Kenny Bell didn't get the opportunity to show much of anything as a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a hamstring injury cut his season short before it even began. Entering his second season in the league, Bell has been pegged by Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com as one of five players with plenty to gain this offseason.
Bell spent the 2015 season on injured reserve, but was ever-present, according to Smith, at practices and meetings while recovering from injury. For now, Bell sits at the bottom of Tampa Bay's wide receiver depth chart. "I know he's hungry," said head coach Dirk Koetter. "He was around all the time last year. He was in the meetings. He's a sharp guy. But he's starting off behind Adam [Humphries] and DD (Donteea Dye) right now, because those guys, just by being able to hang in there, they got a lot of playing time. But Kenny's definitely got a shot."
As Smith notes, Tampa Bay's WR depth chart is a bit unsettled after starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. So, Bell certainly has a chance to move ahead of fellow second-year players Humphries and Dye, although they both saw extensive time in Koetter's offense last season. While Bell was able to get acquainted with the offense during rehab, he will have to put that knowledge into effect on the field in the coming weeks to make an impact this season.
Bell looked sharp in preseason practices last offseason and appeared to be living up to his billing as a fifth-round "steal" in the draft. If he can once again display strong route running and great speed, he could possibly push fellow WR Louis Murphy, who is returning from an injury of his own, for the No. 3 spot in Tampa Bay's offense.