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What To Make Of Lovie Smith's "12th Starter" Comment

 
What To Make Of Lovie Smith's
Posted March 27th, 2014 @ 9:29am

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At the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith answered lots of questions regarding the team's roster. Among the topics he touched on was the starting quarterback role, who will play the nickel corner position, and the chances of Adrian Clayborn starting at left defensive end. But was probably most intriguing was his comments about the starters in general.

Smith said that they will introduce 12 starters on Sundays both on offense and defense. That's right, 12. It obviously doesn't mean there will be 12 bodies on each side of the ball for the Bucs which will draw penalties each time, but Smith stressed the importance of the nickel cornerback as well as three wide receivers. Hence his description of 12 starters.

Now for the offense that's interesting. If there is a big emphasis on three wide receivers in Tampa Bay's new offense, then releasing or trading away Mike Williams may not be a good move unless they getting another in return. Of course there is the draft but if Williams is in fact no longer with the team, should we expect the Bucs to have Vincent Jackson followed by two rookie receivers on the depth chart?

Aside from the vote of confidence Smith gave Williams -- saying he won't release him for being a victim -- stressing the importance of a third receiver could also mean he has definitely been given a shot to prove to Smith he will stay out of the headlines. This could mean the Bucs may target a wide receiver in the first round, like Sammy Watkins.

 

 

 

 

 

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