Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It's Rookie Time

Jessica DAnalyst IMay 17, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01:  Defensive back Sammie Stroughter #18 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

There's nothing better for young football players than the opportunity to make it in the NFL.

It's one thing to get to rookie camp, but it's another to take one's skill to the next level and become a stand out player.

It's time, at One Buccaneer Place, for the new recruits to prove that they can provide a strong skill set for the team. Raheem Morris insists that each rookie has a legitimate opportunity to showcase themselves.

"We're going to let them come in and assume those roles, and if they're man enough to do it, then they'll do it. If they're not man enough, then they won't," Morris said.

It appears to be on in Tampa Bay. Are the rookies up to the task?

Roy Miller is a newbie getting a lot of attention. A defensive tackle from Texas and a third-round draft pick for the Bucs, Miller is expected to become a key member of the defensive line rotation. Fourth rounder Kyle Moore will be thrown into the competition with Jimmy Wilkerson at defensive end, a position up for grabs.

Fifth rounder Xavier Fulton, a tackle from Illinois, might be able to fill the needs that the Bucs have for a backup swing tackle behind Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood. Seventh-round picks E.J. Biggers from Western Michigan and Sammy Stroughter from Oregon State might be able to make a splash at cornerback and receiver, respectively.

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The mights, ifs, and buts should be sorted out soon as the rookies have three practices this week.