Will Clifton Smith Make The Team?August 6th, 2010
It seems unthinkable that the 3-13 Bucs could cast aside a Pro Bowler like Clifton Smith.
However, with Micheal Spurlock, Sammie Stroughter and Smith on the roster, the Bucs are loaded when it comes to punt and kick returners.
Smith is the 2008 Pro Bowler with the most experience, but he also has concussion issues and little value outside of his returner role.
Spurlock, in his wide receiver role, was singled out yesterday by Raheem The Dream during his afternoon news conference as being one of a small handful of camp standouts. And surely Raheem The Dream remembers Spurlock’s punt return for a touchdown leading to the Bucs’ win in New Orleans last year, a victory that might have saved the head coach’s job.
Maybe Raheem The Dream and Mark Dominik like the option of trading Smith and having Spurlock as the No. 1 returner/No. 6 wide receiver, which would open up a roster spot for Kareem Huggins to be the No. 3 running back and active every week.
It’s Joe’s understanding that Spurlock has been around too long to go to the practice squad, which means if he’s cut he might not be waiting around for the Bucs again if Smith takes another shot to the head.
Today, Joe talked to Spurlock, who said he’s been working at all three receiver positions and “hoping for good news.”
Joe not saying the Bucs would move Smith, but Joe doesn’t think it’s completely off the radar.