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January 5, 2011 @ 11:19 am
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Four Bucs Selected To Football Outsiders All-Rookie Team

Written by Wolf
Tampa Bay became the first team since the merger in 1970 to start 10 or more rookies and have a winning season. Because of that, it is only natural to assume that the Buccaneers had some solid first-year players. Football Outsiders seems to think so and named four Bucs – running back LeGarrette Blount, wide receiver Mike Williams, left guard Ted Larsen, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy – to their All-Rookie team.
Wide Receiver: Mike Williams, Buccaneers. Williams can make all the tough catches and does a great job snatching the ball from the air. He has a knack for getting open on deep post routes, and he is tough to single-cover on long passes because he can leap in front of defenders. He has a lot of room to grow, and I am reluctant to praise him too lavishly because of Post-Michael Clayton Stress Disorder, but Williams has the makings of another Roddy White.

Guard: Ted Larsen, Buccaneers. The Bucs are just dripping with solid young players, but then so are the Patriots, who drafted Larsen in the sixth round but released him at the end of camp. Larsen is more penalty-prone than the other linemen on this team (seven flags, three of them holds), but he's growing into his role, and he can slide over to center in a pinch.

Defensive Tackle: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers. McCoy impressed as a run defender before getting hurt, with 17 Stops and eight Defeats on running plays.

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    PewterReport.com's Take: Tampa Bay could almost field an entire starting lineup on both sides of the ball with as many rookies as they have played this season, but the four mentioned deserve the recognition they received. Blount and Williams were obvious choices for this list due to their breakout seasons. Blount finished with 1,007 rushing yards and six touchdowns, despite playing in just 12 games. Williams finished with 964 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, which is a Tampa Bay franchise record. McCoy also started to come on later in the year before his season-ending bicep injury and amassed three sacks in his final two games. To some the surprise of the group is Larsen, but not if you’ve seen him play. Larsen progressed so rapidly his during rookie season that the team released veteran Keydrick Vincent in Week 6 and Larsen started every game since. He is a versatile interior lineman that can play multiple positions along the O-line and he really helped the Bucs’ blocking in the second half the season. Along with those four players, the Bucs have a plethora of other talented rookies and that should help them build a winning franchise for years to come.

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    I like his Legarrette Blount analysis: Legarrette Blount. Period.
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    In respect to Ted, at least spell his name right.... "LARSEN"
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    I'd like Grimm also...overall great honor for Bucs and validation for coaching staff and Dom's draft team....whew, we ARE going to need sunglasses from now on...lol
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    Lol, "Post-Michael Clayton Stress Disorder". Also, since they pick different positions I would have picked Grimm AND Larson.
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    I would have picked Grimm over Larson, but Larson was solid, and you can't really ask for more as a rookie lineman.
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