Arrelious Benn Hiding In The WeedsJuly 24th, 2010
In April, Joe was excited when Mark Dominik drafted a pair of wide receivers, Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, in the second and fourth round respectively.
What Joe has found interesting is it seems Williams is getting all the run and not Benn. This phenomenon continues as Vacation Man, i.e. Pat Yasinskas of BSPN.com, writing in a recent NFC South chat, also lauds Williams.
I keep reading positive things about WR Mike Williams. Based on pure ceiling potential, who would you take between him and Benn?
Both have high ceilings. Really liked what I saw out of Williams in offseason workouts. Seems like he can be a big play guy. But I’ll give you a better answer after I see them in pads. I’ve seen a lot of WRs look great in offseason workouts and disappear when it really matters.
Now Joe is not about to dispute what Pat Yaz, and many others, have written about Williams. But Joe just finds it odd that Benn has all but been forgotten.
Many have written about how Williams “looks” in offseason workouts, but people easily forget that football is not played in shorts and T-shirts. This may be one reason why Williams stood out: offseason workouts in shorts are glorified flag football, thus, it’s easy for one to stand out showing flash as opposed to one being physical.
Joe knows the following and it greatly intrigued Joe: In speaking with an out-of-town football writer this past week, said writer had talked to an NFC South coach not with the Bucs (Joe won’t mention the coach or the team as to blow the coach’s cover), and said defensive coach told the writer Joe spoke with that his team expects Benn to have “an impact immediately.”
Just file that little nugget away for, say, November, to see if this particular coach was trying to con a writer or if he was being sincere.
If Benn really does have an immediate impact, it’s just another example of not jumping to conclusions watching NFL players practice in shorts.