There was never a more tenuous position on the Buccaneers initial 53-man roster than the one Evan Spencer held for all of about two days as the team’s fifth wide receiver.
Though he showed some flashes here and there during the preseason, Spencer more or less won that job by default, the result at least in part due to injuries further up the depth chart.
Spencer was always going to last only as long as it took for the Bucs to find someone a little better and more experienced, which they did on Monday when they signed six-year veteran Cecil Shorts.
Shorts is a reliable pass catcher, one who has started 29 of the 37 games he’s played in the last three years and he’s no stranger to Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter.
Koetter was the Jaguars offensive coordinator when the Jaguars grabbed Shorts with their fourth round pick in the 2011 Draft, so he should have a good idea of how to make use of Shorts versatility.
In addition to being able to play quarterback – he completed the only pass he threw for 21 yards last year – Shorts can also return kicks, which is something else the Bucs need.
The Bucs were still unsure of who their kicker returner would be as late as Monday but in Shorts they appear to have found a player that can fill several roles.