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Michael Bennett starts over Stylez White, shaking up DL lineup



You might have noticed there was a lot les Stylez White and a lot more Micheal Bennett on the field against the Seahawks.

Well, it was by design. Bucs coach Raheem Morris took worked Bennett at right defensive end for the first time in his tenure with the Bucs during last week's practices, then he moved Bennett into the starting lineup ahead of White on Sunday.

It's a move that is both of a reflection of White's flat play of late and Bennett's versatility and pass-rush ability. Bennett also worked at the other three defensive line positions at times during Sunday's game and -- along with a nice game from tackle Frank Okam -- helped the defensive line show vast improvement from the previous game against Detroit.

So, will White continue to come off the bench behind Bennett? It appears that's up to White, who in the past has been the subject of criticism from Morris for both his play and practice habits.

"Stylez backed up Bennett yesterday, but the level of competition around here, I try to keep it high and try to keep it hot," Morris said today. "Thursday practices determine a lot. . . So, I think when those guys come out and practice the way they practice and play the way they play, you always let the competition keep flowing."

The Bucs practice in pads on Thursdays, making it the day on which coaches make decisions about which players are playing better and deserving of being in the starting lineup.

[Last modified: Monday, December 27, 2010 1:45pm]


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