The 1976 Expansion Buccaneer Wide Receivers |
At least the 1976 Bucs found their two starting receivers through the 1978 season in Morris Owens and JK McKay. The rest of the receivers were a really non-descript bunch who dropped more balls than they caught for the team.
|84||Richard Appleby||4th round pick who never played in the NFL. Started for three seasons in college having switched from tight end and also threw an 80-yard option pass to win a key game
||84||Freddie Douglas||Signed at mid-season and played in the final seven games but only had three receptions for the 1976 Buccaneers.|
|1|| ||Isaac Hagins||Only played in the first game before going on IR but spent five seasons with the Buccaneers as a KR and WR.
||87||Kent Gaydos||Played in the first pre-season game in Los Angeles having originally been a 12th round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1972
|81||Rick Jennings||Signed to the roster late in the season but was inactive for both games and hence never set foot on the field as a Buccaneer. Played for San Francisco and Oakland in the NFL.
||83|| ||Curtis Leak||Was inactive for just the Oakland game at the end of the 1976 season but that was the sum total of his NFL career. Now more well known for being former Gator QB CJ Leak's father. |
|Willie McGee||Was selected in the expansion draft but was a Buc for no more than a day as he was part of the trade with the San Francisco 49ers that brought QB Steve Spurrier to Tampa.
||83|| ||Lee McGriff||Started three of the six games he played for the 1976 Bucs and yet never caught a single pass. Threw one though.|
|89||John McKay Jr||Son of the coach but still played in Tampa for three seasons. Was the first player ever introduced to the Tampa crowd.
||80|| ||Louis Neal||Had played 15 games with the Atlanta Falcons in 1973/74 but did not make the Tampa team having signed as a free agent.|
|85||Morris Owens||The Bucs' leading receiving threat over their first four seasons. Claimed on waivers from Miami before Week 4.
||23|| ||George Ragsdale||Was a 12th round pick in 1976 and was initially a receiver. On IR all of that first season but did play three years in Tampa.|
|1|| ||Carl Roaches||Drafted in the 14th round but did not make an NFL team until 1980 when he became a punt returner with the Houston Oilers.
||88||Barry Smith||Former first round pick of the Packers who played the entire 1976 season with the Bucs but just four receptions.|
|81|| ||Don Westbrook||His one moment on the NFL Films presentation of the 1976 season was dropping an easy pass during training camp.
||85||Wayne Wheeler||Journeyman receiver who came to the Bucs as a free agent but did not make the team out of training camp.|
|89|| ||Lawrence Williams||Drafted by the Patriots in 1975 but despite being involved with three teams that year, never actually appeared in the NFL.
||85||Joe Wylie||Undrafted free agent who played in the three final pre-season games for the 1976 Buccaneers but did not make the roster. Never played in the NFL. |