Going Both WaysAugust 10th, 2010
Joe’s gotta give Raheem the Dream some credit. He’s thinking outside the box.
Remember the halcyon days of Chucky when he used Warren Sapp as a tight end? He even caught a touchdown. Raheem the Dream is taking a page from Chucky and perhaps writing a new chapter.
“Playing Both Sides Of The Ball”
Anyone who went to Bucs training camp last week or watched the Bucs carnival of football Saturday night at the CITS noticed Raheem the Dream trying different things, meaning players playing foreign positions. Roy Miller playing fullback, for example.
It’s those types of moves that Raheem the Dream hopes helps put the Bucs over the top in close games, writes Tom Balog of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Morris has to be as resourceful as his players because NFL teams can dress only 45 players for regular season games and quality depth can be an issue at one position, depending on greater needs elsewhere.
“That’s me thinking about game-day rosters. Us trying to be pro-active instead of re-active,” Morris said. “That’s us, forming our team. The more roles you can create for people on game day, the more roster spots you can have.
“Every once in a while people go down (injured) in these games. You have 45 guys and you have to figure out what you’re going to do. Do you just throw the (goal-line offense) package out the window and you’re done with it for that day? Or do you have guys that can go out and play and compete? We’re just setting ourself up for all those situations.”
Even linebacker Adam Heyward has practiced some fullback. Given that he’s a backup, Balog notes, Heyward is hungry to get any type of playing time; he even has a touchdown dance ready.
You’ll have to read Balog’s story to find out who Heyward patterned his celebration after. It’s a good read from a good guy.