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August 8, 2012 @ 3:41 pm
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Lewis Feels His Confidence Rising

Written by Victoria
Victoria Horchak 


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Myron Lewis was drafted in the third round by the Buccaneers in 2010. The cornerback has struggled to stay healthy and earn playing time since then, but feels 2012 may be the year he puts it all together.
Entering his third year in the NFL, cornerback Myron Lewis is seeing an increase in his confidence level on the playing field. Lewis recently spoke to local reporters about his new found trust in his abilities.

“It is up,” Lewis said. “I am just trying to get my hands on the ball. Every time I get my hands on the ball I know I am doing something right. Just to play the right technique and get the right calls and get my hands on the receivers—I take everything one day at a time. One technique at a time and I go from there.”

Lewis’s increased confidence level may be the result of the cornerback knowing head coach Greg Schiano believes in his ability to play the game.

“Coach Schiano is pretty hard on me,” Lewis said. “He has all the confidence in the world in me. He just wants me to be more confident in myself. He knows I can play and he told me just go out there and be hard on yourself—just focus. He said he loved guys like me you know big corners. So you just go out there and play. Do the right technique and everything follows then.”

An example of his increased confidence is evident in his ability to read the receiver’s body. During last Thursday’s practice the 6-foot-2 Lewis intercepted quarterback Dan Orlovsky in the end zone on a pass that was intended for wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

“I was in good position,” Lewis said. “I saw the ball and grabbed it at highest point. Just used my technique that coach Schiano and coach (Ron) Cooper taught me. Played the defense well. Read the receiver’s hip and once he went up for the ball I looked up and grabbed the ball at its highest point.”

The 24 year-old former Vanderbilt player, who has been injury plagued his short time in the NFL, feels the need to pressure himself to stay healthy because he believes in his ability to perform his job.

“A lot of pressure,” Lewis said. “I have been hurt the past two years and you know nobody has really seen me play. So I am just putting that pressure on me to stay healthy and do my job. I know I can play —they drafted me for a reason so I [have] to go out there and play and try to stay [as] healthy as possible.”

Although Lewis only had four tackles last season and played in 10 games due to injuries, he is doing everything he can to ensure that he is able to be on the field and stay healthy in order to help his teammates this upcoming season.

“I have been eating right [and] trying to stretch every night,” Lewis said.  “Then strengthening my hamstring. So that was my main focus to eat right. Then strengthen my muscles and stretching.”
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    Horse, I know you didn't call Lewis a "playa", but that label shouldn't be used in the same sentence with Lewis. I don't know if Myron will ever make it as a CB in the NFL, but it won't be because he's distracted by the high life. You remember Horatio Alger - Hard work, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, realizing the American dream- not a "playa". Following is a snippet from Lewis's Bio at Vandy--------Myron A. Lewis... Son of Gloria Milligan and Myron Lewis Sr... Has four brothers... Lewis earned a degree in Human and Organizational Development, finishing in December 2009. He is a 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient... Mom works for local school system; dad is electrician... Two brothers, Hamin Milligan and Hanik Milligan, are currently playing pro football... Hopes to become a business owner... An honors student who enjoys perfect school attendance... Recipient of Horatio Algers Scholarship.
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    macabee, Okay I apologize and thank you for bringing that out. Once again I am not always perfect when I try to be cute. In no one did i mean for Lewis to be put in that type of definition. I thought when I had read the word playa in a past article it was meaning that someone was talking more than actually performing.
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    Horse: The young man went to Vanderbilt. Not many "playas" there.......players either for that matter.
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    It took Ronde some time to blossom. Maybe he will take a lesson from that. I hope he is learning all he can from Ronde. Ronde is THE MAN.
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    I hope the kid makes it. He has to have confidence in his own abilities. He has the size and if anyone can save him it is Schiano.
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    Okay, Lewis talk the talk; lets see if you can walk the walk when regular season starts. Lewis has a ways to go yet until he is declared an NFL player and not a playa. Go Bucs! Get Better! By the way, thank you Glazers for giving the shoes out this morning to kids who need school attire. Well done.
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    You know the other nice thing about this kid is that he went to Vandy'. So he's probably pretty smart. No guarantees but more than likely he's got a few extra marbles up there. If he can get his physical issues sorted out which he seems to be doing he could very well have a very high ceiling.
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    Well, we all hope you'll do well this year Lewis. The Bucs need some great CB's that's for sure. I'm just not sure you're one of them yet, but the preseason would be the perfect start to changing my mind. That's where Biggers won a starting job in 2010 by shutting down Brandon Marshall and showing great tackling skills. Lewis, I think you play well in short areas, like a zone flat or in the red zone. You just need to stop getting beat deep ALL the time.
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