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Buccaneers' Mid-Week Stock Report

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IAugust 19, 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)

While the Buccaneers try and recover from the shocking development of Tanard Jackson's suspension by the NFL, we present this mid-week stock report for Bucs moving up and Bucs moving down as the important second game of the preseason is just three days away.

PLAYER STOCKS ON THE RISE:

Sammie Stroughter: The seventh round draft pick is one of the feel-good stories of Camp Raheem, which ends today. Looks like Stroughter will be on the field when the regular season begins. Says his coach, Raheem Morris: "He fits the mold of Raheem Morris. He fits into the mold of being aggressive. He fits into the role of no excuses."

Sabby Piscatelli:  Sabby's performance against the Titans speaks for itself. He's had a great camp and will need to play even better now that Jackson has been suspended for the first four regular season games.

Stylez G. White: The defensive end formerly known as "Greg" was a disruptor on Saturday. He was called out by Morris earlier for his effort, or lack thereof, in practices. Stylez got the message and let his play talk for him last week.

Josh Johnson:  JJ is getting more reps in practice and may have thrown the third quarterback decision into turmoil. Warren Sapp spoke highly of him on the NFL Network and Sapp confirmed that Morris likes JJ as well.

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Brian Clark: He stepped up his game against Tennessee and is making his case for a roster spot.

Roy Miller: He's doing what many expected. He's a force in the middle and has shown that he is as advertised—a very strong young man.

Ronde Barber: Declared by his coaches as the best corner in camp.

Mike Nugent: Performing well with Matt Bryant on the sidelines. Could end up as the place kicker on the final roster.

PLAYERS MOVING UP SLIGHTLY:

Byron Leftwich: Never has a 24-yard touchdown pass received so much acclaim. There are those who are anointing BL the starting quarterback. He'll start against Jacksonville on Saturday and sometime next week, Morris will name his starting QB for the season.

Kareem Huggins: Made some excellent runs in the second half of the Tennessee game and finished as the team's leading rusher.

Clifton Smith: Made his case as a great third option in the backfield.

DEFINITELY FALLING:

The secondary: The suspension of Tanard Jackson will hurt this team, no doubt. It is something the Bucs didn't need as the defense will be needed early and often in the regular season and Jackson has been a cornerstone of the secondary.

Punting game: With Josh Bidwell sent to IR, the Bucs will find out how valuable he was  last year with his ability to affect field position. Morris and GM Mark Dominik may bring in more punters to compete with Dirk Johnson.

Maurice Stovall: Did nothing against Tennessee to help the perception that he is average at best.

Gaines Adams: Could possibly lose his starting job. He needs to look the way Stylez White looked last week.

Donte Nicholson: His mistake last week left Titan receiver Kenny Britt wide open for the touchdown pass from Vince Young.

Luke McCown: Didn't do anything to label himself the starter last week. He looked uncomfortable out there, thus allowing many to deem Leftwich the leader in this quarterback competition. Needs desperately to redeem himself against the Jags.

Earnest Graham: Needs to look better than he did last week. Can't fumble the football.

Kellen Winslow Jr.: He's been called by Morris a "one a day" player, meaning they can't work him twice a day in camp. Needs to show in the regular season that he won't be injury prone, otherwise, management will look really bad on this one.

Adam Hayward: Didn't play well against the Titans. Needs to have a better game at Jacksonville.

There you have it. It's a quick list but these are the most visible moves.

Second exam on Saturday.

Stay tuned.

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