Bucs Veteran Michael Clayton returns with a new contract and, with a new offense coming, a new lease on life after falling short the past four seasons of the promise he showed in his 2004 rookie year. He is expected to play a more noticeable role if new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski makes good on his promise to spread the ball around more.
But depth remains an issue. Who will be the third receiver, assuming Clayton is the starter opposite Bryant? Just two other receivers have started a game (Maurice Stovall and Kelly Campbell, whose last start came in 2004). Rookie seventh-round draft pick Sammie Stroughter is an intriguing prospect who surprised coaches in summer workouts. He will vie for his share of playing time, too, along with former Chamberlain High standout Brian Clark, who got extensive playing time in big games last season.