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Bennett likely to see expanded role

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December

Coach Raheem Morris always talks about it being "next man up" when it comes to dealing with injuries.

And the Bucs certainly have dealt with their fair share, as DT Gerald McCoy and LB Quincy Black both went down with season-ending injuries Sunday. Morris said McCoy will need surgery to repair his torn biceps.

With McCoy, the Bucs first round pick, being out, it looks like DE Michael Bennett will get a shot to get an expanded role as the team's three-technique. Bennett hadn't played inside since 2009 with the Seahawks, but Morris said they used Bennett at tackle Sunday when McCoy went down because of his speed, and the second-year pro performed well.

"We were playing a zone-schemed team, we needed some quickness in there that didn't get provided from Roy (Miller)," Morris said. "Roy is more of a downhill two-gap double team guy, able to take all thsoe things. And Al Woods is kind of the similar guy. To get the quickness we lost from Gerald we had to throw Mike in there at halftime, and he was really productive for us, he did a good job."

Bennett has been with the Bucs since getting claimed off waivers Oct 12, 2009, but has improved quite a bit.

"He's matured," Morris said. "He went from a guy that had a bunch of talent. He made some mistakes that he's beginning to clean up. He's learned more positions. He's able to do different things on defense and he's helping us out."

Morris said with Black out, they'll go to their rotation of Adam Hayward and Dekoda Watson, a combo they've used in previous games when Black was out. That way, both can be also used on special teams.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Monday, December 13, 2010 1:13pm]

    

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