Buccaneers giving WR Jordan Shipley a chance

Jordan Shipley has some catching up to do.

”It’s a totally different system as far as terminology,” the

wide receiver said Tuesday after his first workout with the Tampa

Bay Buccaneers. ”I’m going to have a busy night tonight and the

next several days, just learning everything.”

The former Texas star might have to learn quickly just to make

the roster of the Bucs, who claimed him off waivers Monday. Shipley

will have two ways to impress the coaching staff – as a slot

receiver and as a punt returner.

”I got a phone call yesterday and I’m practicing this

morning,” he said four days after the Bengals placed him on

waivers. ”It’s a pretty quick turnaround and I’m just excited to

be down here playing football.”

Shipley was the AFC’s leading rookie receiver in 2010 with 52

catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns. After being drafted in

the third round, he was Cincinnati’s No. 3 receiver behind Terrell

Owens and Chad Ochocinco. But his second NFL season ended in the

Bengals’ second game when he tore ligaments in his left knee.

After surgery and a couple of weeks in the Bengals’ training

camp, Shipley says he is ”full-go right now.”

”It’s one of those deals where I spend extra time warming it up

and I will be icing it afterwards. It feels good, ready to go,” he

said of his knee. ”I am honestly not sure what (the Bengals’)

thought process was. I’m just glad to be in Tampa. I think this is

a team where there is a lot of discipline going on, and this team

is going to get better and better.”

Coach Greg Schiano said claiming Shipley was not in response to

a need.

”It’s just if you have a chance to investigate a player that

you liked, you do it,” he said. ”Now is a time when we can do


Shipley ran back punts at Texas, where he also set records for

career receptions (248), receptions in a season (116) and touchdown

catches in a season (13). But after returning a punt 63 yards in

his first preseason game with the Bengals, Shipley has yet to

return a punt in an NFL regular-season game.

”I love punt returns,” he said. ”Any chance to get out there,

I will go out there.”

NOTES: The Bucs will have joint practice sessions with the New

England Patriots on Wednesday and Thursday mornings before they

play against each other in Friday night’s preseason game. ”They’ve

been the most consistent team in the league, and so of course it’s

going to make us better,” said guard Davin Joseph. … While

insisting it would be unfair to compare rookie running back Doug

Martin to Baltimore’s Ray Rice, Schiano went ahead and did it. ”I

haven’t had a guy like him since Ray (at Rutgers),” Schiano said.

”He’s got some skills that are similar. I don’t think it’s fair to

compare him to Ray, but sometimes I look at him and go: `I remember

that feeling. That looked good.”’