If you are curious as to just how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense
will preform in 2009, you are not alone new defensive coordinator Jim Bates is pondering the same exact thing as the rest of us fanatics.
“I can’t wait to find out,” said Bates, the Bucs’ defensive coordinator. “Right now, it’s hard to tell.”
Jim Bates told Gary Shelton, of the St.Pete Times that the team is still trying to figure out the depth and that there are many positions up for grabs.
“It’s still early,” Bates said. “We’re throwing a lot at them. We’re still trying to build a foundation. It’s hard to say until we get into camp and see where they are mentally.
“The one thing I’ve enjoyed is their passion. Their attitude and their effort have been good. We have some speed. We’re still trying to find some depth. Even some starting positions are wide open. We just have to see how we develop.” Source: St.PeteTimes.com
With so much uncertainty heading into 09′ on the defensive side of the football. With a new coaching staff, not to mention a new scheme and a unit that seems to be devoid of leadership, Bates hand picked coaching staff will be under the gun to get the young players to buy in early and contribute at a high level considering the daunting schedule that lies ahead.
In Other News:
Third round pick DT Roy Miller was sidelined by an undisclosed injury Morris told the St.Pete Times that the injury is “nothing to panic about,” and that Miller should be back healthy at OTA’s next week.
According to Morris, receiver Sammie Stroughter is the third or fourth receiver as it stands, after impressive showings since rookie mini camp.
“He’s jumped right in there with the veterans. … You want to talk about a guy developing habits and picking them up quickly, just from watching the vets. You start to see him put his pads down, start to see him finish, how to run a route. (He’s) listening to everything the older guys do, taking it from them and stealing it.”
“There’s four guys playing wideout for us right now that are really fighting their butts off, that really have got me wired in,” Morris said. Source: St.PeteTimes.com
Let’s speculate here for a minute, as most already know who number one is and that would be Antonio Bryant, second based on the contract he signed this off-season one would contend that number two is Michael Clayton and in no real order for third or fourth at this point the other two, I am guessing are Kelly Campbell and Sammie Stoughter.
If that is the case then former second and third round picks Dexter Jackson and Maurice Stovall are bringing up the rear and most likely battling for the fifth and sixth spots with the winner of special teams being kept and the latter facing the turk come the end of training camp.