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With Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans both out with hamstring injuries, younger receivers have been forced to step up. Asserting himself among that group during OTAs has been Chris Owusu.
Despite having more experienced pass-catchers on the depth chart like Louis Murphy and Lavelle Hawkins, Owusu seems to have caught the eye of head coach Lovie Smith, per the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman.
The Stanford product has just 14 receptions over his first two seasons in the NFL, but he impressed his new head coach earlier in the offseason at the team's minicamp, as well:
He has good size, excellent speed and I've been impressed with how he has caught the football. I don't know a lot nor had any preconceived notions about the players, but he's a guy that you do notice. I did see on his chart before we went on the field a 4.36 (40-yard dash time) that will get your attention a little bit. He's running good routes, he's caught the ball well and he's done some good things. There's an opportunity, if I'm a receiver I would be just really doing everything I could to show the coaches exactly what I have. This is a great chance to do that.
Hearing those words from the new sheriff in town definitely means you're doing the right things if you're Owusu. If he can keep this up, he should be a lock to make the team, especially if he can contribute significantly on special teams.