Hot Spot: Bucs Third Wide Receiver

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Who will the 3rd Bucs WR be? That will be determined in training camp, but in a surprisingly forward answer to just this question at the Bucs' FanFest in June, WRs Coach Richard Mann did identify a front-runner. That would be Tampa native and former Chamberlain High star Brian Clark, the 3rd-year WR who began his career in Denver.

Clark has appeared in 20 career regular-season games, 10 of them with the Bucs. He has spent time on TB's practice squad in each of the last two years but finished each of those campaigns on the active roster. Clark, also a fine kick returner and special teams player, had four catches for 23 yards in 2007 and one for 12 yards last fall.

More importantly, the NCSU product had an outstanding offseason in front of the team's new coaching staff, particularly impressing new HC Raheem Morris. On an offense that could field a corps of very sizeable pass-catchers (Bryant, Clayton and tight ends Kellen Winslow and Jerramy Stevens average to 6-4 and 233 pounds), Clark fits right in at 6-2, 204, but he also has the speed to get downfield.

Of course, even if Clark holds on to his frontrunner status in the race for the 3rd WR spot, the Bucs might end up with several players they use in that role, depending upon situation. Another notable candidate for playing time in 3-WR sets is rookie Sammie Stroughter, a 7th-round pick out of Oregon State.

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