The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed their wide receiver issues (or, at the very least, attempted to address those issues) in the draft: taking Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. Williams and Benn are both quite talented: whether they work out in the long run, of course, is yet to be determined.
But it sure does seem like they're going to get a chance to play -- Williams, in particular, is getting run with the starters after a "dynamic" offseason for the Bucs. Sayeth head coach Raheem Morris:
"He's a big, tall, fast guy who can go out there and make plays, and right now he's running with the ones. So he'll have an opportunity to go out there and prove himself in the preseason. Depth charts don't come out until we play Cleveland (the first regular-season game). But right now, he's running with the ones (first team), and he's having a ball and his teammates are having a ball with him."
Morris also pointed to Sammie Stroughter as a guy who'll spend some time at the "X position" and cautioned that it wasn't fair to compare Williams to Benn, at least in the sense of Benn being drafted first (and therefore having theoretically higher expectations).
Williams is an interesting case, because he has tons of talent, obviously. But he quit the Syracuse team in 2009 when it appeared he might be suspended ... following his suspension for the entire 2008 season.
As Sean Keeley said this morniing , if you're a Syracuse fan, you should go ahead and prepare yourself for a discussion of "misunderstandings" while he was at Syracuse. If you're a Bucs fan, well, you'll probably end up being a little bit less upset, provided Williams can keep his head on straight and handle the pressures of being a starting rookie wide receiver in the NFL.
Since, well, you go ahead and look at that roster and tell me who's beating him out for the job. In all seriousness, though, Williams and Benn are a pair of guys that, if they pan out the way Tampa hopes they will, could form with Josh Freeman to create a pretty formidable offensive core.
-- Will Brinson
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