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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Kareem Huggins to get snaps with starters

Kareem Huggins, who rushed for 55 yards on eight carries Saturday, cuts through defenders during Tuesday’s practice.

SCOTT McINTYRE | Times

Kareem Huggins, who rushed for 55 yards on eight carries Saturday, cuts through defenders during Tuesday’s practice.

TAMPA — The Bucs want to see more of RB Kareem Huggins against the Chiefs on Saturday, preferably with the first-team offense.

They have been impressed by Huggins' speed and big-play ability. He made an impact Saturday against Miami by gaining 55 yards on eight carries, including a 35-yarder during the third quarter.

Cadillac Williams is expected to start, but the plan is for Huggins, in his second season after going undrafted out of Hofstra, to enter by at least the second quarter.

"You want to see how good is Kareem Huggins," coach Raheem Morris said. "How good would he be behind the (starting offensive) line? What would he look like if he has an opportunity? You just want to get a look at some people under the fire. And he's one of those guys you want to try to get out there a little bit earlier to see if he can do it."

To that end, during Wednesday's practice at One Buc Place, Huggins got snaps with the first-team offense while it was paired against the scout-team defense.

LEWIS to DEBUT: CB Myron Lewis, a third-round pick in April, was not on the field for the preseason opener because of a strained hamstring but is expected to suit up Saturday.

Lewis has missed valuable time in training camp. That has helped E.J. Biggers take the lead in the battle at nickel back, which also includes Elbert Mack. Lewis has been doing his best off the field to keep pace.

"It's always frustrating when you're standing back watching," Lewis said. "I've been out here getting a lot of mental reps, and I'm in the film room getting more. And I've been able to take it from the classroom to the field."

Of his first game, Lewis said he is beginning to feel the anticipation.

"I'm real anxious," he said.

Lewis looked like a guy who was serious about making an impact during Wednesday's practice. Among his highlights was an interception of a pass Mack tipped. Lewis corralled the ball and went the other way for what would have been a touchdown.

"I came off my break clean," he said. "Then it was off to the races."

Said Morris: "Myron's hungry. He watched (Saturday's) game. It's his turn this week."

A SUCCESS: On the final official day of training camp, Morris said he was most pleased with avoiding significant injuries. Other than muscle strains and sore joints, the regulars are healthy.

"The first thing you talk about with camp is health, and we had a healthy, harmonious camp," Morris said. "That's always a plus. Our ability to increase our physical play, our ability to go out there and tackle and play behind our pads, was awesome.

"And to come out as healthy as we were able to, I believe, was very encouraging."

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