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In final minute of preseason, Bernard Reedy cherishes TD catch

Bernard Reedy had the only touchdown of the night for the Bucs.


Bernard Reedy had the only touchdown of the night for the Bucs.



The football rested in the top left corner of his locker, caught for a touchdown in the final minute of the final game of the Bucs' preseason.

Bernard Reedy's future with the Bucs is very much up in the air, battling for the fifth and likely final receiver job on the 53-man roster as the team cuts from 75 to 53 plays in the next three days. He went out strong, catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin with 0:57 left.

Reedy gave credit to fellow receiver Jonathan Krause, who cleared out a defender as he ran a route from next to Reedy to free him up for the catch.

"With Jonathan Krause as my assist man, he really gets most of the credit," Reedy said. "Without him, there's no play. That was my first touchdown."

Reedy had the only touchdown of the night for the Bucs, which stands out among several receivers battling to land a spot on the roster. Kenny Bell had only one catch and left with a concussion, Evan Spencer had three catches for 27 yards, and Freddie Martino, who didn't have any catches until the fourth quarter, finished with six for 65 yards.

Asked if he had done enough to earn a roster spot, he said that's up to the Bucs' front office to decide, and even higher powers.

"I would hope so," he said. "But that's not up to me. I leave that in God's hands. That's who controls my destiny."

Reedy, who went to Lakewood High in St. Petersburg, said the thrill of catching a touchdown so close to home was a great feeling.

"I've always been a fan since I was growing up. To be right across the bridge from St. Pete, it's only a 30-minute drive. It isn't too bad," he said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 11:47am]


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