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Stevens Coming Back, But Who Goes

Posted Sep 15, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Sep 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM

TAMPA - TE Jerrmay Stevens is due to return from his two game suspension this week. Assuming Stevens is placed back on the active roster, someone has to go.

Judging by what Coach Jon Gruden had to say during his Monday morning press conference, it won’t be a quarterback. It could, however, be a tight end, possibly Ben Troupe.

Troupe hasn’t done much since coming to the Bucs as a free agent this past offseason. He has yet to catch a pass and seems to have been replaced as a target by John Gilmore, who made two catches Sunday, including one for a touchdown.

The one thing that could save Troupe is the Bucs injury situation. They continue to be battered there, with Joey Galloway the latest to go down. Galloway is believed to have a foot sprain but we have no ideal how serious it really is and the Bucs probably won’t update us until at least Wednesday.

There’s a chance Galloway misses this game and maybe a few more. The injuries are starting to pile up for him. In other injury news, it looks like Davin Joseph will miss another game, but he could be back for the Packers game in two weeks. The boot is off his foot and he’s moving around well, Gruden said.

The other notable thing to come out of Gruden’s presser is the Bucs penalty situation. The Bucs have been penalized 18 times for 160 yards the first two games. Gruden called that unacceptable and said the Bucs need to fix the problem fast.

Reader Comments

Por (Mac) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

...another (old) one bites the dust…

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Por (Pete I) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We need to see if Dexter Jackson can play receiver because his return game has been non-existent (except for 1 punt return in pre-season) and he seems to be taking up a roster spot. On the otherhand there does seem to be a lot of tightends on the roster.

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Por (keydoc) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

a win is a win; however the early 3rd quarter play calling was suspect, large lead and three straight incompletions, could have used a run or sweep on 1st or second down and eaten away more time

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Por (ralph pease) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Good call Pete - Dexter Jackson seems like a wasted #2 draft pick.  I see neither the speed or quickness he was suppose to bring to the table.  Guess we’ll have to wait for Brandon James to graduate.

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Por (charles) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Who esle do we have that can return kicks and has the ability to score TDs?
Its his rookie season, give him a chance.  He is coming from a small school and needs time to adjust., I bet he takes at least 1 punt return to the house this season.

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Por (bobbyd) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Roy, his name is Jerramy.

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Por (BigBucFan) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Let’s give Bennett a shot at the Kickoff or Punt return job. Atlanta was punting very short to keep Dexter from returning the ball. In reality a punt that is 15 yds short is net that same return. Get Bennett active at least & give him the 4’th Quarter run plays when the opposing Defense is tired. His speed will show then. Roster spot? Hmmm. I think I’d cut McCoy at this point, unless you can trade Garcia. Geno Hayes looked pretty good yesterday. Sabby is the real deal. Bryant gets one more game to learn to catch or he’s out.

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Por (jason jesse) on September 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

We have four TEs….we don’t need four TEs. All I know is Bennett is getting fed up with not getting to play. He said ina recent interview ” I’m not happy sitting on the bench and collecting a check, playing on Sunday is as much a reward to me as a pay check” This guy is the fastest player on our team, he is young, hungry, and dangerous. If he gets released it would be beyond stupid.

Let him run back Punts and Kickoffs, or play him in the slot. Do whatever it takes but GET THIS KID IN THE GAME!

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Por (tatmanfish) on September 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

jackson has no speed?are you high?this kid is a rookie from a small school.it will take time.in 2yrs hester returned 63 kicks for 4 tds and 90 punts for 7tds. thats 1td for every 15kr and 1td for every 13pr and hes one of the best ever.jackson has only had 13 combined returns.im glad we can toss players aside before they have an opportunity to adjust,let alone prove themselves.also jackson averages 25yrds a kr.he sure sucks(sarcasm). his pr needs some work,but all it takes is 1 to change his 4.5 average. hester averages 14yrds a pr and 23yrds a kr.so it sounds like jackson is right on par.next time do some research before stinking up this place with your oral defication.

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Por (Pete I) on September 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jackson certainly does not have a 25yd a return avg in the regular season. He has speed, we just haven’t seen it in the regular season, and he seems to dive to the ground before being hit. I was not suggesting he is not without talent but I would like to see him get into the passing game, because as of right now he is taking up a roster spot with no apparent contribution.

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