Taking a look at the running back turned receiver and how

 he can help Tampa Bay"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmBuccaneers Draft Profile: WR Jalen HurdNew Chris Godwin Jersey ,3commentsTaking a look at the running back turned receiver and how he can help Tampa BayEDTShareTweetShareShareBuccaneers Draft Profile: WR Jalen HurdJerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsHere’s the thing about offensive minded coaches - they want weapons on that side of the ball. With the loss of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries, the Buccaneers find themselves in need of finding some help at receiver. Yes, they signed Breshad Perriman, but that doesn’t solve all the issues. They will likely look to address receiver at some point in this draft, preferably day three.Jalen Hurd’s CareerJalen Hurd started his collegiate career at Tennessee as their starting running back. In three seasons with the Vols, Hurd had 589 carries for 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns. He would tack on 67 receptions for 462 yards and six touchdowns. He then transferred to Baylor due to his desire to switch to receiver and Tennessee telling him no. With Baylor, he had 69 receptions for 946 yards and four touchdowns.The year he was forced to sit out may have hurt him a little bit in his transition, but Hurd is an offensive weapon no matter where you line him up.ProsAt 6’4” and 230 lbs, Hurd is already the prototypical size you want in a receiver. His has natural ability to catch with his hands rather than his body which helped his transition move a little faster.He has zero fear about making catches in traffic despite knowing a defender is there to blow him up and he will be a dominant jump-ball receiver after a little time.Tons of raw athletic ability and has the drive to become a very good, very solid contributer with the proper coaching and continued development.ConsRaw. Very raw. He’s going to be somewhat of a project so whatever team takes him has to have a strong staff in place and has to consider him a luxury rather than a need. Hurd still has a ot of work to do as far as his route running ability and expanding his route tree. NFL corners will chew him up and spit him out if he doesn’t get better with his running ability in a hurry.If he wants to get on the field as a receiver in the NFL, he’s going to have to put a ton of work into run blocking of which he has done little to none. It’s a big part of being a receiver and he hasn’t exactly shown the willingness to do so.Why The Buccaneers Need HimQuite frankly, they don’t - which is exactly why he may be drafted. Remember, this guy is going to be a project and need to go somewhere that he’s a luxury and with a solid staff in place to develop him. That’s the Bucs.Hurd can develop into an insane red zone threat as well as provide yet another mismatch for opposing defenses if he can get his route running down. He has a long way to go, but could begin contributing to this team on a consistent basis by mid-season.They have the speed guy in Perriman, but haven’t replaced the production of Humphries yet. Hurd could easily develop into that player.Will It Happen?If Hurd is still sitting around come day three, I can absolutely see this being a target for the Bucs. Looking at addressing needs on days one and two, the Bucs could look at Hurd if he’s there at the start of the fourth. Bring him along, develop him Mike Edwards Jersey , crisp up those routes, and have a plethora of massive receivers that can make plays from any spot on the field. The Buccaneers badly need help at right guard. Might they be interested in signing a former top-15 pick to fill that gap?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmFree Agent Spotlight: G D.J. FlukerNew,5commentsThe Buccaneers badly need help at right guard. Might they be interested in signing a former top-15 pick to fill that gap?ESTShareTweetShareShareFree Agent Spotlight: G D.J. FlukerJerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThere’s been a lot of talk about what the Buccaneers might do to fix their defense in the coming weeks and months. Another big topic of conversation has been on the other side of the ball, particularly in the trenches. Tampa Bay surely needs to make an addition or two (or three?) to its offensive line through free agency and the draft.As of now, the Bucs appear to have at least three of the five spots on the line filled out. Ryan Jensen will be back at center, Ali Marpet is still at left guard and the recently re-signed Donovan Smith will occupy the left tackle position. That leaves the right side of the line open. Demar Dotson could presumably still be the guy at right tackle, though the team is going to have to find his replacement sooner rather than later. That leaves one glaring hole. The right guard spot was a problem in 2018, and while Caleb Benenoch is still around, it has been decided that he will be moving to play tackle rather than guard. So, the Bucs need someone to fill that guard position.As we continue our free agent spotlight series, we take a look at a potential answer to that right guard problem: veteran D.J. Fluker.D.J. Fluker’s Career After being the starting right tackle for three years at Alabama, Fluker entered the 2013 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Chargers with the 11th overall pick, becoming the fourth Crimson Tide offensive lineman in five years to be drafted in the first round. As a rookie, he started 15 games and was selected to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team. Then, after starting all 16 games in 2014, he moved from right tackle to right guard in 2015.Fluker started 12 games in 2015 and 16 in 2016 before being released by the Chargers in March of 2017. His option for 2017 had been previously picked up by the team, but before his money became guaranteed, he was let go.Fluker signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Giants for the 2017 season. He played in nine games (six starts) before landing on injured reserve in November. He got a one-year Mike Edwards Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , $1.5 million deal from the Seahawks in 2018. With Seattle, he started nine games at right guard. Late in the season, he missed time with a hamstring injury. Why The Buccaneers Need HimAs referenced above, the Bucs have a huge need at right guard. Alex Cappa could be a potential answer in his second NFL season, but the team is unlikely to fully give him the nod before seeing whether or not he has made significant strides from his rookie year. That kind of situation sounds like one that would call for a plug-and-play veteran that has flexibility to play multiple positions. If Fluker needs to step in at guard for Cappa, that would work. But if Cappa is holding down his spot, Fluker might be a good guy to have behind Dotson. There are a number of possibilities the Bucs could have with a player like the 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker.How Much Will Fluker Cost?When free agency opens up on March 13, Fluker will be celebrating his 28th birthday. A 28-year-old with somewhat of an injury history probably isn’t going to command all that much money or a lengthy deal. Especially considering his last two contracts have been cheap one-year deals and he hasn’t played a full season since 2016, he is likely to get another short-term contract in 2019. His 2018 deal was worth $1.5 million, so somewhere between that and his 2017 deal’s total of $3 million seems reasonable. Will It Happen?This feels like a realistic option for Tampa Bay. On the Seahawks’ 247Sports site, Derek Lewis said Fluker seemed “indispensable” while he was healthy in 2018. There’s clearly talent still there for the Alabama product, but he probably hasn’t shown enough consistency to get a big deal anywhere. His injury issues have never been overly significant, but he has dealt with nagging issues here and there. For what the Bucs need, he makes sense. Tampa Bay doesn’t have a significant amount of cap space to work with, so filling some needs with cheap veterans would be a smart course of action. Signing Fluker and having a combination of him and Cappa at right guard would allow the team to spend its early picks in the draft on defense. A guard could still be selected in the mid-to-late rounds to complement what already exists on the roster, but for 2019, Fluker could be a good transitional option for the offensive line.
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