Which Tampa Bay Buccaneer Is Having the Worst Training Camp?
Every Buccaneers player came into camp with a fresh start—a clean slate, if you will.
That is one of the benefits of having a new head coach patrolling the sidelines and calling the shots—his allegiance is pledged solely on fielding the players that give his team the best chance for success.
Which means previous success or failure does not matter. If you can play, you'll stay. If you don't, you won't.
So, with fresh slates and equal opportunity to land a gig in the NFL, which Buccaneer has struggled to fully seize his opportunity? That is, who is most at risk of sliding down the depth chart or worse yet, seeking alternative employment in the near future?
Receiver Arrelious Benn was expected to compete with both Mike Williams and Preston Parker for an increased role in the newly installed offense, but an unfortunate knee injury has prohibited Benn from participating since July 27.
Further complicating matters is the fact that the receiver position is stacked with talented alternatives who, adding insult to injury (pun intended), have performed very well in Benn's absence.
Guys like Parker and newcomer Tiquan Underwood have not only filled-in, but have done remarkably well given the increased reps that they are receiving in practice and in their first preseason action last Friday.
How badly will Benn's injury impact his depth chart position?
Not to mention other receivers like Ed Gant, Wallace Wright and the scrappy Sammie Stroughter.
In other words, the competition is stiff.
And while I am certainly not advocating that Benn should rush back, as I mentioned earlier, Coach Schiano is paid to position this team to success—nothing more, nothing less.
Meaning, if Benn—a second-round pick in 2010—is unable to contribute soon, he could very easily lose his spot on the depth chart to Parker (undrafted) and Underwood (seventh-round).
And depending on just how long he misses, an even further descent may be in order.
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