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Henry, Bucs Doesn’t Appear To Be A Match

Posted May 8, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated May 8, 2008 at 02:31 PM

TAMPA - I had a conversation with Chris Henry’s agent a little while ago. He said there are actually two NFL teams that are interested in giving Henry a tryout. The Bucs, however, are not one of them.

No surprise there. Though the Bucs are on record as saying they will consider signing anybody who they think can make their football team better, signing the troubled Henry always seemed like a stretch of the biggest proportions.

It’s not just the possibility (or should we say likelihood) that Henry will wind up missing practice and playing time because of his latest run in with the law. There’s also the fact that the Bucs seem quite content to go with what they already have at Henry’s position.

That, in fact, has sort of been their take all offseason. They did virtually nothing to address their apparent need at receiver during free agency, then followed up by doing virtually nothing to improve that position during the draft.

Sure, they drafted Dexter Jackson in the second round, but Jackson is something of a project at receiver. He was drafted primarily to improve the return game and with the hope or expectation that he will one day develop into a regular contributor at split end.

The plan it seems is to lean more heavily on Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall at flanker and to hope that one of either Paris Warren or Chad Lucas can earn the right to take some snaps away from Joey Galloway at split end.

It’s not a bad approach, but if it doesn’t work out the Bucs will have opened themselves up to a lot of criticism for not doing more to improve what many perceive to be the biggest area of need on their team.

Reader Comments

Por (Greg M) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Roy, what would you have had the Bucs do differently? Give a bunch of money to an injured player like Javon Walker? Or how about washed up players like Bruce or unproven players like Hackett and Byrant Johnson seriously the free agent class and draft class was weak in terms of wide receivers.  So was there really anything out there that would have been an upgrade? Oh, and we never had a chance at Chad Johnson, Roy Williams, or Boldin

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Por (Grey Goose) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Watch out there big cat, dont back over your own foot…........... Has anyone reminded you lately just how bad you suck at your job? You create speculation then act like you knew that it wouldnt happen all along, try doing food articles maybe you wont screw that up.

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Por (coley hogg) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

we told you that when you first came out with that story about henry possibly headed to the bucs. why has it taken you a week to figure that out.Do you get paid a salary?

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Por (Mike) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I almost feel sorry for Roy. I think if I was him I would convince my boss to end the comment section on my articles. High comedy fellas! Keep up the good work.

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Por (Zipmeister) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Yea just like the lightning saying they will stick with the goaltenders they have. Yea that will work! Last place!!

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Por (Greg) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Dexter Jackson something of a project at split end. Come on guys this is not rocket science, it is football. Have the QB tell Jackson what route to run when a play is called and lets see if his speed works! Gruden you are a dumass!

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Por (Greg) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

If Gruden does not start Parrish Warren in place of Clayton he should be fired! All the guy does is score TD’s while Clayton self-destructs.

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Por (Mike) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Who is Parrish? And what TD’s has he scored that counted?

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Por (JVand) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Greg in Bradenton want to start Parrish(?) or fire Gruden. Well that is just as brilliant as your master plan being for Parrish(?) or Lucas to unseat Galloway.

With that said, I would really love to see Clayton excell towards his potential.

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Por (Keith) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just like I thought. I knew when Roy started this speculation that we would not be interested. I guess we will see what happens, I’ve been a Buc fan for a long time however still worried about this upcoming season after the NYG playoff game last year, tough “D” as usual. Please someone step up on offense and be this playmaker Gruden and Co. keep talking about.

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Por (George Leslie Hicks) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think that all the Wide Recievers and TE’s in Camp. If Tampa didn’t have Antonio Bryant in camp. Then take a chance on Henry. Remember Tampa did have some WR’s that went down prior to last season and I think that if this year Dexter Jackson brings the ball back on Kick Off’s and Punts. And Occasionly a few passes during the season. Jackson can go at a slower pace. Remember he was from a small college that he was thrust into limelight when Appl. State Upset Michigan. Also Doug Williams had an Eye for QB’s. I think that QB from San Deigo could progress at a slow pace, And next year he could have an Impact battle for the backup QB next year. I though giving a fan view point of the offensive side of the ball. GO BUCS

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Por (jarvis howell) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

its paris warren will people get his name right GEEEEZZZZZ! and he should play but not start i think we should put roy out there! get em Roy!

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Por (Ben Forlaw) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Roy, let’s hope you’re wrong about the idea of Dexter Jackson being a project at receiver.  I think the Bucs see him as more of a Santana Moss or Antwaan Randle-El, someone who can fit in the slot and burn slants and posts all over the field.  Tampa’s wide receiver situation is too precarious to not use him at least as a slot receiver early on, and his speed is too good.

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Por (Mitch R) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Gee what a surprise.  I actually read about this on ESPN.com (that Henry was interested in NO or Dallas) yesterday, so great reporting Roy, it took a call to Henry’s agent to find out what James Walker already reported on.  It’s also no surprise because the Bucs already signed Antonio Bryant and drafted D Jackson, but we already knew about that as well.
We also knew that Jackson was a project and was drafted to improve the return game and probably was not starting day one across from Galloway.
So in summary, thanks for telling us what we already knew.
How much is the trib paying you? Cause I could us a night job that doesn’t eat up too much of my time.

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Por (Mitch R) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Roy should do the weather, at least he’d have a 50% shot of being right from time to time.

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Por (Jake Guzman) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Greg,
Agreed on Walker,Johnson and Hackett. But I believe recievers available such as Donte Stallworth, Bernard Berrien, or Devery Henderson could have helped this team. Bruce felt that they werent worth the price they were asking. Well apparently 3 other NFL Gm’s did.  We will see how this works out but I am skeptical at best about the WR position on the Bucs.

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Por (Greg M) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jake, Henderson was horrible last year and couldn’t catch anything, Stallworth has to be the most overrated wide receiver in the league and has only ever had a couple good games, seriously anyone could have had success in the Pats system last year but Stallworth still didn’t, oh and Berrian might have been a decent addition as a #2 receiver but he was snatched up so fast by the Vikings it didn’t seem like he was considering anyone else and Gruden and Allen can’t be blamed if a player doesn’t have any desire to play here. The o-line and running game will be even better this year which should provide more opportunities for the passing game.

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Por (John Klopfer) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Roy,

Nice article.Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to sit around the T.V. with my Billy beer and watch ESPN. Your articles are always insightful and informative. Yes…guys….if I had the time to watch TV all day, I probably would be informed too. But for the rest of us, Roy is top notch

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Por (James R. Kinzer) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hi Roy,  How do you figure that the Bucs would “lead more heavily on Clayton”???  He has had one good year and three years as a BUST!!  He simply can’t catch a football!!  What other team in the NFL would take him??  You must be trying to suck up to Gruden, he keeps playing Clayton even when he knows that he cannot catch a football!!

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Por (Mitch R) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Kinzer, please enlighten me on where you get your basis that Clayton can’t catch the ball?  80 receptions in his rookie year tells me that he can catch the ball.  Sure, he has some drops, but no more than TO, and I’ve seen Galloway drop some gimme’s too.  Remember that TD vs the Bengals in 2006, that was one hell of a catch.  The point I’m trying to make, get off Clayton’s back.  Sure, he may not be that 80 catch WR anymore, but the man has ability, size and strength.  Let’s see him use it rather than constantly ripping on him.

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Por (kennny spindola) on May 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

roy weren’t you the one who started this mess about the bucs signing henry? now you write ” no surpise the bucs will not sign henry” please roy just write facts and not tabloid material. you are wrtitng for the tampa tribune not national enquier

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Por (Dan) on May 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think we should just consintrate on the recievers we have right now. We can still have a great year with the ones we have now.Between next years draft and FA there will be alot of talent available at that possition of
WR.Alot better then this year.That also goes for QBs that should be available. I really think thats whats on the front office of the Bucs are thinking also.This was the year to build the core of your football team (OL,DL,RB,CBs ect…) Next year is the year for (QBs,WRs) We will see how much they improve. Time will tell.

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Por (T Smith) on May 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I like our receivers. I go to all home games. Michael Clayton has talent, has dropped many passes, but he is getting better. He also had the highlight block of the year downfield that sprung Galloway for a TD. Amari Jackson may surprise some people. He has been improving and we really liked his play in high school. I think he’s another Colsten type player with hunger. I also think this team will be so profficient at running the ball, that our receivers will not have to all be downfield threats. I would like to see Zuttah at fullback and Josh Johnson can run like the wind. Michael Clayton’s blocking skills will prove valuable this year in key situations. This offense is being set-up to steamroll defenses with the run.

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Por (Mitch R) on May 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

First the Bucs were poised to take Malcolm Kelly with the 20th pick, then they weren’t.  Then they are going to trade for Henry, now they aren’t.  This isn’t journalism, it’s the gossip line.  All we want is some real news.

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Por (Mitch R) on May 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Roy, define doing virtually nothing. We picked up a fine receiver in Free Agency.  A 1000 yard type of impact receiver.  Sure he has baggage, but less baggage than Henry (who you were keen on trading for).  In the draft, we spent our #2 pick on a WR.  Using a 2nd round pick is a big investment for a team, and is reserved for players the team thinks will provide big returns on in the future.  What did you expect the Bucs to do in the draft? Draft 2 WRs?  What did you expect teh Bucs to do in FA?

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