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Raheem Morris sees receiver depth as best in recent memory

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August

The Bucs just wrapped up a morning workout here at One Buc Place before tonight's highly-anticipated night practice in front of the fans at Raymond James Stadium.

Among the things Morris talked about this morning was his impression of the receivers as a group, and he offered a very interesting assessment, saying this group could rival some of the best the Bucs have had. He said without equivocation that it is the best unit, top to bottom, in his tenure with the Bucs, which dates to 2002.

"You have some guys in there who are physical beasts," Morris said. "These guys are all playing fast. I don’t know if we’ve seen this dynamic of a group in Tampa in a long time. Not to take any credit away from Joey Galloway or Antonio Bryant or what any particular person was able to do. But this type of a group, I don’t remember (from) being the DBs coach here and going out every day like, ‘Oh, man, Mike Williams, Sammie Stroughter, Arrelious Benn and seeing these guys move around like they do.

"Sometimes I sit back and talk to (cornerback) Aqib Talib and I let him tell me who he thinks is the best, or I let him pick his top six receivers. He changed 20 times yesterday. . .  It’s a good thing."

There still isn't a receiver on this roster with a long history of being a go-to target. Mike Williams, for all his success in camp, is a rookie who hasn't yet played in an NFL game. Stroughter is coming off his rookie season, Michael Clayton and Reggie Brown have a long way to go to salvage their careers and most of the rest of the unit is unproven.

Really, only time will tell whether Morris' assessment comes to fruition, but there is reason to think some of the young, eager receivers will make things interesting.

[Last modified: Saturday, August 7, 2010 2:03pm]

    

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