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Bucs signs physical receiver, release cousin of Sammy Watkins: report

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a number of roster moves following their rookie minicamp practices. The Bucs announced they have signed 6’3″, 210-pound wide receiver Kameron Brown, who had a promising career at Coastal Carolina, in addition to James Madison defenseman Mike Greene and Yale tight end JJ Howland following his standout Performance during the mini camp.

“Ivy League undrafted rookie tight end? The Bucs are signing former Yale tightend JJ Howland after he impressed at rookie minicamp this weekend.” The Athletic’s Greg Auman tweeted on May 16, 2022. “Howland even wore Cam Brates 84 as a tryout.”

The Buccaneers took appropriate steps, releasing wideout Austin Watkins and defenseman Kobe Smith to open up additional roster spots. Watkins had a promising career at UAB before flashing at the 2021 Senior Bowl practices months before the draft. The wideout is the cousin of veteran NFL receiver Sammy Watkins and had 57 receptions for 1,092 yards and six touchdowns for the Blazers in 2019.

“He’s always telling me to keep crunching and that I’ve got a long way to go,” Watkins told News-Press’s Andrew Sodergren in an October 2019 interview of his cousin’s influence. “I just have to keep working. I need to become a smarter gamer, learn reporting faster and just watch more movies and be smarter with the game. I feel like I have the size, speed and distance to succeed at the next level.”

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Brown’s signature is interesting as the recipient wore number 81 in training, Antonio Brown’s old number. Aumann reports that the privateers were “impressed” by his performance at minicamp.

Brown had 36 receptions for 605 yards and five touchdowns on his 12 appearances for Coastal Carolina in 2021. Athletic’s Dane Brugler listed Brown in his ‘Best of the Rest’ receiver rankings, ranking 162nd among wideouts.

Receiver continues to be a requirement area for the Buccaneers when it comes to depth. Chris Godwin is recovering from a season-ending ACL injury and the Buccaneers were unable to find a comparable replacement after Antonio Brown was fired in January.

Tampa Bay will be looking for additional players to pair with Godwin and Mike Evans to give undrafted players like Brown a shot at a puncher’s chance to make the final roster. Buccaneers wide receivers coach Kevin Garver emphasized that the team cannot have enough playmakers to indicate the injuries that are common at the position.

“Yeah, you can never have enough wide receivers and you really watch it all the time since I’ve been here on the 19th, 20th, 21st,” Garver explained during a May 10 press conference. “We played with a lot of guys, we played with a lot of guys. This 19th season, Mike [Evans] and Chris [Godwin] go out and we finish and BP [Breshad Perriman] finished and has a great end of the season and cyril grayson and [Jaydon] Mikens and Scotty [Miller] and all these boys play

“We probably didn’t deal with the injury bug that much in season 20, and then it popped up again for us in season 21. So you can never have enough because for us it’s the next man’s mentality for sure. But you never know when those injuries are going to hit and you have to have enough talent to compete and win week in and week out.”

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