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Will Bucs keep only two QBs?



Bucs No. 3 quarterback Rudy Carpenter is nervous. He's not alone.

A rule change in the NFL expanded active game day roster to 46 players and removed the third string emergency quarterback designation. That makes it more likely teams will go with two quarterbacks this season and use the roster spot for a position player.

"It's definitely an option to keep three (quarterbacks),'' coach Raheem Morris said. "I know a lot of people, the new wave is to go with two and some of those things.''

Carpenter is battling former Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton for the Bucs' No. 3 spot and will start Thursday's preseason finale at Washington.

"You know, Rudy has done a nice job for us and I'm going to let him go out there and battle it and kind of play hat way, play for that and let us make those tough decisions about how we're going to do it,'' Morris said. "We'll have to go see. Him and Crompton will have a chance to go out there and compete. I look forward to this battle. It's nice.''

Morris said Friday the Bucs have given some practice snaps to receiver Micheal Spurlock, who was a quarterback at Ole Miss and could fill in during a game if both Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson became injured. 


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:15pm]


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