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Don't be surprised to see more Josh Johnson, Wildcat



The Bucs ran their version of the Wildcat for the first time on Sunday with great success as backup quarterback Josh Johnson ran an option around the right end for a 14-yard gain.

And don't think you've seen the last of it, either.

The Bucs spent a significant amount of time during the summer installing a Wildcat package of plays, but they just didn't feel comfortable breaking it out until now. Now that they have, and considering it's success, offensive coordinator Greg Olson seems inclined to do it again.

There are a couple reasons why this is a no-brainer.

For one, by using the Wildcat, the Bucs give defenses something else to be concerned with on an offense that already has plenty of emerging weapons.

Furthermore, because the Bucs are running the Wildcat with Johnson and not a running back like most teams, their version has a lot more possibilities. Johnson's ability to throw on the run means he is a legitimate threat to throw the ball as he's rolling out of the pocket. And for his part, Johnson is all too happy to work in some more Wildcat elements because it gives him a chance to get on the field behind starter Josh Freeman.

So, again, be looking for more of Johnson in the weeks to come. After Sunday's debut, opposing defenses will be, too.

[Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 1:46pm]


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