Is Benn The New Homerun Option?

November 5th, 2010

Listening to Raheem Morris at his news conference yesterday, it almost sounded like the coach views Arrelious Benn as more of a deep threat than fellow rookie Mike Williams, who’s on pace for a 1,000-yard season.

Morris talked about Freeman’s 53-yard bomb to Benn in Arizona being the No. 1 option on that play and that Benn is suited for that kind of call.

“[In college,] he made big plays with his speed. You know, I forget what his 40 time was, but he certainly plays faster than that,” Morris said. “He plays bigger than he is. He plays strong and powerful. In this game, big men usually win a lot of battles.”

Joe expects the Bucs to look a lot more for the homerun shot against the Falcons. Atlanta is 27th in the league against the pass, with Carson Palmer carving them up for 412 yards in their last game and Kevin Kolb for 326 before that.

As Joe has written before, just the mere presence of LeGarrette Blount changes the Bucs’ whole offensive philosophy.

43 Responses to “Is Benn The New Homerun Option?”

  1. big007hed Says:

    I am thoroughly excited about this WR corp!

  2. jesse j Says:

    Man I’m fired up for sunday!

  3. booty traps Says:

    It doesnt matter what his 40 is, stats are for looser…lol

    I havent been this excited for our offense since Alstot and Dunn were back there. And Joe J. …forgot how to spell his last name.

    Our D needs to step up!

  4. Dave Says:

    I see this offense developing with Blount pounding it and K2 and Benn and Stroughter catching underneath and crossing stuff. I see Williams and Benn stretching the defense.
    They just need a change of pace back with ALOT of speed to remain healthy.

  5. Fire Greg Olson! Says:

    This has to be completely inaccurate, because we all know that Benn’s a bust.


    Chicken Little Bucs Fans

  6. Fire Greg Olson! Says:

    Mike WIlliams = 470 yards & 4 TD’s
    Brandon Marshall = 588 yards & 1 TD

    You’re right eric, we REALLY SCREWED UP by not mortgaging our future to get Marshall.

  7. oar Says:

    I get it and agree, but think about what Williams numbers might be with Marshall. A great WR tandum would be nice for a change on the Bucs.
    BTW one great play does not mean much. I’m not and have not been one to call Benn a bust, but let’s see what else he can do, before you say he is not.

  8. oar Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope he pans out along with Williams. Unfortunately, one Michael “but I can block” Clayton has left me with convictions of WRs rookie years. Spurlock has been looking good too.

  9. d-money Says:


    I don’t think our passing game would be all that much better with Marshall.

    As a matter of fact I think Marshall would actually hinder Williams’ development. Freeman and Williams have developed such good chemistry almost out of necesssity due to the fact that there was no clear number one reciever. If a guy like Marshall was here it changes the whole dymanic of the team.

  10. New Era Buc Says:

    Let’s all hear for our new weapon ‘First And Benn’

  11. oar Says:

    I get it and understand. I guess maybe I shouldnt have used Marsh to make my point, but the Bucs having great WR tandum would be nice. That’s why I added, I hope Benn and Mike work out.

  12. Sensiblebuc Says:

    Hear hear! Arrelious Boldin!!!

  13. RustyRhino Says:

    I agree Joe,
    LeGarrette Blount changes the Bucs’ whole offensive philosophy.” we can now actually run the play action pass where the long ball can take time to happen. The defense has to respect the run or pay a price.

    The comparison to any other WR why? look at it like that these are “our” WR and I think they are ALL very capable! The best depth I have ever seen in Tampa. I like it that the young WR all grow with the QB’s here it makes for a more cohesive team.

  14. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    Yeah Marshall’s just the guy you want influencing our young QB and WRs (who knows which WR wouldn’t have been drafted after picking up Marshall). He could have probably even helped out our punting woes seeing as though he loves to punt the ball in practice. Maybe Marshall could bring his fierce aggression to the field this year, instead of wasting it on the women he “dates”.

    But, you’re absolutely right: one play doesn’t make a career, but there is something to be said that morons were calling Benn a bust in preseason only because of how well Mike Williams performed. We all remember Clayton.

    The same can be said for what people are saying about GMC. If you read Steve White’s blog, he has a list of plays (with the clock time next to them) where GMC shined. I have NFL Game Rewind (only $25 now) and I went back and watched the whole list. Fans see one play and call a guy a bust, which is laughable. It’s funny how a bunch of fans, who probably aren’t that great at their job, jump all over a guy for getting pancaked once.

    I really recommend NFL’s Game Rewind where you can watch all previously-aired NFL games. I usually DVR all the games, but because of the blackouts I can’t re-watch the home games. Like I said, it’s only $25 and you can jump from play to play very easily. I usually watch each game 4-5 times during the week. It’s good stuff.

  15. Buc You Says:

    First and Benn!

    I really like that one.

    Bustin up the Blount

    Although, if I remember correctly, one of Blounts first runs of his career he ran over and dragged Troy Paolamalu (I know), while running up the middle.

    Maybe Blount should just referred to as Troys Daddy.

  16. Buc You Says:

    Rah said: “In this game, big men usually win the battles.”

    I really hope he stays true to that thought process and goes out and gets bigger linebackers next year.

  17. Capt.Tim Says:

    Williams and Benn = Swann and Stallworth for Tampa bay . Add Dezmon Bricoe and you have 3- 6’2″ fast, strong killers. Add Preston Parker and life is good. Can’t wait for that 4some to hit together

  18. Derek 'OldSchool' Fournier Says:

    I stand by the assessment at camp. Benn will get better each week. His route running is outstanding. He will be open regularly, we just need Josh to find him.

  19. Capt.Tim Says:

    Buc you- I knew we’d find common ground! Agreed! I was expecting a big year from Hayes and Black. Hayes had his only good game last week. They aren’t producing like I though either

  20. derf Says:

    WOW – Benn makes a catch for a TD and now he’s the homerun option?

    Please he still can’t hold Randy Moss’s jockstrap.

    If Benn was sooooo great he would’ve started like Mike Williams

  21. Joe Says:

    Please he still can’t hold Randy Moss’s jockstrap.

    Yeah, Moss is so valuable, he’s gone through three teams in four weeks.

    Williams and Benn have as many rings as Moss does.

  22. oar Says:

    That’s a pretty good deal for rewind, will have to check it out. Also, I do read MrWhite’s AWESOME blog and have to agree it’s eye opening to us fans! Although, it is more difficult to judge a DTs play than a WRs play, or atleast requires more film study/play analysis.

  23. oar Says:

    Since it’s about indivduals, I’ll use the dreaded “stats” term. Moss has 5 tds in those 7 games under two different teams. That third one, no one knows yet? But, Im sure we’ll find out soon enough. I have a feeling “Young to Moss” will be repeated through the rest of the year.

  24. Joe Says:


    Since it’s about indivduals.

    Maybe in fantasy football. Joe’s a reality football kinda guy.

    Joe would rather have the two Bucs rookies. Moss has demonstrated too many times over the years what a selfish cancer he is. How is it that “talents” like Moss and TO have stats up the ying-yang but go through teams like underwear and the only jewelry they wear they bought at Jarrett?

  25. Kyle Says:

    derf you are an idiot willaims and Benn are completely different receivers since Benn is the Y and Williams is the X. If you want to compare anyone to moss compare Williams since both him and moss play the x. You are a true moron and know nothing about this game

  26. oar Says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want Moss either. But he is far better than Benn(or until Benn proves differently).
    BTW I’m not a fantasy football leaguer, I just look at those stats to base individual assumptions on players as indivduals, not teams.
    If rings were the only case for labeling good players, then players like Fitzgerald, Boldin, even Chris Carter, Tim Brown, or Steve Largent would fall into a lesser category, which to me is a shame.
    But, to each thier own!

  27. d-money Says:


    We are in agreement on this one. I’m excited to see if thes guys can develop into an elite tandum.

    Especially with bust….errrr.. MVP in waiting Josh Freeman throwing to them. It should be fun to watch.

  28. oar Says:

    Only time I don’t like busts! LOL!

  29. derf Says:

    Gez Kyle thanks for those encouraging words – NOT.

    My POINT is this – Benn hasn’t proven ANYTHING yet. I’m NOT against Arellius at all. He did great in college and I’m happy that the Bucs drafted him. However, too many people get all hyped up on players after they have 1 good game.

    Moss has TALENT, he’s proven himself and Moss will be in the football Hall of Fame. As for why the Vikings got rid of Randy – that’s all on Childress’s shoulders – he’s a FOOL as a HC.

    As Joe according to your NONSENSICAL argument I guess Dan Marino is as valuable as Moss too – based on jewlery that is.

    Oh wait I know Joe would rather have Trent Dilfer as his QB than Dan Marino because Trent has more rings?

  30. derf Says:

    I know this was before was around but how many people thought that Clayton was the best thing since sliced bread after his rookie year? Look what happened there…BTW Where is Michael “in the bank” Clayton now?

  31. oar Says:

    Yep, Clayton was “the man” his rookie year and almost every Bucs fan thought he was the real deal. He tainted my proclamtion of having not having a 1st rnd WR bust.

  32. oar Says:

    oops…of not having a 1st rnd bust….put a extra having in there.

  33. gitarlvr Says:

    Benn will be a deep threat. He definitely has a chance to be more of one than Williams. They both have average speed, so no reason to think they will be big deep threats there. However the elite part of Benn’s game as far as how we was scouted coming out of college was his strength. If he can use size and strength to get separation with things like handling CB’s at the line and subtle pushoffs then he can be a deep threat. Williams and Benn should hopefully both develop in that regard tho. Williams is the kind of guy that doesn’t need much separation to catch a bomb because he has that great sense of timing to out jump CB’s and snatch the ball at its highest point. Hopefully these guys will learn to really sell their double moves and they will both be lethal deep threats even without elite speed.

  34. gitarlvr Says:

    That brings up another point- when you have a Qb like Josh that can make cannon throws WITH pinpoint accuracy pretty much any reciever becomes a deep threat cuz he will put the ball where only the reciever can get it.

  35. Capt.Tim Says:

    See! Derf = zero expectations! Who would be so embarrassed by their anonymous comments, that they would change their ANONYMOUS screen name multiple times?? Man, you guys just gotta either get smarter , or quit posting! If you are that embarrassed by what you wrote last time, why do you keep writing the same stuff that made you look that stupid to begin with??!?? Why don’t you try paying attention to the smarter posters, and try understanding what they’re saying? You and RahDom are gonna run out names before ya wise up at this rate! Being the Town fools is more work than I thought! You two just take a beating on every front, lol

  36. BamBamBuc Says:

    Doesn’t hurt to have a run game as well. The play-action pass to Benn last week, Freeman had time to wind up and fire that ball. That was a combination of a run threat, a QB that has the ability to put the ball on a dime 50 yards downfield and a WR getting open and making the catch. If the run game gives Josh that kind of time to throw, we’ve got 4 or 5 deep threats on this team.

  37. Capt.Tim Says:

    Clayton should have been the man. 6’4″, great strength , good size. Good hands! Clayton actually got WORSE every year he spent with Richard Mann and that ‘unnamed dwarf that couldn’t coach any player under 40! Clayton arrived as a much better coached player than he left. Even ‘coach of the Year’ Raheem Moriss couldn’t undo the damage those two nasty Lil gnomes did to the poor Kid! That’s why Morris, and Dominnick, and Me all describe Clayton’s story as a tragedy! What theguy would have became if he had been drafted by this staff . . I’m pulling outta one Buc place here in a few minutes. It would probaly be Called “Michael Claytonville” if he had been a rookie with this staff. By the way – both Williams and Benn have tremendous speed- gitarlvl- you can see that just by watching the games! They both are constantly Running away from CB’s . That’s why both are already getting great reputations as game breakers- don’t have a CLUE what the hell you are

  38. Capt.Tim Says:

    Damn it! -“smoking”. That sounded like a comment from that fool dan Sileo- who watches the games out of his ass!

  39. oar Says:

    Clayton would be better if Raheem was his coach? He and a new WR coach had thier chances with him, how did that work out? Come on man, what are you smoking?

  40. Capt.Tim Says:

    Lol, figured I’d see if that floatd

  41. Capt.Tim Says:

    Should draw out a few of the haters anyway! Lol. They’ve been in deeeeep cover for 2 weeks now! Sorta just chumming the waters. I mentioned the Lil midget coach, that ussually draws them to the surface 🙂

  42. Fire Greg Olson! Says:


    It’s not often I agree with Capt Tim and I only half read his comment. However, I do think that Clayton’s (lack of) development is SOME WHAT attributed to the fact that he never had a franchise QB and the whimsical nature of Gruden’s dog house. That is complete speculation and I have no proof of that statement. But that’s the feeling I get from that situation. No one knows the real story of what went down in the front office with Gruden/Allen.

  43. Capt.Tim Says:

    Too bad you don’t read ALL my comments. Then you’d know TWICE as much about football!