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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Eric Page, Add More Camp Competition At Wide Receiver

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Eric Page, a wide receiver who spent last season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos.

 

As the tweet above states, Page was a high volume receiver in college, but went undrafted before inking a deal with Denver. He has great catching hands, and runs good routes, getting separation despite a lack of pure speed. He’s also a very talented kick and punt returner, who uses his creativity and vision on returns rather than relying on pure speed.

On the negative side, he’s not very big (think Wes Welker, or even smaller, depending on what measurements you trust), and also not very athletic. He’s shifty, but not fast, nor explosive. He’s also not great at holding onto the football, as fumbles were a concern in college.

Page will compete for a spot on special teams and as a return man, with the potential to crack the rotation at wide receiver. The competition at slot receiver will be fierce, so if Page makes the roster, it will be because he had proven himself in camp to be dependable at receiver, or dominant on special teams.

Page joins Steve Smith, Kevin Ogletree, and Tiquan Underwood as the competitors for the third receiver job, which will likely be the most interesting camp battle leading up to the 2013 NFL season.

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