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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.