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Bucs work out Joe Hills from AFL in an effort to address lack of depth at wide receiver


With wide receivers Cecil Shorts and Adam Humphries sidelined with injuries, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working out Joe Hills from the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Prior to joining the Jacksonville Sharks, he played college football at South Carolina from 2007-2008 before transferring to Tennessee State. The Palmetto, Florida native was invited to the Tennessee Titans training camp as a free agent out of college back in 2011, but Hills unfortunately suffered and ankle injury during camp which prevented him from making the final roster. After that, he spent time with the Spokane Shock, Tampa Bay Storm, Carolina Panthers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Pittsburgh Power before rejoining the Sharks in December of 2014.
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Hills had a successful campaign during his time in Jacksonville. He was named a Second Team All-Arena selection in 2015 and had a phenomenal year with the Sharks this past season as well, finishing with 161 catches for 2020 yards and a team record 58 touchdowns. He was also awarded 1st team All-Arena honors and named Offensive Player of the Year.

If the 6-foot-4, 220 pound wideout is signed by the Bucs, he will join a receiving corps that could certainly use his services. With Shorts and Humphries out, Tampa Bay is down to just Mike Evans, Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino right now. Therefore, the team is in desperate need of someone who can join the Buccaneers’ receiving corps.

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