Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Much-Needed Addition to TE Position Coming Sunday

By Ryan Heckman
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This season has not been the ideal one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, it’s quite the contrary thus far. Beginning with head coach Greg Schiano and his inability to get on the same page as many of his players, this season has only gone down the wrong path even more so than a month ago.

At 0-4, the Bucs clearly don’t look like a playoff contender and don’t even represent a team that will win a single game in 2013. Now that quarterback Josh Freeman is gone, the team is putting their faith in a rookie quarterback — Mike Glennon — to get the job done.

At this point, Glennon needs all the help he can get in getting comfortable with the offense and being assisted by his arsenal of playmakers. One of those guys hasn’t been on the field all year after suffering an injury in the preseason, and could make his debut in week six.

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Tom Crabtree looks as though he’s fully recovered, and if all goes according to plan, he will play this Sunday. Until this moment, the Bucs haven’t looked too promising at tight end. Luke Stocker went down with a season-ending injury and since then, no one has stepped up.

“Remember in the preseason, in the first three games, and then Crabtree gets hurt in that Redskins game, we thought things were progressing,” Schiano said according to ESPN. “Obviously, he’s had a long gap between then and now. He’s practiced. He’s looked better each day. I think he’s going to be a productive guy.’’

Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan sounds pretty high on his new tight end that will finally look to take the field.

“I think Tree has a versatility that I think presents some problems for defenses and helps us as an offense,” Sullivan said.

“I think he is strong enough and physical enough to do the things you want to do in the run game, pass protection if necessary, and yet still athletic enough and fast enough to win the one-on-ones to get separation, show the quickness that we want in our intermediate routes. (Versatility is) probably the biggest strength he has, we’re hoping he gets back so we can take advantage of that.”

Let’s hope Crabtree can indeed play this coming Sunday and maybe even give that offense a little bit of momentum in every aspect of their scheme.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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