New Bucs WR Josh Huff working for second chance, coach says
Receiver Josh Huff, signed to the Bucs' practice squad Monday, is coming off an arrest last week on gun and marijuana charges that led to his being waived by the Eagles, but his former college coach at Oregon said Huff has the work ethic to make the most of a second chance in Tampa Bay.
"Obviously he's made a couple mistakes here that he's working to improve upon ... he's always worked his tail off," said Mark Helfrich, who worked with Huff first as offensive coordinator and then as the Ducks' head coach. "Other than that, I think it's hard to say at this point."
Oregon went 47-6 in Huff's four years there, and he had 12 touchdown passes and 1,140 receiving yards as a senior before he was drafted in the third round by the Eagles and his former coach Chip Kelly. He's had two kickoff returns for touchdowns in his three NFL seasons, matching the most in the league since the start of 2014, and Helfrich said his versatility was a strength.
"Josh is an extremely dynamic guy, a guy that played quarterback in high school and has a skill set where he probably played every position for us at some point: tailback, quarterback and all the wideout spots," Helfrich said. "He's a unique guy that way."
Helfrich and Bucs coach Dirk Koetter have a long history together -- Helfrich was a grad assistant under Koetter at Oregon in 1997, then moved with him as quarterbacks coach when Koetter was a head coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05).
"Hugely impactful -- he's a really, really intelligent guy, extremely detailed in his preparation," Helfrich said of Koetter. "He was an incredible mentor to me in a lot of ways and still continues to this day. We owe him a ton for what's happened in our life."
Helfrich, who is 36-14 in four seasons at Oregon but just 3-6 this year, said he's still kept in touch with Koetter, and that the Bucs coach reached out to him about Huff but the two couldn't connect due to their busy schedules.