All those scenes he seemed to have way more passion than anyone else in the Buccs huddle/lockerooms. I wouldn't go as far to say its anywhere near a Steve Smith level , but its something our team is desperately missing from the WR group at least. KB and Funchess play around sometimes but neither seem like leaders or seem to be very vocal in game . We just didn't have any WR with that alpha male personality and I'm hoping Shepard and Samuel bring it .
I think there should be an open competition for WR #2 . Samuel and McCaffrey are going to be in the slot alot I'm guessing. I could see Shepard winning #2 or at least becoming like you say essentially a Philly Brown type player where he's the first WR coming off the bench in most situations.