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Receiver Reggie Brown ready for chance to show Tampa Bay Buccaneers what he can do

Receiver Sammie Stroughter could be standing in the way of Reggie Brown, above, for a starting spot.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Receiver Sammie Stroughter could be standing in the way of Reggie Brown, above, for a starting spot.

TAMPA — WR Reggie Brown may get a chance to start Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs due to WR Maurice Stovall's ankle injury.

But if Brown wants to crack the starting lineup, it sounds as if WR Sammie Stroughter could be the one he'll have to unseat. Coach Raheem Morris appeared to indicate as much Tuesday when asked if Stroughter would start alongside WR Mike Williams on Saturday.

"In the preseason we kind of know what we've got in Sammie," Morris said. "And Sammie probably can give you more. We want to see about Reggie a little bit. We want to see about some of these guys we don't know as well, (rookie) Arrelious Benn and some of those people. … You don't want to play Sammie too much."

Brown said he'd welcome any chance to show what he can do. Brown, acquired from the Eagles in the offseason, had 40 starts in the first three years of his career but five in the past two.

"I actually feel like I have an opportunity to play based on my abilities," he said. "It feels like there's a fair chance just to get out there and play, and everything else works out for you."

Morris said Brown, 29, was impressive in Tuesday's morning practice, showing mental and physical toughness, including taking reps on special teams. Brown has also taken it upon himself to learn how to play the different receiver positions, and it's paying off.

"He's a good route runner," Morris said. "I don't want to throw the term around 'great,' but he's close to it without giving him too many props. … He's really showed some physical, tough play, showing some multiple-receiver dimensions as far as moving around. … All those things help you, and the more value you provide for yourself, the better."

HIGH PRAISE: Morris was asked if DT Roy Miller, a second-year pro out of Texas, can eventually turn into one of the top run-stoppers in the league, and he didn't shy away from the question.

"I saw him play through a hurt ankle last year, still played tough, still played physical," Morris said. "I don't see a whole lot of reasons why I can tell you no.

"He's one of those guys that's just tough, mentally, physically. He constantly demands things from me. He gives me ideas; he has those natural leadership qualities. I'm fired up about some of the things he'll be able to do in the run game."

CHANGE IT UP: Morris said the tempo of the morning workout was increased in an effort to get players to improve on making decisions when they're tired, and they responded. That's why Morris ended practice early, skipping one planned period.

"I think a little bit of our problem that came in the (10-7 loss to Miami on Saturday) in playing smart has to do with once you're tired, you start to do silly things," Morris said. "So we upped the tempo a little bit, and they did a great job of doing that."

MISCELLANY: Williams (illness), DT Brian Price and CB Myron Lewis were among those who didn't participate in the morning session but returned for the night workout. Morris said Williams was feeling better and was kept out of one practice as a precaution to avoid dehydration. … The night practice was cut short due to a rainstorm.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report. Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.

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