Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Kade Warner is preparing for training camp with a chip on his shoulder after going undrafted out of college.
Warner, the son of NFL Legend Kurt Warnerhe was signed by the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent after going undrafted in the 2023 NFL Draft.
And he’s taking notes of every perceived slight.
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«I take everything personally,» Warner said, via the Pewter Report. «As I was saying, of that undrafted, that walking mentality, every little thing. For example, if the coaches pick someone else before me, I write it down, if someone gets more reps than me on this run, I write it down. It’s like that chip on your shoulder. I think that expression is said a lot, so I don’t like to say it, but I take it all personally.»
Warner will have to earn his spot on the 53-man roster, which won’t be an easy task with a core receiver in Tampa Bay consisting of mike evansChris Godwin and Russell Gage.
«So, I’m competitive like that, and I’m the smartest receiver in this draft class,» Warner said. «I’ve said it before. They’re going to get me a good slot receiver, and I’m going to know exactly what to do on every play.»
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The Bucs are entering the first year without tom brady after the seven-time Super Bowl champion called it quits for good in February.
Tampa Bay came out and signed the first overall pick of 2018 mayfield baker in March, who will compete with third-year quarterback Kyle Trask for the starting job.
«It gives us competition,» Bowles said in March of Mayfield’s addition, according to NFL.com. «It gives us another warrior. It gives us a guy who’s been to the playoffs before. At least you’ve got a proven guy, someone to compete with Kyle who’s still going to make sure we haven’t fallen too far.»
Bowles also praised Warner, hinting at a special role on the team for the wide receiver.
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«[He’s] a solid football player,» Bowles said after Warner’s first practice, according to ESPN. «He can catch the ball, he can play special teams, he can do a lot of things that we need, and we’re always looking for special teams. players».
«[He’s] trainable, very trainable, [and] fundamentally sound, it seemed in individual drills,” Bowles said. «One day it’s hard to measure, so we’ll see how it progresses from there.»
Warner spent the first three years of his career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers before transferring to the state of Kansas.
In his senior season, Warner experienced his best year, catching 46 passes for 456 yards and five touchdowns.