During Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots the Buccaneers received terrible news, DT E.J Wilson had suffered an injury that will cost him the remainder of the 2011-2012 season. The Buccaneers would then waive Wilson looking to unload a player from the team to make room for more effective additions. If Wilson is not claimed by another team then he will subsequently return to the Buccaneers and be put on their Injured Reserve list.
Since the Buccaneers were lacking an effective back up to their already formidable defensive line they went out Saturday and worked out a deal with free agent defensive tackle John McCargo. McCargo was projected as a mid 2nd round to late 3rd round pick when he came out of North Carolina State in 2006. The Bills would eventually trade up to select McCargo 26th overall which was shocking to everyone seeing that McCargo really hadn’t impressed at the NFL combine. McCargo spent most of the 2006 season on injured reserve and never really had the chance to blossom into the player many thought he could be.
McCargo was a standout at North Carolina State and there is no reason why he cannot do the same thing in the NFL now that he is fully healthy. A fresh start on a good team is just what some players need sometimes. This scenario happens all the time, just look at Shannon Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown was tossed around between many teams averaging 1.0 ppg before he finally landed with the Lakers. When Brown finally got healthy with the Lakers, got a chance to play on a good team with veteran leaders and a hall of fame coach, he blossomed into a very explosive and versatile player. There is no reason why this same scenario can’t happen to McCargo, he is on a team with veterans to guide him, a coach who knows what he’s doing and expects the most from his players and most importantly he’s on a team that’s ready to win now.
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