Make us your home page

Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Decisions in Bucs' return game still looming



The Bucs still list receiver Preston Parker as their top kick and punt returner, but coach Greg Schiano is not committing to him or anyone else just yet.

Rookie running back Michael Smith already appears destined to be the kickoff returner after handling 10 of the 11 kickoff returns in the preseason. And Schiano said Parker might or might not be the man on punt returns, where Sammie Stroughter is a strong possibility.

“They’re all in the mix right now,” Schiano said. “I’m not sure who is going to be the guy. There may be more than one guy depending on the situation. I’m not ready to publicly say that. I think I have some thoughts and ideas, but we’ll probably work through that more as we go.”

Parker has jeopardized his role as the primary return man by not cleanly fielding punts, a problem he exhibited last season, too.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 5:00pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours