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Shipley feels "terrible" about fumbling punt Sunday

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September

Amidst the Bucs receiver shuffling last week, they had re-signed WR Jordan Shipley, with the idea he could help them in the punt return game.

Shipley stepped into the special teams role left by WR Sammie Stroughter, who was put on injured reserve with a right foot injury, and was excited for the chance since he's loved returning punts since his days at the University of Texas.

But Shipley was admittedly disappointed with how his debut went Sunday, fumbling a punt in the middle of the second quarter. Dallas recovered and kicked the go-ahead field goal to make it 10-7.

"I just didn't follow it all the way in," Shipley said Monday. "It's something I've ever really had a problem with, so I feel terrible about it. There's nothing I can really do about it but learn from it and move on."

Shipley had three attempts in punt returns Sunday, for 10 yards, including a nine-yard return. He's hoping he gets another chance Sunday against the Redskins.

"I'll do whatever I can to help the team win," Shipley said. "Obviously I don't feel like I did that this week. But I feel like it's something I can do."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

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