Reggie Brown Has Found New Life With BucsJune 6th, 2010
For whatever reason, the Bucs embattled wide receiver became a symbol of the bungling Bucs as the team sank from playoff contender to doormat of the NFL in a nightmarish season.
If the loud, vocal critics didn’t get Clayton’s attention, a somewhat minor transaction by Bucs general manager probably did: acquiring Eagles veteran receiver and former University of Georgia stud Reggie Brown for a draft pick.
(Drafting two receivers in the first four picks also certainly must have gotten Clayton’s attention).
Brown fell out of favor with the Eagles, not unlike Clayton with the Bucs. But Brown believes his career is rejuvenated with the Bucs, so he told Joe’s friend the Backwards Hat, aka dapper Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger.
“I had a little hamstring injury in the preseason of my fourth year,” Brown said following an offseason practice at One Buc Place on Wednesday. “I wasn’t practicing, and the coaches never felt confident in me after that. I was hurt at the wrong time.
“It was frustrating,” he said. “But I knew I could still play this game. All I needed was a chance.”
The Bucs now have a crowded corps of wide receivers. In addition to rookies Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, there’s second-year stud Sammie Stroughter, special teams guru Mo Stovall and the oft-forgotten Mark Bradley to factor in along with Brown and Clayton.
Joe is of the belief that Clayton will be back for his final year with the Bucs, as he will play out his contract, though this is hardly locked in stone. For Clayton to retire with the Bucs, he’ll have to repeat the success he had his rookie season where he appeared to be an All Pro in the making.