Looks Like Benn Must Re-Earn KR Gig

November 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.

26 Responses to “Looks Like Benn Must Re-Earn KR Gig”

  1. Colorado Buc Says:

    There is no damn shame in taking a knee and starting at the 20. Special teams gives me tiny heartattacks every Sunday.

  2. terry4505 Says:

    Remember when Benn was drafted ahead of Mike Williams?

  3. J-VillesBuc84 Says:

    Give Michael Smith a 2nd chance!!

  4. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Benn is stealing money at this point

  5. raphael Says:

    not sure if Xavier Rhodes has experience returning kicks or not….but thats our next CB..

  6. BigMacAttack Says:

    CB’s are at a premium right now and don’t need to be returning kicks. They can barely cover passes as it is and no more on their plates.

  7. BigMacAttack Says:

    Adam Hayward in for Quincy Sunday.

    I predict he will score his 2’nd TD.

    On the record.

  8. Jglazer Says:

    Still wondering what happened to Smith. In preseason he looked promising.

  9. raphael Says:

    wondering about smith as well

  10. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    @Raphael… Agree 100% that Xavier Rhodes is our CB in the draft next year (maybe Jonathan Banks).

  11. SacBucs Says:

    Colorado wassup I see that your state pass the law..changed the whole culture of your city huh?

  12. Adam Says:

    It’s going to be tough for him to regain the starting job when the coaches keep telling him that the 1pm games start at 4.

  13. Pete Dutchr Says:

    I don’t see how anyone can predict the draft at this point in the season. Way too early.

    These video ads that play audio? They are now casing IE to hang up on me. Everything freezes for about 3 seconds. It froze 4 times while typing this. And there was no pause on the vdeos either.

  14. Pete Dutchr Says:

    “casing” = Causing”

  15. upthegut Says:

    Regis Benn = michael clayton

  16. Buc'It Says:


    negative, Clayton atleast had ONE good year, Benn has nothing to his resume and is basically just talked about potential

  17. RCH Says:

    ” Maybe next year one of the cornerbacks the Bucs’ draft will be able to return kicks.”

    Because we all know were gonna draft atleast one. I’m thinking first and second pick.

  18. Gus Says:

    I think we redshirt Smith

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    Benn had an excellent 2010′ season with some big catches. He’ll do it again.

    More importantly is team.

    Just win baby!!!

  20. Paul Says:

    Can’t they get Clifton Smith back? the knock on him was he was only a pr/kr. but thats what we got now…

  21. kaymbee Says:

    I dislike the video ads and find myself coming here less often now because of them.

  22. kaymbee Says:

    I think Michael has spent enough time in the doghouse. Let him play.

  23. Colorado Buc Says:


    Hasn’t changed anything except for the fact that if you are caught with Marijuana it is not looked at as a crime. People who smoke it do it indoors, I never see/smell it in public(Except for at the System of a Down Concert). Hasn’t really changed anything, but perception and tax revenues.

  24. Joe Says:


    Peanut Smith is done. He’s had too many concussions and he couldn’t hand on to the football.

  25. tidalguy Says:

    I find my self using the mute key here more than usual.

  26. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Kickoffs just haven’t been as exciting since they changed the rules.