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August 24, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
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Morris Talks Starting Z Receiver, Starter's Playing Time Vs. Jags

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Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris discussed the final battle for a starting spot on the Bucs roster on Tuesday afternoon. Morris picked Sean Jones to be his starting strong safety and Keydrick Vincent to be his starting left guard. The only position Morris sees as undecided is the starting Z (flanker) receiver.

"The only real positional battle that is not written in stone yet, is the 'Z' receiver spot," said Morris. "Right now our X is pretty much written in stone with Mike Williams. We got a nice battle still looming at the Z receiver position with Maurice Stovall, Arrelious Benn, Mike Clayton, and Reggie Brown. That's the only spot that is not solidified with as starters. There are other guys that are fighting for playing time like Kareem Huggins and Derrick Ward. Who's going to be that guy behind Cadillac and getting those carries? Other than that I believe we are sound and set to go everywhere else across the board."

Stovall started the first preseason game at the Z spot, but missed the last game with an ankle injury. Morris characterized him as week-to-week. The Bucs had a walkthrough practice on Tuesday at a local hotel ballroom. Wednesday could be Stovall's first practice back, but his timetable to return to the competition is unclear.

On Saturday the Buccaneers host the Jacksonville Jaguars and that game will feature more of the competition to start opposite of Williams. Morris said the starters will play the first half, and either the starting defense or offense would play the first possession in the third quarter depending on who is supposed to get the ball.

"On both sides of the ball, the plan right now without throwing you guys a curve ball and having you yell at me after the game. The plan is to let both sides of the ball first unit play the first half," said Morris. "Whoever gets the ball can come out of the second half can come out the tunnel. Whoever has the ball we would like to see him go out there and get some snaps as far as coming out of the tunnel and being ready. That is the one thing we have not practiced throughout the offseason and pre-season, it is not something you can simulate. You can not simulate going to the locker room and getting coaching points, detailing your work, coming back out and correcting or getting better whatever the situation may be."

~ Megan Macaluso contributed to this report.

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