Undoubtedly you have seen what rookie wide outs Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn have been able do in the passing game this season. Both young receivers have had a tremendous impact on the offense and have sparked the Bucs with explosive plays. Williams has been the better of the two with 40 receptions for 627 yards (15.7 avg.) and five touchdowns, but Benn has come on as of late and has 11 catches for 172 yards (15.6 avg.) with two touchdowns.
But lost in all of the numbers they have put up this season has been their run blocking. Over the past four games Tampa Bay is averaging 141.3 yards on the ground and the blocking on the outside by Williams and Benn has a lot to do with that. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson says that his two rookie receivers have impressed the coaching staff with their blocking skills.
“I think what is encouraging to us as a coaching staff is their willingness to block and their ability to block on the perimeter,” said Olson. “A lot of times maybe you will have a slightly built receiver on one side so your run game to the other side may suffer, but we don’t have that right now. There was a moment in the game early [Sunday] when (LeGarrette) Blount scored his first touchdown and Mike Williams came off the field and said, ‘Hey coach, I have been telling you that you have to run behind all year long. You got to start running behind me.’ They joke about their willingness to block so that is real encouraging for us.
"They are both built for this game, for the NFL game, to last through a 16-game schedule and to have the body type to block. It will helps us out in the play-action passing game because of their willingness to block."