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Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn to return from knee injury against Giants

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September

Bucs receiver Arrelious Benn’s biggest battle this season has been an internal one.

Keeping his emotions – impatience, anxiety, etc. – in check has been difficult after missing all of training camp, the preseason and Week 1 because of a knee sprain.

Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Benn vows to make his 2012 debut against the Giants.

“I’ve learned not to be too high or too low,” said the 2010 second-round pick. “Just go into things with an open mind. Don’t expect too much. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Just do my job.”

The specifics of that job remain to be seen. The Bucs have added Vincent Jackson to be their No. 1 receiver, and that has knocked Benn out of the starting lineup this season. In keeping with his vow to remain even keeled, Benn is willing to wait to see how things play out.

“I think (my role) will develop over time,” he said. “They know what I can do. I’m sure they’ll use me the right way, the way they’re supposed to use me. I believe in my coaches.”

Benn said he’ll still be primarily a flanker, but under offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan the roles of the split end and flanker are different. And, as with all the receivers, Benn is being required to learn all the various positions.

“I’m still (lining up) outside, but I’m learning all the positions,” Benn said. “Guys move around a lot. The best thing is to learn all the positions. That creates longevity. And also, you understand the game more and you play faster.”

[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:00am]

    

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