Sammie Stroughter Talks To Joe

October 22nd, 2010

sammie stroughter5Joe recently had the chance to chat with Bucs wide receiver Sammie Stroughter. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik commented last week about the work ethic of some of the Bucs and singled out Stroughter for praise. So Joe asked Stroughter about working in the offseason.

JoeBucsFan: Mark Dominik recently was on Sirius NFL Radio giving you props for how hard you work in the offseason. Tell me about that.

Sammie Stroughter: I take pride in working hard and I always want to be better and I want to be part of the team’s success. I don’t want to disappoint so, yeah, we work in the offseason. I want to be my best self out there. We have high standards. So, yeah, we’re big on accountability.

Joe: Did other receivers, specifically rookies Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn, when they see the time you put in during the offseason, you think that rubs off on them?

Stroughter: Yes sir. We have great veteran leadership from Maurice Stovall and Michael Spurlock who work really, really hard. But the rookies came out here and they had a great work ethic also. So it was an easy [transition]. Knowing the accountability that we have to each other, our focus is trying to be our best selves each and every day.

Joe: How important is that for team chemistry to work with Josh Freeman in the offseason and how much does that actually help you during the season?

Stroughter: Oh, it helps you a lot. Starting from Day One in how you run your routes. Everybody runs routes differently. It’s like any job, the more time you put in you will see better results.

Joe: Tell us about flying in from Oregon to work out. Dominik said that you called him in February and asked him if you should fly in to work out with Freeman. Is that true and how did that come about? Was that your idea or Dominik’s?

Stroughter: It’s all Freeman. When Freeman tells you to be there, you better be there. We are all trying to get molded from him. He works the hardest. He’s one of the best workers [as a teammate] I’ve ever had. He puts a lot into it. You see that [work ethic] as a receiver; you want to do the same thing.

6 Responses to “Sammie Stroughter Talks To Joe”

  1. d-money Says:

    Man I love these recievers we have. I know its early but they all seem like great kids and they all want to put in the effort to be great players.

    Also this is the second time I’ve heard someone mention Spurlock as a leader. I think he is a bigger part of this team than people realize.

  2. JDouble Says:

    The way I see it, the reality is, when we play bad to mediocre teams you get to see our good points. The promising young guys we do have in place for the future. And it’s fun to watch.

    When we play good to great teams, are glaring weaknesses over shadow any bright spots and it is painful to watch.

    If you don’t get too high or too low after each win or loss, and just remember that we are still a very young rebuilding team that will only win 7 or 8 games this year, then it’s not too bad. It’s when you buy into the hype that we might be better than we really are that you get disappointed and fustrated when we get stomped.

    We are right on track. Now if we start getting stomped by the bad to mediocre teams, that’s a whole different story.

  3. Bucfan66 Says:

    I think our receiving corps has alot of raw talent and is definitely something to build on. But from a development standpoint, I just wish the “veteran leadership” in that room was coming from more accomplished guys than Maurice Stovall and Micheal Spurlock.

  4. Dave Says:

    Stroughter, Benn, and Williams with Freeman will be REAL GOOD in 2 years…. after a few RBs emerge or get drafted and then O-Line gets an upgrade or two.

    Love to hear how much time Freeman puts into it.

  5. Jonny Says:

    JDouble, I am an optimist like you are, but if Bucs get stomped by Rams this weekend I will be on “fire Olson” bandwagon as well as “hire DC” bandwagon.

  6. JDouble Says:

    Jonny, if we start losing big to mediocre teams, I’ll be right there with you.