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September 20, 2010 @ 8:08 am
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Olson Wants To Get Stroughter More Involved

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In Sunday’s 20-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Josh Freeman completed 12-of-24 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while compiling a quarterback rating of 102.4. However, of those 12 completions, only two of them went to a wide receiver. Mike Williams had both of those catches for 54 yards and one of Freeman’s two scores.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson was pleased with the production he got from other position groups, but admitted that second-year pro Sammie Stroughter was not used nearly enough.

“Kellen (Winslow) obviously had a big day for us,” said Olson. “We knew Cadillac (Williams) and Earnest (Graham) were going to be a part of that gameplan, but other than that Sammie is the one receiver that we really felt like we left out after watching the film and looking at the statistics afterwards.”

Stroughter, who caught two passes for 32 yards last week, was only targeted once against the Panthers and that was on a ball that Freeman intentionally threw away. Olson put the blame squarely on his shoulders for not getting Stroughter more involved.

“I need to do a better job of getting the ball in Sammie Stroughter’s hands. He is an explosive player for us and he can do some things. That is the one thing that I came out with is that we have to do a better job of getting the ball to Sammie.”

Olson will have to rectify that problem soon with the Pittsburgh Steelers and their stingy defense coming into town this week. With Pittsburgh allowing only 20 points through two games, that Bucs will need as many weapons as they can get.

Last modified on Monday, 20 September 2010 12:10

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    Our running game just isn't working and that can't be a surprise to anyone. Bringing in two new running backs is an admission of the coaching staff that they have to start over. Until the running game gets going or to help the running game get going......throw the ball. That's the strenght of the offense. Winslow, Stroughter, Williams, Benn and a quarterback that is off to a great start should be the focus against the Steelers and the 2010 season. A 5 yard dump-off or swing pass is better than a failed 2 yard run off tackle any day. This is not rocket science!!!
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    Here's a thought, how about we don't stop there and we get more people involved. I don't think the bucs will do it but since the run game is broken right now, how about we put 3 wrs and Winslow out wide for a 4 wr look and huggins in the back field and take a page out of the pats playbook when they embarrassed the steelers
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    destinedbuc, I think you're on to something here. I completely agree with you about going 3 wide and 4 wide with 1 rb. Lets spread Pittsburghs D out and get some of thoes nasty linebackers off the field, and replace them with smaller db's. That way Pittsburgh's linebackers wont have a chance to rush Freeman and cause havoc in our back field.
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    We have Lumpkin, Blount and Huggins to develop, I don't think we need Lynch. We might not even need an RB in the next draft.... You're right on Sammie being open, he's been open several times, Freeman seems a bit focused on Williams and K2 (he's a rook still). I think he'll get there - they need to focus on the route running with 3-4 receivers and a TE so he gets used to his reads.... I think it will come in time (and hopefully next week, as I think Sammie will be an excellent option against the Steelers.
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    Sammie was WIDE OPEN a couple times. One time he was open in the end zone. I know Mike Williams is the new stud reciever, but lets not forget who helped us win those last couple games last year
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    Seeing how he is running around wide open half the time it only makes sense to throw him the ball.
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    We need speed at RB. Caddy has lost a step (or two). Marshawn Lynch can be had in a trade.
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    Last draft we really addressed Defense with our first 2 picks. I think we will focus on OL and RB in this coming draft. Our OL has a lot to be desired. They are not horrible, but just adequate for the time being.
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    Well, he's not as tall as K2 or as fast as Williams, but.... Look at what Welker has been able to accomplish in Foxboro - he's not the fastest/tallest/strongest, but he's scoring TD's out of the slot on slants. Stroughter is gold and catches almost everything thrown his way, I'd like to see him targeted more often as well.
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