 131 yards, including a 64 yard touchdown.
But he’s struggled with injuries, starting his rookie season when he suffered a concussion week 4 against the Browns, which kept him out the following week. The injury woes didn’t end there as Shipley suffered a torn ACL and MCL in week 2 of last season, ending his 2011 season before it could really take off.
But for the Bucs, this is a high reward, low risk type of situation. Shipley comes to town not threatening to take away anyone’s job (unless you’re Sammie Stroughter or Ed Grant). He’s only really had one NFL season and even then he missed a game, which could say right off the bat that he’ll be an injury issue.
However, the Bucs aren’t going to pressure Shipley into big time situations, and should he make the final roster, he’ll have ample time to get his footing and potentially be a steal for the Bucs.
In 2010, the Bucs claimed receiver Dezmon Briscoe off of the Bengals practice squad and he ended up leading the team in touchdowns last season. Granted, last season wasn’t anything to brag about, but it’s no impossible for others damaged goods to come to Tampa and succeed.
Look no further than LeGarrette Blount.
There is no guarantee that Shipley will work out in Tampa, but given his college success and the potential he has combined with the lack of any sort of desperation at wide receiver for the Bucs, this is a move that can be painlessly made. The third year wide out is currently recovering from surgery to repair his ACL and MCL and could at the very least be a return specialist for the Bucs.