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Mystery Candidate Emerges At WR
Posted May 27, 2009 by Roy Cummings
Updated May 27, 2009 at 09:47 AM
By ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – Bucs coach Raheem Morris left everyone guessing last week when he refused to name the names of the four receivers who have stood out the most to him during the early rounds of the Bucs offseason workouts.
We do know that one of the four standouts is rookie Sammie Stroughter because it was a question about Stroughter that prompted Morris to mention the fab four in the first place.
Many are assuming that Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton are among the other three and for the Bucs sake they better be. The identity of the fourth standout remains something of a mystery, however.
Some believe it’s Kelly Campbell, the former Viking and Dolphin whom the Bucs rescued from the Canadian Football League. After a talk with receivers coach Richard Mann, however, we’re not sure he’s the guy.
Mann says Campbell has come on strong the last couple weeks and he says he could see him filling a role as a “spot’’ player come the regular season. There’s someone else, though, who has really caught Mann’s eye.
“Now, we aren’t playing tackle yet, and sometimes things change when we do,’’ Mann said. “But the guy that has really caught my eye, the guy that has really looked good to me, is Brian Clark.
“I’m thinking now that we probably should have looked at him a lot more in the past. Maybe that was a coaching error on my part. What I’ve seen of him on the practice field in shorts, he looks like an excellent candidate to play there.’’
By “there’’, Mann meant the slot, the position that Ike Hilliard filled so adequately before he was let go as part of the veteran purge earlier in the offseason.
Mann said he believes Stroughter can play the slot, too, and he knows Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall can play there. He really seems excited, though, about the possibility of Clark working there.