The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a flier on Jeff Demps in a trade with the New England Patriots, hoping that Demps would be able to be the Buccaneers return man due to his electrifying speed. However, Demps suffered a groin injury last month, and the Bucs have had to use Skye Dawson as their punt returner and Eric Page as the kick-off returner. They’ve been rotating and haven’t found any effective solutions at either spot, so it is unsurprising to hear that they are working out a return specialist.
According to the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson, the Buccaneers decided to work out Darius Reynaud today, much to the amusement of Tennessee Titans fans. Reynaud was released by the Titans last month after a costly fumble against the San Francisco 49ers, and he also had an embarrassing safety on the opening kickoff of the 2013 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wasn’t even effective outside of those major goof-ups, leading Titans fans to despise him.
Needless to say, they were elated when the Titans made the call to drop him, but the 28-year-old running back is actually a great return man. Or, at least, he was a great return specialist last year when he had 1,240 kick-off return yards and two touchdowns, in addition to a punt return touchdown. I like that the Bucs are doing due diligence with him, but his stupid mistakes are a giant black mark on his record. Keep a close eye to see if anything comes of this, because the winless Bucs can certainly afford to make changes like this one.