Bucs sign former Toledo standout Eric Page
Coming undrafted out of University of Toledo in 2012, Eric Page still drew interest from team who saw talent in the Tornedo Rocket’s all-time receiver. Initially last year, Eric Page strongly suggested he would sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and even acknowledged the news through Twitter. However, when the time came, Eric Page surprised lots of fans by signing with the Denver Broncos instead.
Still his rookie season was lost as Eric Page suffered an ACL injury before the start of the Denver Broncos training camp and required surgery. Eric Page was promptly released by the Denver Broncos and remained unsigned by any other team throughout the 2012 season.
Now, Eric Page gets a second chance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His main competition at training camp will be from David Douglas, Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu as well as recently signed free agents Kevin Ogletree and Smith – all of whom are aiming for the third receiver job. The sheer number of wide receivers headed to offseason workouts suggests that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely won’t select a receiver high in the 2013 NFL draft.
Though standing at 5-10, 186 pounds, Eric Page is a diminutive receiver, he has a good straight-line speed, capable of bursting into quick sprints which should help him to play the middle of the field as an underneath receiver.
Eric Page wins additional points for his ability as a kick and punt returner – positions where he received Mid-American Conference honors. As it happens, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have any reliable returners at the moment.
The 21-year-old Eric Page had a highly productive college career, catching 304 passes for 3,276 yards and 25 touchdowns during three years at Toledo. He decided to enter the draft a year early and was earlier on considered a draft prospect, but it didn’t happen so.