CINCINNATI OH - AUGUST 15: Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks for room after catching a pass during the preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on August 15 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bengals won 33-24. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Only days after being waived by the Cincinnati Bengals, former Longhorn wide receiver Jordan Shipley has found a new home when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were awarded their waiver claim on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Shefter.
Given the strong start to Shipley's career (he led the AFC in rookie receiving yards in 2010), it wasn't surprising to see at least one team put in a claim for him on the waiver wire. However, there was some question about whether a team would take a chance on him since he's still not fully healthy from the ACL injury that ended his second season in the second week of play.
The guess here is that the Bucs are willing to wait on him to get healthy in hopes of strong returns down the road, when Shipley's knee gets stronger and he's able to recover the burst that made him so effective as a slot receiver during his rookie season.
The Bucs currently feature big targets like Arrelious Been and Vincent Jackson on the outside, but in looking at the roster, it seems that they do lack a true slot receiver, with compact veteran Sammie Stroughter the only experienced player who fits the ball there in terms of size -- Shipley should have a serious chance of sticking there and providing the Bucs with a skillset they don't currently have on the team.