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« : June 22, 2012, 09:00:45 PM »

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dallas Clark Can Succeed in 2012
 

June 22, 2012 9:06 am
 








Once regarded as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, the past two seasons have not been kind to Dallas Clark.
 
This season he will get a new start in Tampa and the question that needs to be answered is, will he be relevant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
 
2010
Things were looking good for Clark heading into 2010 as he was coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season in the NFL.
 
However, a wrist injury/surgery would limit Clark to six games. In those six games Clark would have just 37 receptions, 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
 
2011
Things were not much better in 2011, having to play for the first time without Peyton Manning while again dealing with injuries. Clark played in just 11 games, tallying 325 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
 
2012
Looking forward to 2012, there are two factors working against Clark in Tampa Bay.
 
First is his past injuries. As mentioned previously, Clark missed parts of the last two seasons because of injuries limiting him to just 17 games in the past two seasons. Additionally, Clark has lasted for a complete season just once in nine years. One has to wonder if Clark will have the stamina to play a full 16-game season.
 
A second factor working against Clark is the fact that he is playing for a new team for the first time since 2003. Going to Tampa Bay means that Clark will have to adjust to playing home games outdoors in the Florida heat, while interacting with new teammates, most notably quarterback Josh Freeman. If it takes time for Freeman and Clark to get on the same page, it could further weaken Clark’s stat line.
 
 However, there are also three factors working in Clark’s favor related to coming to Tampa Bay.
 
First is the fact that Clark will not be the only new kid on the block this season. Tampa Bay will have lots of new faces including the coaching staff, players selected in this year’s Draft, and players like Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson. Additionally, since there is a new coaching staff, Clark will be on a level playing field when it comes to learning a new playbook.
 
A second factor working in Clark’s favor is the lack of talent at the receiver position for Tampa Bay. In 2011, Tampa Bay’s receiving crew managed just 17 touchdowns, while ranking 17th in the league in total receiving yards. If Clark can adequately replace Kellen Winslow as a go-to target for Freeman, his stats could see a nice boost.
 
A third factor working in Clark’s favor is his size. Tight ends have dual duties in the NFL as both receivers and blockers. Clark is listed as 6-foot-3 inches, and 252 pounds, which could help him have success even if his stat line has flat-lined.
 
Final Analysis
In the end only time will tell what kind of impact Clark will make in Tampa Bay. He could thrive with a new team and a new quarterback, or prior injuries and age could prove too much for him to overcome.
 
 







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« #1 : June 22, 2012, 09:09:54 PM »

   Certainly in the locker room, and as a mentor to our very young corp of TE's. He may well be used as a 3rd down specialist instead of starting to help preserve him for a few years. Especially true if Drake Dunsmore is the real deal...

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« #2 : June 22, 2012, 09:21:47 PM »

I think Clark will end up playing a much bigger role than most people think. Probably end the season with 60+ catches and at least 5 TDs.


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« #3 : June 22, 2012, 11:36:51 PM »

Yay, another throwaway article by someone who knows nothing about the team

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« #4 : June 23, 2012, 12:09:35 AM »

Way to take a stance in that final analysis......Jackson will pick up the missed production from cutting Winslow, Clark is here to be a "Buccaneer Man"


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« #5 : June 23, 2012, 02:07:29 AM »

I think Clark will end up playing a much bigger role than most people think. Probably end the season with 60+ catches and at least 5 TDs.


I agree, and also think that it's not like he has had major injuries to his legs or something like that.  With the lack of playing the last few years one would think that his wrist has had time to heal adequately.  He is a hard worker and I DO think he will help Freeman and knows how to develop chemistry with a QB, well.  Having the weapons we have on the Offense, Clark should be able to get open and be a great outlet for Freeman.

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« #6 : June 23, 2012, 07:38:36 AM »

With Clark, Parker, and Martin....I expect our 3rd down conversation rate to be triple what it was last year.


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« #7 : June 23, 2012, 12:19:09 PM »

Yay, another throwaway article by someone who knows nothing about the team

They are non stop...

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« #8 : June 23, 2012, 12:25:38 PM »

Clark is old, injury prone, and has hands of stone.


He doesn;t have one of the most precise passers in the NFL throwing him the ball anymore.  He has a QB who struggles with ball placement.  I think Clark is a massive downgrade in talent.  But we roll onward.



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« #9 : June 23, 2012, 01:58:53 PM »

Clark is old, injury prone, and has hands of stone.




You can make an argument for the 1st two , but hands of stone? That's complete BS and you know it.

What is your point? I was wrong? Ok. You win. I was wrong.

           

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« #10 : June 23, 2012, 02:02:47 PM »

2010
Things were looking good for Clark heading into 2010 as he was coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season in the NFL.
 
However, a wrist injury/surgery would limit Clark to six games. In those six games Clark would have just 37 receptions, 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Hey, prorated out, he was going to have a pretty good season in 2010!

There\'s a very real chance the Bucs waive [Revis] before next season. At the very least, it will be a discussion worth having.

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« #11 : June 23, 2012, 02:05:18 PM »

LOL!   In 2010 in six games he had 'just' 37 receptions for around 350 yards and 3 tds.   Um....when I extrapolate that out over a full season, he would have about 100 receptions for just under 1,000 yards and 8 tds.    Yeah...really poor production.    Last year was bad....but did anyone post big numbers for the Colts last year?

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« #12 : June 23, 2012, 02:20:20 PM »

Clark is old, injury prone, and has hands of stone.


He doesn;t have one of the most precise passers in the NFL throwing him the ball anymore.  He has a QB who struggles with ball placement.  I think Clark is a massive downgrade in talent.  But we roll onward.

Hands of stone? Really??

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« #13 : June 23, 2012, 02:21:15 PM »

His value in the locker room will likely be worth more than having that azzhole Winslow in the building.

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« #14 : June 23, 2012, 03:02:29 PM »

He had 8 drops in sixty or so targets.  That is awful.  And he made no excuses for it last year.

He had hands of stone last year.

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