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Arrelious Benn ready for preseason debut Saturday

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August

It appears the wait is over for Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn.

Coaches have been cautious with Benn during training camp and the preseason, considering he's coming off offseason left knee surgery. But Benn said he's ready for his first exhibition action, Saturday night against the Dolphins.

"I don't anticipate to do anything out of the normal," Benn said. "Just follow my game plan and do what I need to do."

Benn has impressed with his rapid recovery from the injury, with receivers coach Eric Yarber calling him a "medical marvel," not being able to tell which leg was hurt by the way he ran. But he's sit out the first two preseason games, with Dezmon Briscoe getting the starts opposite of WR Mike Williams.

Williams saying he's excited to see the starting offense finally together, specfically the receivers.

"If we're all out there, and we're rotating together, nobody can stop us," Williams said. "To see the whole offense together, and (Benn) back, it's going to be good to see that."

Both Williams and Briscoe say there's been an emphasis in practice for the receivers to step up, considering they lost some one-on-one battles in a loss to the Patriots.

"We think we're good where we're at," Williams said. "But it's a week we got to go out and prove that we're the receivers we say we are." 

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:10pm]

    

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