“He’s Got That Burst”February 21st, 2013
Loads of pundits out there are uneasy about the Bucs’ tight ends situation, but Joe’s not in that camp.
Dallas Clark shocked the world by staying healthy through 2012. He displayed some great hands, never fumbled, and Mike Sullivan found ways to work him into the offense more during the second half of the season. Clark is no punishing blocker by any stretch, but Doug Martin had plenty of holes to work his magic.
Joe wouldn’t be so quick to toss aside Clark, who will be a free agent in a matter of days, though Joe would be intrigued by the versatility of free agent Martellus Bennett. Joe also thinks Luke Stocker could be poised to perform quite well in his upcoming third season.
Former Bucs defensive end Anthony “Booger” McFarland has another name in mind that he would be excited to see wearing pewter and red. That would be Jets tight end and soon-to-be free agent Dustin Keller.
Speaking on 98.7 FM yesterday, McFarland said he’s spent time training with Keller and he’s a tight end that has the speed to make the Bucs’ offense more dangerous in the middle of the field. “He’s got that burst,” McFarland said.
Keller’s an interesting option. He was hurt much of last season but hadn’t missed a game in his previous four seasons with the Jets. A near freakish athlete, Keller was a favorite target of Brett Favre and he’s got plenty of playoff experience.
A few big questions hang out there: How much does Mike Sullivan want to use the tight end? Would the Bucs prefer a major upgrade at slot receiver versus tight end? And just how many weapons does Josh Freeman need to become a star?