Aug 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jordan Shipley (84) runs through a tackle by Washington Redskins defensive back DeJon Gomes (24) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Jordan Shipley, after releasing Derek Hardman yesterday. Shipley spent the final two weeks of the preseason with the Buccaneers, but didn't make the team as Sammie Stroughter and Preston Parker were ahead of him for the position of slot receiver. Neither Parker nor Stroughter has done much through the first two games of the season, however.
More importantly, it appears that Parker sustained a foot injury during that game, as Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times offers that up as an explanation for the signing of Shipley. An interesting explanation, because this is the first we've heard of any injury to Parker - although this is hardly the first time the Greg Schiano regime has been secretive about injuries. Jordan Shipley's return may add some juice to another position as well: that of punt returner, where the Bucs have gotten nothing done so far.
In addition, the Bucs signed DE D.J. Bryant to their practice squad.