Arrelious Benn Hiding In The Weeds

July 24th, 2010

arrelious benn0506In 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, writing in a recent NFC South chat, also lauds Williams.

Corey (D.C.)
I keep reading positive things about WR Mike Williams. Based on pure ceiling potential, who would you take between him and Benn?

Pat Yasinskas 
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.

14 Responses to “Arrelious Benn Hiding In The Weeds”

  1. topdoggie Says:

    This has the potential to be a very exciting tandem. I hope Williams makes a lot of teams wish they had taken him in the first round.

  2. Fish Says:

    I like where your head’s at on this one, Joe.

    We have a lot of young talent on this team and I think we’ll flash a lot of promise this year. People who are disregarding this team because of last year’s mess are simply ignorant.

  3. sunrisejeff Says:

    Agree with you Joe. Benn’s style of play is much more suited for having pads on and YAC. Can’t wait to see these guys gel in TC.

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    I’m hoping they both “flash” this year. With the bad luck we’ve had drafting WR, we are due a break!

  5. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Benn will definitely make HIS impact once the pads go on….he’s a player that is more of a physical presence. His impact will come from YAC, etc, while Mike is a guy that will go up and make the pretty catch.

    Going by thier college careers anyways….

  6. eric Says:

    I like the guys who seem to stay quiet and let their play do the talking. Kinda like WD.

    Benn seems like that type.

    Now if he can get open and catch, we are in business.

  7. Brian Says:

    They only talk about players that have issues. Dez Bryant for example this guy probably can never live up to all his hype. they already have him wearing michael irvins jersy come on. he’s all we hear about anymore. I cant wait to see these guys get out there nothing would make me happier than to see these guys as number one and two WR’s bye the end of this year.

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    I just can’t wait to see them both line it up with Josh. This could be the start of something great.

  9. BamBamBuc Says:

    It should be interesting to watch these two young WRs. Williams seems to have the “flash”. Makes the spectacular catch and really gets upfield. We haven’t heard much about Benn, which is probably a good thing. If he can be the physical guy (which we won’t see until pads are on), and if he can hold onto the ball, he can make a great possession guy that converts first downs and gets YAC. We’ve heard some good things about Brown and Stroughter, which is also good. It means we should have guys that can play even when there are nicks and bruises slowing some of them down. I don’t care if they’re rookies or vets, so long as they can perform in the role they are asked to.

  10. Mr. Lucky Says:

    The title is : Arrelious Benn Hiding In The Weeds

    I just hope he doesn’t spend time with TJ doing the weed!

  11. topdoggie Says:

    “I just hope he doesn’t spend time with TJ doing the weed!” LOL

  12. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the compliments guys.

  13. Mauha Deeb Says:

    We want really know how good Benn will be until he takes his underwear off, puts on his big boy pads, and puts his face on people.

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    Yeah, Joe, good article! Like ta see some of the positive stuff!!