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Recently-signed WR Yamon Figurs hopes to make impact



In WR Yamon Figurs made enough of an impression in Tuesday's tryout that he got signed by the Bucs, and it helped he had a familiar face, former Kansas State teammate Josh Freeman, throwing him the ball.

"He's gotten better, too," Figurs said. "He's got a stronger arm from what I've seen.''

Figurs said he's just trying to get acclimated to the offense, and hopes to contribute, whether that's as a receiver, or in the return game.

"Basically, the offense is universal," he said. "It's just getting used to the terminology, putting it into words that I know how to use. I'm in the playbook now and I'm trying to be in there the whole time."

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Figurs could make an immediate impact.

“He can- he has elite speed which we know from Kansas State," Morris said. "Josh Freeman is very familiar with him. He came out yesterday, did a great job in the workout. We wanted to get a fast receiver in here that brought a different element than what we had. He came out here. He has a great job this week. He’s going to simulate Steve Smith for a little bit, some of that speed you can’t necessarily simulate. He gives your starting defensive backs a look at real big time speed like a DeSean Jackson, which we played, and a [Jeremy] Maclin that we played. You can’t simulate in practice with just anybody. He may be able to help us and may be a contributor and he definitely can play special teams and all those things as well.”


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