Buccaneers newcomer can earn roster spot with success in vital role

Jerreth Sterns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Jerreth Sterns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Of all the new faces on the Buccaneers to learn now, wide receiver Jerreth Sterns should be at or near the top of your list.

Jerreth Sterns is going to quickly become one of the guys that a lot of people talk about on this Buccaneers team.

Undrafted free agent wide receivers tend to lack the glamour that draft picks receive, but Sterns is a unique blend of college success and talent. Plus, he could fill a major need for the Bucs in 2022.

One of the weakest positions on the roster in Tampa is the starting returner. The Buccaneers have experienced a mountain of turnover in this role over the years, both on punt and kick returns, and the results haven’t been great.

No one has been able to establish themselves as the guy. This then leads to a lack of consistency or rhythm, and the special teams lacks as a result. It seems like the team is cursed to keep trying out guys that won’t fit for years on end, and all of us are hoping that this curse could be at an end.

Perhaps Jerreth Sterns can show something on special teams reps during OTAs and training camp to prove that he can bring more to this roster than an extra set of quality hands.

Of the names listed in the video Tweeted out by The Pewter Report, most of the guys are receivers. It makes sense. Players like Scotty Miller and Jaelon Darden are just trying to show that they are more than streaky pass-catchers, and it makes sense that the coaching staff is trying to find every way possible to keep them on the roster.

Sterns is up against some stout competition in this group, but that doesn’t mean he is out of it. The newest young receiver for the Bucs did have some experience returning punts during his time in college, and being able to flash anything in this role could do plenty to helping his final roster hopes.

We should all expect for Jerreth Sterns to be involved with the roster at some capacity during the season, but is there a chance for this long-shot to make some noise on the final roster? It might not be as crazy as it seems.

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