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Morris comfortable with Watson in Black's absence

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Bucs coach Raheem Morris said today he doesn't yet know the full extent of linebacker Quincy Black's ankle injury.

What Morris does know, he said during his weekly news conference, is that he is comfortable with Dekoda Watson stepping into the strongside role, if necessary.

"He came out there and did a good job,'' Morris said of the former Florida State standout. "He knocked down a pass. He runs around and makes assists. Dekoda's gonna play fast. That's who he is and what he's about. He got the chance to play for him a little bit last year, and so if we've got to go with Dekoda, I feel pretty good about our depth at that position and what they're able to do.''

Morris benched Black after he missed several tackles, presumably related to the injury, during Sunday's 24-20 win over the Vikings in Minnesota.

Rookie Mason Foster, who had been playing only in the base defense, had to step into the nickel defense in passing situations. Morris described Foster's performance as "stout.''

"That (Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson guy is different now,'' Morris said. "To have 10 tackles, 3 assists, a sack, a forced fumble, and to play with the energy (Foster) played with time in and time out. Of course, he had a couple of mistakes. There's no doubt about it, he will. ... But the understanding of the mistakes and to be able to come off and correct those things is showing his growth and his development, that he's wise beyond his years. It's awesome.''

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2011 12:42pm]

    

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