Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The 'Lac is Back

By JC De La Torre

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams was activated to the active 53 man roster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To make room for Williams, the Buccaneers released running back Michael Bennett. In addition, the Bucs promoted Wide Receiver Brian Clark from the practice squad and placed Wide Receiver Maurice Stovall on injured reserve.

I think getting Carnell back is a fantastic thing for the Buccaneers, who, if he can return to form, will add big play capability back to the Tampa Bay running attack. Expect Caddy to be eased back into the rotation with Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn and as he shows he can handle the workload, his carries should increase.

The news of Stovall was unfortunate, as it is the second season in a row the young wide out has ended the year on IR. RB Michael Bennett had begun to crow about his lack of playing time as he had apparently reached the far end of Jon Gruden's doghouse. Even rookie free agent kick returner/running back Clifton Smith got more carries than Bennett did in the Bucs last game at Kansas City. Among Bennett's gripes was a lack of communication from the coaching staff.

“I’m not going to go to them and say “What did I do?” or say this or that because that’s not me,” Bennett told the Tampa Tribune, “If it’s something, you be a man and tell me. Right now, I don’t see it being nothing. It’s not my ability. It’s not like I’m not able to do this or not able to do that.”

Some analysts believed that Bennett's inability to pick up the blitz limited his appearances in the Buccaneers offense.

JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC

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