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ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"THE BUCCANEERS want to run the ball, but coach Raheem Morris is not afraid to put the game in Josh Freeman's hands. That should tell you a lot about Freeman. In his third year he's already a seasoned quarterback. With receiver Mike Williams continuing to improve, Freeman's numbers will go up.
Williams can be one of the elite receivers in the league. He showed last year that he can be a playmaker. He's a big-play guy down the field, but he's not the kind of wideout to catch a pass short and do something after the catch.
Most important, Freeman trusts Williams and likes throwing to him. Williams caught 11 touchdowns last year, and he can catch another 11 this season, with the yards going up as well.
None of the Bucs' other receivers—Arrelious Benn and Dezmon Briscoe—are threats. But Freeman is so good that he could help one of those guys catch a few more balls, but nothing really significant.
If tight end Kellen Winslow doesn't get the ball, he gets kind of crazy. He demands the ball, but he deserves it. He's one of the top tight ends in the league and is capable of having a 1,000-yard season. Winslow and Williams will be the two guys who see the ball.
LeGarrette Blount is a good, strong back. He's not a burner, but he's tough to bring down. He would have been one of the top backs coming out college had he not punched that Boise State player while at Oregon.
Blount's arrow is pointing up. The Bucs will try to get him more touches. I bet he gets more touchdowns than he had last season [six]. There's not much behind him on the depth chart."
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