The Myron Lewis Riddle

March 12th, 2013

the riddler

Joe found it more than interesting yesterday when he learned Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was shopping wide receiver Arrelious Benn.

A former second round draft pick, Benn pretty much had his career hijacked by an ugly knee injury as a rookie and has never been the same. In fact, it seems as if he has been cursed.

If what Jason La Canfora of reported is true, it only stands to reason, sadly, the Bucs have given up on Benn and are willing to move on.

It’s too bad. The guy is a hard worker and you won’t find a better dude.

This brings Joe to one of the most popular of Bucs players, cornerback Myron Lewis.

Like Benn, Lewis was part of the vaunted 2010 draft class. Unlike Benn, Lewis, a third round draft pick, has never shown an ability, save for a spurt or two against second and third teamers in training camp, to be deemed worthy of a third round pick much less a starting job.

Like Benn, Lewis has been injury prone, but none of his injuries were even close to being as nasty as Benn had with his knee.

Joe thought it was telling that last year, each week it seemed, the Bucs trotted out a cornerback they pulled away from a real estate office or a beer distributorship to come off the street and take the field. Yet all the while, there was Lewis (when he wasn’t hurt) sitting on the sidelines with his hands on his hips.

Now Joe knows a general manager will give a high draft pick all the rope he needs to establish himself. But if the Bucs are willing to wave goodbye to Benn, it also stands to reason that the Myron Lewis Experiment has run its course as well.

It’s hard to justify Lewis’ roster spot when last year the Bucs were signing gravediggers to play ahead of him.

How Lewis has lasted this long is still something of a riddle.

At least Benn, sans those annoying “Benn’d Around” plays, has shown an ability to be an NFL player.

17 Responses to “The Myron Lewis Riddle”

  1. teacherman777 Says:

    Check out his contract.

    Benn is kind of a diva.

    That’s why he’s gone.

  2. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    I will never forget when Moron Lewis Tweeted & complained from a pre-season game “this is the worst police escort ever” <— THIS FOOL JUDGES POLICE ESCORTS

  3. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ego trip!!! Teams hate to admit they made a mistake in the draft. It is no different in the business world. You hire an employee that doesn’t work out. It is a reflection on the person doing the hiring.
    It takes a real pro who is secure in their job to cut a higher draft pick loose.
    Its time for Lewis to go.
    We may be facing the same thing with Najee Goode and Keith Tandy. They may just not be good enough!!!

  4. Macabee Says:

    Of all the Bucs players drafted early, to me Myron Lewis is the most disappointing. The guy had good numbers coming out of Vandy and had a good combine. And he looks physically like the model for an NFL corner. Guy came from a good family and has a good head on his shoulders, probably should have chosen another profession.

    On another note, looks like the field is cleared for the Bucs and Goldson. NFL AM is reporting that Detroit is now pursuing Glover Quinn.

  5. Jacko101 Says:

    Najee and Tandy that was totally Shiano’s mistake, he felt that they did good against Rutgers so they will do good at the next level. (Wrong thus far)

  6. Kevin Says:

    @teacherman – I’ve gotta ask – what in Benn’s contract makes him a diva?

  7. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    I read in this morning’s Jason LaCanfora’s Free Agency Forecast that we are in the following sweepstakes for the services of:

    QB: Drew Staton and Matt Cassel
    DE: Cliff Avril, Connor Barwin
    CB: Sean Smith

  8. Meh Says:

    Lewis was a terrible pick, and it was obvious the day of the draft. Just a poor, poor choice and it has played out exactly like I expected it to. Time to cut ties with the busts.

  9. chris Says:

    They still like Lewis potential. And think if he’s cut it won’t be til after training camp and preseason.

  10. Macabee Says:

    With all of the talk about acquiring safeties, what’s the outlook for Cody Grimm?

  11. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Potential is affordable for a first year player….potential doesn’t win….performance wins!!!

  12. FlBoy84 Says:

    Being that Schiano came out and mentioned Black by name as someone he saw some good things from, you’d have to think if the Bucs add a safety in FA Grimm will be visited by the reaper.

    As far as Lewis goes, mentioned this in another post but when that guy dies, he’ll STILL probably have a locker over at One Buc. Crazy how he’s lasted this long.

  13. 76buc76 Says:

    I would love it if we signed Drew Stanton.He’s held a clipboard long enough.Would love it if he beat out Freeman.Then when a team’s QB goes down.We can pitch Freeman in a trade ala the Raider’s and Palmer

  14. Tom Says:

    Joe talks about how wretched Benn’s ACL injury was and how it hampered his career. Funny, I don’t recall people discussing how gruesome the injury was at the time. In fact, Benn returned to action fairly quickly if Joe can remember reporting on that the following offseason. How many games did Benn miss in 2011 due to the ACL injury? Any? He played in 14.

    He wasn’t very good. He isn’t very good. Hard worker, not able to grasp the offense, not the player Dom thought he was. But keep running with the injury story Joe, ACL’s really destroyed Wes Welker and Adrian Peterson’s careers as well as countless other present day players. Benn actually had his career high in yardage, catches and TD’s the year AFTER he tore his ACL. Go figure.

  15. Capt. Tim Says:

    Lewis hasn’t shown much, and even less interest in being on the field

    Only strange thing to me is- coming out of college, many scouting reports stated that he would move to safety in the NFL( ala our SuperBowl safety Dwight Smith). With his apparent struggles at CB, I would have expected him to get a look a safety.

    Either way- it’s time for him to go. He has way too many nicks and dings, that keep him from playing.

  16. Tom Says:

    Problem with Lewis at safety is he is as soft as a fresh baked roll.

    The last thing I want to see is Lewis getting run over/missing a tackle and the Bucs giving up a 65 yard touchdown as a result.

  17. john Says:

    Another blown draft pick by the administrator. In the deepest draft in 20 years we get one starter.