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February 9, 2011 @ 3:23 pm
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Benn Eyes Training Camp Return

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Bucs WR Arrelious Benn is progressing from a late season knee injury. Benn said his rehab is going well and he envisions being ready for training camp.
While many teammates have been getting away from football and the team facility, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn has been working hard at One Buc Place since the end of the 2010 season. Benn suffered a torn knee ligament after taking a helmet to his left knee from Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant in the Bucs Week 16 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Benn, one of the team’s starting receivers, had caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Josh Freeman at the 14:27 mark in the second half when he sustained the injury.

 Benn was moving well without a limp or brace on his knee on Wednesday at the Buccaneers Play 60 Challenge.

“Rehab is coming along great. I’m doing all the things I need to do. I’m just looking ahead to the season coming up,” said Benn. “Right now I’m not looking at a timetable. I’m taking it one day at a time getting better. I’ll be right and ready to go when it is time to go (training camp).”

The Buccaneers traded up in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft to select Benn. He entered the draft after his junior season in Illinois. The Washington D.C. product Benn started out the season as a backup before taking over the starting Z (flanker) receiver position. Benn talked about how the injury has impacted his offseason thus far.

“It doesn’t change anything. I’m doing all the things I would do if I didn’t have this injury,” said Benn. “I’m just getting right and getting cardio going. I’m also resting my body because this is the first break I’ve had in a while coming from college to the draft and all that. Everything is the same. The timetable is one day at a time and get better each day and be ready.”

Benn became the fourth member of the team's 2010 draft class to end the season on injured reserve, joining defensive tackles Brian Price and Gerald McCoy and safety Cody Grimm. Benn also was the eighth Tampa Bay starter to wind up on injured reserve last season. So far this offseason Benn said that injured running back Kareem Huggins and Grimm have also been rehabbing their injuries at One Bucs Place.

Benn recorded 25 receptions for 395 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He averaged 16 yards per catch. Halfway through the season Benn broke out against the Arizona Cardinals with a 53-yard reception to the Arizona one-yard line to set up the game-winning touchdown. He scored for the first time in his professional career a week later at Atlanta. In his homecoming Benn went over 100-yards in a game with a four catch 122-yard game.

“It felt good, I was comfortable. I knew the playbook and I knew what I was doing,” said Benn of his strong finish. “Each week I became a bigger part of the offense. I was coming along great and coaches were gaining trust in me. I was just going out there and having fun.”

Benn’s injury prevented him from playing in the season finale at New Orleans and will most likely deny him from practicing during the spring OTAs (organized team activities) if the team is able to hold them.

“I was disappointed but I got over it because I knew how hard I was going to work to come back next year,” said Benn. “I’m not worried about it. I know my drive.”  

The potential lock out by the owners due the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement could force Benn to have to finish his offseason work away from the team facility.

“Oh yeah I have a plan for what I’m going to do in rehab to get better,” said Benn. “I’ll just be ready and go full speed ahead.”

Benn said his teammates are prepared to start doing some private workouts if they are denied the team facility as a result of a work stoppage. 

“I’m pretty sure about that,” said Benn. “We are a young team but we have a lot of guys that want to be leaders. I’m pretty sure we will organize something if we have to.  For right now we are just going to work out and relax. It is a long time before the season starts. We’ll get in our playbooks, and enjoy the offseason.”
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    I heard on the radio that The Bucs have given Freeman SEVERAL boxes of game film and fully expect him to get WRs and DBs together for their own personal OTAs. Freeman also said he has a few sites picked out around the area for some practices if there is a lockout
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    It was one year to judge so far so people should ease of the Benn vs Golden Tate comparisons. Niether gave us enough to compare and it has not been nearly long enough. You need AT LEAST 3 years to see how a draft pick pans out. That said, I was definately NOT a Tate or Benn fan in the draft. But, like all of us, what do I know... one or both could end up being a pro-bowler
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    Awesome! I'm a Benn fan so I love hearing stuff like this. In fact, I can't remember the last time I could say this, but there isn't a player on the Buc's roster that I truly dislike as a player. I think Dominik and Morris cleared them all out. There are guys that I think we could easily improve upon, but no one that I get pissed off about every time I hear their name as a Buc like Sabby, Clayton, Ward, Griese or R. Sims. Go Bucs!!
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    GeorgeHicks: You're 65? In the words of the first Bucs Pro Bowl player, Dave Pear, "Whoda thunk it"? Being a baby boomer myself, it's nice to have guys like you and Horse on this site who remember the days when not everyone had something called a television. Benn was certainly coming on strong when he was injured. I wonder if JDouble's favorite player, Golden Tate asked his teammate Trufant to go at Benn's knee.
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    Excellent news that Benn is on track. Look for this guy to put up some numbers in 2011...what do you think...2 receivers with 1,000 plus yards and Blount breaking 1500???
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    This last draft was so amazing. I wonder if in 5 yrs and realize this was the best draft in team history. Getting freeman the yr before didn't hurt either. I hope Morris and company can do the same on Defense this yr. It is fun to be a bucs fan again.
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    I think this was an added plus when Tampa pick two class A additions to the Bucs family. I am looking forward to 2011 season even if Iam 65 yrs young. It seems that after all these years that Tampa may have a much bad offense firepower as well as a bad defense that's going to rock the teams that Tampa plays in 2011. I'd can't wait to see the great matchup of the world champions Green Bay Packers to hope the 2011 Tampa Bay Bucs World Champions. Then maybe Tampa will finally label as a one year wonder. To a two time super bowl Champions. Why Not! I believe It Can Be Done! The schedule ie right. Lets the season begin if the owners and the players union would get off their blank blank. They have to remember its the fans that pays the owners and the players their salaries. GO BUCS.GLH
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    Both Benn and Williams are going to give defensive coordinators nightmares for a very long time to come. Great picks, great character guys, great receivers.
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    The more I saw of Benn, the more I was impressed with his game. Hated seeing him get hurt. Can't wait until next season.
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    Would like to see an article on how all are injured players are doing in their rehab. Talib, Price, Grimm, what's going on with these guys?
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    Surferdudes I saw something a week ago that said everyone (Talib, Price, Grimm, McCoy) is right on shcedule or ahead of schedule except Benn. Mainly because his injury happened so late
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    Very glad to hear that Benn is right on schedule. Go Bucs!
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    where are the idiots that complained Golden tate wasnt the pick?
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    Hope everything works out for Benn, he is a great fit to this team.
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    Benn, get healthy bud, you should have a great yr coming up
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    Great news, if his timetable works out. For no credible reason I'm not a fighting Illini fan. But, Benn has worked his way onto my favorite players list with his aggresive play style and work ethic. Having a starting reciever (actually 2) that can block well--oh, and catch the football--is something new to me over the past few years. I'm quickly getting used to it.
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