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Bucs awarded WR Shipley following his release from Bengals

Posted Aug 20, 2012 by Roy Cummings

Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 04:51 PM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been awarded former University of Texas and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who was placed on waivers on Friday by the Bengals.

Shipley was a third-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2010, but he missed all but the first two weeks of 2011 season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in left knee in a game last Sept. 18.

Shipley was the Bengals starting slot receiver at the time of his injury and was coming off a solid rookie season in which he caught 52 passes for 600 yards and three touchdowns.

A consensus All America for Texas in 2009, Shipley was not cleared to begin practice at training camp this year until July 30, but he did appear in two preseason games, making one catch for 4 yards, prior to being released.

Reports out of the Bengals camp said Shipley struggled during camp this year to display good burst off the line of scrimmage and lacked explosiveness in his pass routes.

“He did everything in his power to get right and is still getting right,” Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden told Bengals reporters. “He still has a little bit of a lingering effect in his mind, but I think that will be eliminated shortly.’’

Gruden added that improved depth at the wide receiver position made the Bengals feel comfortable about letting Shipley go at this time.

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