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Maurice Stovall could get his chance this week



In light of the Bucs' pass-catching problems, Maurice Stovall could see more playing time this week, head coach Raheem Morris acknowledged Monday.

“We’re always considering the best 53 and that’s got to include the best 45 and that’s obviously got to include the best 11 guys to be out on the field, so that’s always a consideration,'' Morris said during his weekly news conference at One Buc Place.

"There’s always an opportunity for Stovall to get out there and make some plays and maybe it’s time for him to get his couple of opportunities. ... What he’s done on special teams so far has been good. What he's done in some of the different areas of the building here has been good, so that’s not farfetched. It’s not a far cry.”

Stovall, a fourth-year player out of Notre Dame, has four receptions for 93 yards in four games this season. He has not caught a pass since Sept. 20, at Buffalo.

The acknowledgement came one day after the Bucs dropped six (arguably seven) passes in a 33-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (including three by Michael Clayton) and six days before the Bucs host the Carolina Panthers.

Morris said he called Clayton into his office to let him know he needs to play better.

“He has to go out there and play like he did versus Dallas (when he caught five passes for 93 yards),'' Morris said. "He’s counted on. He’s one of the guys we’re depending on and he knows that. He’s got to play like that and he hasn’t been.”

Clayton complained just last week that he wasn't getting enough opportunities to catch passes.

"You have to be accountable for what you ask for, be careful what you ask for, be careful what you wish for,'' Morris said. I’m sure he’s feeling that emotion right now and today.”

Clayon wasn't alone. Antonio Bryant, the Bucs' franchise player, dropped two passes of his own.

“We went back, watched the tape, and obviously extremely disappointed in yesterday’s result and how it played out,'' Morris said. "The bottom line is we had too many missed opportunities by too many of our good players and we’re just not getting it done right now.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:44pm]


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