After having the oldest roster in the league last season, the Bucks’ goal this offseason was to get younger and faster. As free agency and the recent NFL Draft have shown, teams have achieved this goal with the players they bring in.
As of May, the team has only five players over the age of 30, but finished last season with 15. This is especially true at the wide receiver position.
Veterans Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage remain, but behind them the depth chart is flooded with young wideouts hoping to step up and surface with the Bucks. new look offense.
Julio Jones, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller have all left the team, but the Bucks joined the Falcons this offseason and will meet twice a year. Deven Thompkins and Kaylon Geiger will return instead. Also on board is Trey Palmer, his sixth-round pick for the Bucks from Nebraska.
Trey Palmer has grown through his career at LSU’s Nebraska University
Trey Palmer came to Tampa Bay after the 2022 season in Nebraska and emerged as the Cornhuskers’ top offensive threat. He paced the team with 71 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. Palmer became his second Nebraska receiver to record 1,000 yards in a season. His biggest fight was against Purdue in October, when he had 297 yards of scrimmage (237 yards receiving, 60 yards rushing).
His nine touchdowns accounted for more than 25% of the team’s total, and the next-highest receiver had 471 yards on 31 receptions. Nebraska went 4-8 last year, but his only season was truly his No. 1 option, with no chance of making it to LSU.
Palmer spent 2019-2021 at the Bayou, with the Tigers in a receiver room featuring Jamar Chase, Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Kasion Butte. In 2019, Chase, Jefferson and Marshall Jr. were the top three options for Joe His Burrow on a team that won the national championship with a 15-0 record.
As a result, he had only one catch for 6 yards that season, and in the years that followed he failed to make a significant impact. made it possible to bring the championship culture to
“I was really just trying to help the team win, helping everyone around me to be better and do their job. [lead] Not only to speak, but by example,” Palmer said after being captured by the Bucks. “I really think he brought the LSU culture to Nebraska and they embraced them and they embraced me. It really took off from there.”
After playing alongside two of the best receivers in the NFL right now, Palmer has taken away what it means to be the best.
“It helped me practice like a pro. [those] We all practice like pros,” Palmer said. “They taught me how to do things, how to learn things. [those] Also teach me how to practice like a pro. ”
Can Trey Palmer contribute to the return game?
What does the addition of Palmer mean for the Bucks’ receiving room next season? Well, it means they’ve got a burner with some interesting abilities. One Keith Armstrong hinted last season that he has a spot in the return game, an area helmed by Deben Tompkins.
“Oh, he’ll get a chance,” Armstrong said of Palmer’s chances of returning kicks. 2019) and Kickoff (2020) brought home. With his experience and his 4.33 speed, it’s easy to see why Armstrong was bullish on his skill set. What else will he bring to the table?
“Size – he’s a good size,” added Armstrong. “I think he’s an aggressive guy – he can be physical. What I try to do is help him with how to set up blocks and how to play football without penalties. Sometimes you can hear me say “the rooster is loose”. On the other hand, players can react and start blocking if they sense what the guy likes to do. ”
Hopefully no roosters let loose and it could start with Palmer rapidly developing as a return option.
Trey Palmer has a chance to emerge as Bucks’ WR No. 4
The biggest question is whether Palmer can grab the fourth spot in the receiver room. The role to play may not seem all that important, but the team is considering replacing production of the aforementioned receiver. Done and the depth chart has never been above the top 3.
What all three had in common was that they were a serious threat throughout their careers. John Spytek, vice president of player personnel, didn’t want to make comparisons, but praised Palmer’s ability to track and catch the field.
“It’s a rare talent,” Spytech said after the draft. “The best person I’ve been around was DeShawn Jackson. I mean, it was at an elite level that people don’t think you’ll understand, not knowing exactly where he’s going to end up. Hmm… Trey has a long way to go to be DeSean Jackson I hope he gets there one day but he has a sense when he’s vertical and he can find the ball down the field and This is true when running at people or especially when passing people.
“The fact that he’s done all his long touchdowns and seen them succeed while sprinting down the field shows that he can do it. The stats prove it.”
He could do well in the role, especially if he does well in the OTAs later this month in the offseason, training camp, and preseason. His main competitors are Tompkins and Geiger, who are trying to prove themselves. Tompkins has just five career receptions and Geiger has nine all-time offensive snaps, stats yet to be recorded.
Spytek added how Palmer could be a playmaker.
Spytek said after the draft, “Look at 4.34. That’s nice, but he’s taken it.” I think I heard it on TV, he always went over 1,000 yards in school where he never threw a 1-ton ball.
“He plays the field and when he walks the field the defense has to know it and account for it.”
It’s still months away before his role is fully finalized, but Bucks fans should know what kind of guy they’re getting. made it sweet When speaking to local media first time.
“[They’re getting] A dog,” said Palmer.