It’s August, That Means Clayton’s ShiningAugust 1st, 2010
Aside from the way Bucs rookie defensive tackle Brian Price has toyed with his offensive teammates, the biggest surprise to Joe thus far in training camp has been the fan reaction to blocking icon Michael Clayton.
The fans love him!
If anyone remembers last summer the way the fans roared virtually every time Cadillac Williams touched the ball, it’s not that far removed from the crowd reaction to Clayton this summer.
Based on phone calls to local sports radio stations, and various comments on a host of sites including Joe’s, by far the most vitriol thrown at a Bucs player is towards Clayton.
So when Joe began hearing fans applaud Clayton’s catches yesterday, and then heard fans go wild at Clayton’s every move today, it really threw Joe for a loss.
Clayton was adorned with so much praise today, that at one point he acknowledged the fans’ applause by looking at the bleachers and pumping his fist in the air. After practice, he jumped into the bleachers and sat among the fans, basking in their warmth while signing autographs.
Now Joe has written several times how nice of a guy Clayton is, he just wears his emotions on his sleeve, which gets him in hot water at times.
Clayton, thus far, has looked like the Bucs’ most reliable wide receiver. He’s catching everything thrown his way. Sadly, is Clayton’s solid training camp thus far a repeat of past years? Clayton often has good training camps, but other than his rookie year, rarely did that play carry over past the first game of the season.
The way Clayton is playing in training camp this summer, he’s either a lock to make the team or get traded. If he sticks with the Bucs, can that strong play in practice in August stick with him in September and beyond?