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Page tries to improve his decison making



Buccaneers rookie Eric Page has made some big plays as the Bucs primary returner, with his two punt returns of 40-yards or more just one shy of the club record (set by Jacquez Green in 1998).

Page said the Bucs goal was to be top-10 return unit and they rank 10th in both kick return average (25.2) and punt return average (10.9).

But Page, 22, has also made some questionable decisions in terms of fielding the ball in certain areas, and when to take it out of the end zone. He attributes those mistakes to either a lack of awareness of where he is on the field, or him just trying to make a play, but believes more experience will help him.

“I feel the coaches put me back there because they trust you and trust your decision making,” Page said. “They put it on you and I think sometimes trying to make a play, you make some mistakes that way.”

Coach Greg Schiano pointed out that Page, who left the University of Toledo after his junior season, didn’t play last year due to a knee injury and hasn’t had a ton of experience. “He’s done some really good things,” Schiano said. “He’s had some questionable decisions but rookies make questionable decisions because they haven’t been there before.”

Page's most recent mistake came on Sunday against the 49ers, when he attempted a handoff on an reverse deep in the end zone to Russell Shepard, who fumbled it, leading to a San Francisco score. "Looking back, I should have kept it," Page said. "It was eight yards deep, and our rule is six yards. I was focused on the play, I wasn't aware where I was on the field."


[Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:48pm]


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