Considered an enigma by many, Michael Clayton is not shy about voicing his true opinions. Ever since, an 80 catch rookie season in which the sky was the limit he has been trying to re-capture lightning in a bottle. The six year veteran was resigned in the off-season because he carries the two main traits the team is looking to mold itself into as they head forward.
“I came in and caught 80 balls,” Clayton said. “I felt ability-wise and confidence-wise, at that point, let’s just build the team around the success that I had and bring in some fast guys to go down the field. They went totally opposite and kind of took me out.”
“[Morris] had that trust in me to go out there and be an athlete. He knows what type of person I am,” Clayton said. “He also knows what type of receiver I am, what I bring to the table and how to utilize my talents.”
“Basically, I think there are going to be opportunities in the short passing game and they’re going to utilize receivers who can help move the chains in traffic,” Clayton said. “I think they’ll put me in position where I can help the team. Everybody’s going to get an opportunity to catch a lot of balls. It hasn’t always been like that in the past.”
“At the end of the day, I’m not the fastest guy,” Clayton said. “But you talk about longevity and I pride myself on perfecting my craft. I feel like I’m a complete player and that’s what keeps wide receivers around for a long time. I feel like, in this offense, I’m going to get a chance to show what I can really do.” Source: ESPN.com
The number one thing you here from the players this off-season is that Raheem Morris shows trust & confidence in the players on the roster which is not a theme you heard the players speak about under Jon Gruden. It will go a long way in building towards the future when a coach shows a level of confidence in his players.
A genuine belief, that is sure to boost the confindence level in the players themselves.