Bucs 2010 Wide Receivers Preview

Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiving Corps. Now entering “Beast Mode”. For a moment, let me get ahead of myself. Before knowing the exact 5-7 receivers that shall make up the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiving corps, I will attempt to give them a name. They shall be called Buc Wild, Buc Nasty, Four Score, the Bay Area Bad Boys, the Wrecking Crew, Cannon Force, or Lunch Pail Gang. What do you guys think?

IN THIS CORNER, YOUR NUMBER 1 RECEIVER!

Mike Williams is making people forget about the other wideout Mike Williams. Ironically, they both had character concerns, this Mike Williams’ was a silly curfew violation. Not surprisingly, GMs have overreacted and painted all receivers with any sort of concerns with a broad stroke, resulting in that Mike Williams being a 1st round pick and this one being off 25 team’s boards and getting stolen into a great situation by the Bucs. Just watching footage of him at Syracuse, he has big-time hands, strength, speed and body control. Essentially a T.O. in his prime with a shorter stride and a better attitude. He’s put in the extra work with Josh Freeman and I have no doubt that he will live up to and maybe exceed all these stratospheric expectations.

THE CONTENDERS:

Arrelious Benn, an absolutely ripped receiver with the work ethic, cuts and low center of gravity of an Anquan Boldin. I actually had him ranked above Dez Bryant due to pro-readiness coming out of college where he was hampered by injuries and playing with the legendary Juice Williams at Illinois. This guy would have gone in the first round had he played in almost any other school, he has been putting on a route-running clinic according to Old School from What The Buc?. In a west coast offense that has thus far proudly displayed a lot of slants and screens, I expect a lot of receptions for this guy and, whether or not he lands the #2 spot, he will likely be on the field in a lot of 3WR sets.

A video featuring both Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams (the music is kinda lame, so I put that on mute and pop in some of the Burial (new album “The Winepress” out August 17th) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3yUmAGkpes

Reggie Brown, in his first year as a Buc coming over from the Eagles, has the most experience of the group. He knows the West Coast offense, being from Andy Reid’s system. I think this team might need a savvy, veteran to get open on some third downs this year. There are some coverages and some corners that a young Buc might struggle with in the slot.

Sammie Stroughter is perhaps not as well-rounded as Reggie Brown but he does have speed. If the Bucs opt not to keep Clifton Smith or Kareem Huggins, they should look to use Stroughter on both special teams and the deep passing game. His Buc record 97-yard yard kickoff return for a touchdown: http://www.nfl.com/videos/tampa-bay-buccaneers/09000d5d8137e3dc/Stroughter-97-yard-TD-kickoff-return .

Michael Clayton, recipient of one of the most absurd wide receiver contracts in NFL history, has had a lot of drops and injuries both before and after the contract, even having some drops in training camp this year. Despite all the inexperience at quarterback, Clayton went over 1 reception in a game just once after week 2. He’s physical and could still create some mismatches as a 3rd or 4th receiver if healthy. It’s hard to believe he’s the only receiver on this squad with a 1000 yard season, but it’s hard to believe that will last long with the way Freeman is connecting with Williams.

At 6’5 and 220 pounds, Maurice Stovall looks to be a major special teams contributor again. I think at the point in his career, though, he needs to get a good solid 15-20 targets in the red zone because, with this much talent on the corps, they need to show a lot more than just special teams. There’s no reason a guy this big can’t get off the line and command a second defender in the red zone.

At 6’6 and 232 pounds, Mario Urrutia would further add to the nastiness of this receiving corps has missed important reps in training camp with injury.


Also at camp, for the time being: Michael Spurlock, Terrence Nunn and rookies Preston Parker (pictured above) and Chris Brooks.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Who could leave out the tight ends from this corps? Keeping with the hardcore image of the receivers, Kellen Winslow has overcome major adversity in his career, including a motorcycle accident and staph infection as a Brown. He’s a great example of a hybrid blocking-receiving back and 6’7 Jerramy Stevens has excellent size, leaping ability and reach.

ANALYSIS: I’d like to see, not only a lot of the other receivers than Mike Williams, but a lot of different groupings of them. Blocking shouldn’t be a major factor, as I expect Greg Olson’s offense to become pass-dominated by year’s end. You would expect nothing less playing in the same division as New Orleans. There are so many athletic receivers, I want all of them to get a chance in the four games. This is a position to watch starting for the preseason in Miami August 14th and, once they really start clicking with Freeman, a position of strength.


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