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Schiano monitoring results of kick-return team

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October

Greg Schiano hasn’t seen enough from his kickoff return team, and that means some guys had better step it up or risk being replaced.

"We're not doing what I think we're capable of doing," Schiano said. "If you're not liking the result and don't change anything, then don't expect anything to be different."

The Bucs are averaging 20.4 yards per return on 15 attempts – 27th in the NFL.

When I asked Schiano whether the effort was a reflection of return man Arrelious Benn or the blockers in front of him, Schiano said he wasn’t sure. He certainly didn’t rush to Benn’s defense. Benn’s first appearance as a kick returner was his best, returning a kick for 55 yards against the Giants last month.

It's not clear whether any changes are imminent, but this is a unit that bears watching.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Schiano said he will not be replacing Benn on Sunday against the Saints.

[Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 1:52pm]

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