Looks Like Benn Must Re-Earn KR GigNovember 16th, 2012
Little used Arrelious Benn (4 catches/3 Benn’d arounds) practiced without limitation all week and should be raring to go on Sunday in Charlotte after missing last week’s game with a bum shoulder.
But will Benn be used?
Benn was the primary kickoff returner before the Bucs-Chargers game, and he had been in the role since Michael Smith was buried on the bench after debuting as kick returner on opening day. Benn has one or two strong returns out of 13, and it seems Greg Schiano might have moved on from Benn in that role.
After practice today, the leader of the New Schiano Order appeared inclined to keep new cornerback LeQuan Lewis in that role. Lewis wasn’t good against the Chargers — he fumbled a return, recovered, and then took it to the 8 yard line.
“I’m not sure change is the answer. Sometimes as a coach you want him to have a second chance,” Schiano said while not commiting to Lewis in the role.
Schiano mentioned Lewis, Benn, Tiquan Underwood and WR Chris Owusu as guys that could return kicks. Previously, Schiano talked about Roscoe Parrish possibly expanding his punt returner role.
At this point, Joe just hopes nobody fumbles so the high-powered Bucs offense can get on the field.
Maybe next year one of the cornerbacks the Bucs’ draft will be able to return kicks.