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Bucs Clark looking to carve out niche’

by Roland Johnson on June 23, 2009

Bucs receiver Brian Clark could become vital to the teams success on third

Clark carving away at chance to be teams third receiver

Clark carving away at chance to be teams third receiver

downs this fall.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year receiver Brian Clark, is not a flashy player that tends to stand out in a crowd, he won’t wow you with a blazing forty time or invoke visions of Terrell Owens running through the middle of defenses. He is just a reliable route runner, sure handed receiver that works really hard to prefect his craft.

Earlier this off-season he was identified as a receiver that has got first year head coach Raheem Morris’ attention, to the point Morris is amped up & excited by the potential Clark has shown this spring.

Clark is no stranger to adversity, since being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina State by the Denver Broncos in 2006 he has bounced from the practice squad to the active roster numerous times. The 6’2 204-pound Clark finished his Wolf pack career with 43 receptions, 738 yards & 9 touchdowns.

While his pro numbers are not indicative, of a player on the rise. He has steadily improved his overall game to the point he is a serious candidate for the third receiver spot.

With Clark currently in contention for the third receiver spot with a multitude of other first, second & third year receivers his ability to be a special teamer, will be vital to his sticking power come this fall.

Bucs receivers coach Richard Mann said  Brian Clark is the leading candidate for more playing time.  “Those spots have to be filled,” Mann said. “We got a lot of guys in contention for that position. Right now BC is looking OK. Again, I haven’t seen BC play in a lot of games, but I think a lot of that is because he had to wait his turn. … Now BC’s time has come. Now it’s time to step up and grab one of those spots and right now I think he’s on schedule.”

With his prowess to find soft zones in defenses and settle down in them, presenting himself as a big target for quarterbacks he could become a steady chain mover on third downs for the Buccaneers this season, a role handled by former Buc Ike Hilliard.

With no heir apparent to Hilliard, Clark will have his work cut in his attempts at replacing the veteran savvy receiver, but presents the team with a reliable option based on his showing thus far in OTAs & mandatory mini camp which might have the team considering him as part of the Bucs third down package.

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