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August 29, 2012 @ 11:45 am
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PR Analysis: Five Offensive Players On The Bubble

Written by Mark
Cook
Mark Cook

Mark
Cook

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Even with the roster cuts this week the Buccaneers still have several players to go before reaching the 53-man NFL roster limit. With one preseason game left Mark Cook takes a look at five offensive players that could be on the bubble heading into the Redskins game.
With the final preseason game set for Wednesday night against the Redskins on the road, time is running out for several players to make their case for a roster spot.

PewterReport.com editor-in-chief Mark Cook takes a look at five players who he feels is on the bubble and will need a strong game against Washington in order to make the final 53-man roster.

Today Cook focuses on offense after addressing defensive side Tuesday.

Wide Receiver Preston Parker
Parker has gone from training camp darling, to someone Buccaneers fans are debating whether if he should even make the roster. Parker looked like a solid lock to make the team a few weeks ago, but after two fumbles on punts in the first two preseason games, and a few in practices during camp, it is a possibility head coach Greg Schiano decides to go in a different direction. While much has been made of attention to detail so far under Schiano’s reign, ball security may be the single most important thing that the new head coach has preached throughout camp. Putting balls on the ground is simply unacceptable with this new staff and unfortunately for Parker, he has been guilty on more than one occasion. Parker has shown improvement as a receiver in the slot and probably has had the fewest drops of any of the receivers during all of the mini-camps, OTAs and training camp practices. But the former Nole has most likely seen his last days as a punt returner which makes him one dimensional and the question is, do you keep a roster spot for basically a third down receiver?

Tight End Drake Dunsmore
Dunsmore hasn’t been terrible nor has he been terrific so far this preseason. With just two catches for nine yards through the first three exhibition games so far, Dunsmore, despite being part of Schiano’s first draft class (seventh round), could end up being a roster casualty without an impressive game
Wednesday in Washington. Other than Dallas Clark, Dunsmore may have the best hands of the tight end group, and is a precise route runner but lacks ideal blocking skills and finds himself behind Clark, Luke Stocker, and Zach Pianalto on the current depth chart. Dunsmore admitted on a conference the night he was drafted that he was rarely called on to block in the offensive system he played in at Northwestern. Dunsmore will need to shine tonight in order to make an impression and if not could be the only one of the team’s seven draft selections to not make the roster.


Wide Receiver Sammie Stroughter
Not a nicer guy can be found in the Buccaneers locker room, but unfortunately nice counts very little in the grand scheme of things when shaping an NFL roster. Stroughter was a surprise when he made the roster as a seventh round draft pick in 2009 and has shown glimpses of productivity during his career. The problem with Stroughter has been in the inability to stay healthy. Last season in the season opener against Detroit Stroughter broke a bone in his foot returning a kickoff, his second foot injury in three seasons. Another thing that hurts Stroughter’s chances of making the team is the emergence of Michael Smith as the Bucs’ primary kick returner through the preseason. Stroughter may get some return opportunities tonight at Washington, and must make the most of them to impress the staff.

Running Back Mossis Madu
The Buccaneers coaching staff and even Josh Freeman has been high on Madu this offseason and through camp, but Madu could be a victim of a numbers game. With Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount already locks to make the roster, and rookie Michael Smith looking close to a lock, Madu could be the odd man out. Unfortunately for the former Oklahoma Sooner the Buccaneers had to call him up from the practice squad last season due to injuries to Blount and Earnest Graham and by doing so burned up any practice squad eligibility. Depending on the number of backs or fullbacks the Buccaneers decide to keep, Madu may make the final cuts. One more thing to consider – if Tampa Bay enters the season with four running backs, it could possibly be a sign that Blount may be moved in a trade. If Madu is cut, you can bet the Buccaneers plan to keep Blount for the remainder of the season.

Offensive Lineman Desmond Wynn
Wynn was a standout offensive lineman for Greg Schiano at Rutgers but as it has been repeated several times throughout the offseason, former players get no advantage in making the roster. Wynn has exceptional size and also provides some flexibility to play both guard and even tackle if pressed into action in an emergency. Wednesday night, Wynn will get the chance to showcase his guard play, and with the injury to Davin Joseph, it could be golden opportunity for the former Scarlet Knight to earn a roster spot. Even if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster, Wynn could be an ideal practice squad candidate.



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    I can't believe we are talking trade for Blount. This guy had 1800 yds. in two years and playing half the snaps on a poor team and OL play. We need a big power back because the OL has problems again. If Martin has problems or gets hurt who can we turn to, Smith or Madu ?
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    Benn and a 5th for a stud tackle later in his career that can be moved to guard or a guard for that matter.Love Benns potential but that is probably all it will ever be.His high per catch avg may be attractive to other teams and the fact he was a high pick gives any gm the reasoning he needs to make the deal.Like Benn but Parker and Shipley are better slot receivers at this point.Either Benn returns kicks,which he would make a great k o returner or he has no value to the team compared to a real good o lineman. just a thought !! Btw s straughter is by far our best punt returner unless Shipley shows different
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    Mark, are you just funin' about Blount being trade bait?
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    Horse we couldn't get anything but a 4th round pick moving from #5 to #7 in this yrs draft. You think we can get a 3rd for Blount ? We are not that good at trades. Look what Browns gave up to move up one spot. a 4th a 5th and a 7th. IF we get a third for him maybe it is worth it. But it seems we give guys up for 7th rounders all the time that we could get more for.
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    Good argument MC, I see your reasoning. It would be a huge gamble though. Think of the panthers, they understand the importance of having a good rb rotation and there's no guarantee the draft pick would turn out to be as good a player as LGB...
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    If the Bucs could get a second round pick for Blount they would be crazy not to take it - second round running backs in the next draft will be far more effective in the Bucs scheme - and again if they think Madu is good enough to see the field then why not let him (if forced to) - if he isn't good enough to play, then use the roster spot on someone who is at another position. I'm just not convinced that they could get a second rounder....Price for a 7th rounder, K2 for a 7th rounder, trading down out of the big top 5 in the last draft was only worth a 4th rounder - it just seems it's hard to get teams to give up their top draft picks...but if they can get a #2 I say go for it!
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    Here are some of my reasons why it potentially could happen. 1-He could bring as high as a second round pick. Don't thing Dom wouldnt love to get a high pick for someone who was signed for virtually nothing. Sure makes the Price fiasco seem better. 2- Blount, in my opinion is one-dimensional and his skill-set isnt a come off the bench kind of guy. Blount like most big backs, needs several touches to get into the rhythm. I don't see him being an effective off the bench guy, and is still terrible in short yardage. That again isn't his skill-set. Yes he is a great backup and insurance back, however if he isnt on the field what good is he providing? Depth is important, but let me say this – if Dom was offered a second or third for Orlovsky and didnt take it the fans would revolt. What I'm saying is NFL teams gamble with depth at the single most crucial position – quarterback – every single season! So to me you cant turn down a potential high draft pick for a backup running back. And personally I would feel better with Mossis Madu or Michael Smith being forced into the starting lineup a heck of alot more than Orlovsky. For the record I personally like LeGarette Blount. He is not the monster that some assume he is. He's a decent guy. However I think it would be a total waste to have him sitting on the bench most of the game. Just my thoughts.
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    Benn and a 5th for a stud tackle later in his career that can be moved to guard or a guard for that matter.Love Benns potential but that is probably all it will ever be.His high per catch avg may be attractive to other teams and the fact he was a high pick gives any gm the reasoning he needs to make the deal.Like Benn but Parker and Shipley are better slot receivers at this point.Either Benn returns kicks,which he would make a great k o returner or he has no value to the team compared to a real good o lineman. just a thought !! Btw s straughter is by far our best punt returner unless Shipley shows different
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    I think the lines on Offensive and Defensive are about come full circle.Iam just one fan since Tampa has started in the league. I THINK THAT PRESTON PARKER, MOSSIS MADU AND SAMMIE STROUGHTER should all be gone.With Underwood,Shipley available both of these wr is longer sought here. I think that Drake Dunsmore should be on the practice squad same as Wynn. I think Tampa should sign Cooley and put Stocker on the practice squad. Plus I think Tampa should get a Veteran Guard to play for Injured Davin Joseph.GO BUCS
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    I'm with MC. I'm opposed to the idea of trading him but I could see happening to a team like the Lions.
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    Flboy -- Im just sensitive when it comes to Blount since I can't understand why media gets so down on him. Sure ivory is productive, but I (along with Ernest graham) feel Blount is a special talent. You don't give him up for a 3rd horse! Would you rather have Myron Lewis ( a 3rd rounder)! Come on guys, we'd be left with very little if Martin went down and we are supposed to be a running team
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    I think that's very good analysis Mark. One has to wonder why the Bucs would keep Madu if they felt he was never good enough to step on the field. If he is good enough (in Dom and Schiano's view) then trading Blount could make sense later in the year when some team gets an injury. If he isn't good enough then cut him - it's not like he's a pure rookie that you can groom (e.g. Smith). I like your thinking. Of course the trade market isn't what it once was, I wonder what the Bucs would ever get for Blount? Thoughts?....
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    I think that Blount is trade bait because he is not in the same running position that he was in the past? It appears to me that he is a step closer to the line and it is not allowing him to adjust. I believe we could get a strong backup at a key position for a 3rd rounder that could include an additional pick in the future if Blount performs well. I think all Parker has to do is not fumble or miss an easy catch. Strougther needs a very strong game tonight. Madu needs to do the same thing. I don't see the others doing anything that would change their destiny.
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    Just speculation guys, no one's trying to run Blount out of town. Again, doubt it would happen (especially this close to the season), but if the team did move him you'd have to think they'd bring in another back. Buc1932, Ivory actually averaged 4.7 YPC in limited time and dropped 127yds on Carolina to finish the season. Not saying he's Blount, but definitely a guys that's been productive when given the opportunity.
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    I am surprised to hear PR saying that Blount may be traded. This guy is a monster back built like a fullback but with speed and agility. Anyone who can run over guys like Blount can would seem in my mind to be safe. Without him you are one injury away from having a couple of unproven rookies trying to make things happen. Blount still has tremendous skills as a runner. Please don't give up on this guy yet.
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    no way blount gets traded. if martin gets hurt then what? madu and smith are our starters.
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    I'm glad that it's just speculation, it would be a huge mistake to trade Blount as we need 2 starting caliber backs with the plan to run as much as we want to and there's no way we'd get what he's worth in a trade.personally he's one of my favorite players on the the team I would be pissed. Plus there's no back on the free agent market with the same skills, ivory only looked good against our terrible run d.
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    I just don't know why so many people want to get rid of Blount. We need to use this two headed monster we have . The later the game gets and with HIS fresh legs, well think about that. So what if he's not the starting back, Coach did say that this is not written in stone. Would be nice if everybody just chilled out on him. This could come back to haunt us, try thinking about that for a minute.
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    In the NFL today, you need a 2-back attack. But, if the Bucs can get a 2nd round pick for Blount, then I say go for it. The Lions have a serious need for a back. They might do it.
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    If the team did decide to trade Blount (which I really doubt they will), Chris Ivory would be a similar RB that would be an interesting pickup if he were released by the Saints. Guy's a beast to bring down, and is running behind Sproles, Ingram & Thomas.
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    Nothing but speculation. But it wouldnt be a huge shock if it happened. I know there has been talk of a two-back approach. but so far we havent seen any sign of that in preseason. It has been several series in a row for each back. They are not alternating play for play. Again I have no confirmation, but looking at it closely it wouldnt surprise me at all.
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    Had a similar thought myself Mark. While Schiano says Blount's all about the team and what's best for the Bucs, his comments before the draft may have been a little telling. Noticed after Martin scored that 1st touchdown against NE, Blount didn't even get off the bench to congratulate him. Martin walked over and as he sat down extended a fist pump that Blount seem to half-heartedly return. Not saying he should be jumping for joy, but you see guys competing for spots at other positions chest-bumping and congratulating all the time, especially after a TD against the other team. Hoping the team keeps him because Blount's definitely a talented back, but curious if his attitude behind the scenes might lead to a trade.
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    This is the first I've heard mention of Blount being trade bait? Is there anything to support this claim?
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