Arrelious Benn ReadyOctober 4th, 2010
Part of that has been that the two are far different receivers. One is a stretch-the-field kind of a guy, Williams. The other, Benn, is more of a possession, YAC kind of a guy.
It also hurt Benn in that not only is he learning to play a different receiver position with different responsibilities with the Bucs, he also had to wrap his mind around an NFL offense, as opposed to that gimmick college spread-option that Illinois ran.
But Raheem Morris has all but declared Benn a finished product. In other words, expect Benn to see plenty of playing time against Cincinnati this weekend, so reports Tom Balog of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
“Benn came on slow,” Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said. “He had the breakout (two touchdown catches) in the Houston (preseason finale) game as far as production on the field. Now, in practice every week, he’s been able to show that he’s picking all of his packages up. He’s starting to learn his position even more.”
Said Benn: “When I was at Illinois, I played the slot, the split. Certain plays were named for me. So pretty much I’m learning an offense that’s very different from a traditional spread in college.”
Last week in practice, Benn was taking many of the snaps at flanker that normally Sammie Stroughter would take. So it’s not out of the question that Joe, along with other Bucs fans, could see Benn start in place of Stroughter come Sunday.