Preston Parker stripped of special-teams duties
Receiver Preston Parker’s value to the Bucs as a receiver is clear given his 40 receptions for 554 yards in 2011 as the third wideout.
But his worth on special teams seems to have diminished, presumably because he’s had so much difficulty handling punts in regular-season and preseason games.
That appeared to be confirmed today when the Bucs listed Sammie Stroughter and rookie Michael Smith as the top punt and kickoff returners, respectively. Parker was previously listed in the No. 1 spot in both positions.
The need for Stroughter on special teams practically decided the battle for a roster spot between him and Tiquan Underwood, who coach Greg Schiano said was hard to part with.
Smith has been handling kickoffs the past few weeks with some success. Using him in this role allows the Bucs to take advantage of his 4.3 40-yard dash speed.
Also revealed on this week’s depth chart, Ted Larsen is listed the No. 1 right guard. That’s a position Schiano said was fluid after the season-ending knee injury of 2-time Pro Bowl selection Davin Joseph.