Robert Herron’s making a case for sticking around

There was some talk about Buccaneers wide receiver Robert Herron contributing to the Buccaneers offense as a rookie last season. Many were hopeful given his potential — including this guy suggesting he’d be a factor often throughout 2014. 

That was not the case.

Herron’s biggest problem — in mini camp, training camp, preseason and regular season — was not catching the football. However, this training camp has seen something different and that is the second-year wide receiver has rarely dropped a pass.

Head coach Lovie Smith talked about Herron’s progress in Year 2.

“Robert has excellent speed and quickness, you notice that right away. He’s had nagging injuries but he’s out there making plays,” Smith said. “[Thursday] he had a couple great plays. He’s a good slot player – it’s a tough combination when you’re not quick and fast (on defense). In the past maybe you’d like for him to hold on to a few more balls, but that’s what he’s doing. Again, second year anywhere, in the system – whatever – you should see marked improvement and we’re seeing that with Robert.”

Tampa Bay’s group of wide receivers is a crowded one. Rookie Kenny Bell seems to have already a cemented chemistry with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston as well as Rannell Hall. Factor in Veterans Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphy, and the return of Mike Evans, Herron will have to continue to work hard in his efforts to make the roster this season.

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