Most of the NFL loving country still has their minds on what transpired on the gridiron yesterday during Week Four of the 2010 NFL season. For fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it's all about looking ahead to this coming Sunday, when the team returns to action to take on the Cincinnati Bengals. It's been over a week since the Bucs got throttled by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and with two weeks of preparation prior to what will be their fourth game of the season, Raheem Morris has been busy contemplating how to improve his team. Last week, that meant declarations from Morris that youngsters like Arrelious Benn and LaGarrette Blount will see more action in the weeks to come.
On Monday, Morris hinted that he wasn't going to limit his changes to the offensive side of the ball. Rookie nose tackle Brian Price and second-year defensive end Michael Bennett will also see more snaps as the season progresses according to Morris.
"Price has a role. He’s kind of that third down rusher. Price goes in there and spells Roy. On first and second down he creates that different type of element of speed. He creates different mismatches for the center. If those two guys can get their snaps somewhat equal, or how the game dictates and how the plays out we’d like to see more of Price, but he is one of those young ascending dynamic players that really got his feet wet at the beginning of the season.
"He fought through the injury all offseason. He’s starting to get healthy. He’s starting to get back to where he can play numerous amounts of plays, and get used to this Tampa heat. All of those things are starting to happen. He is another one of those young exciting players that we like to talk about."
About Bennett, Morris hinted that he'll be getting a helmet this week if he continues to do good work during practice sessions:
"Michael Bennett is certainly looking forward to getting a helmet this week, and he’s certainly going to have an opportunity too. I don’t want to tell the Bengals," said Morris. "He certainly is looking forward to going out there and practicing very hard this week, like he has the first three weeks of this season."
With no undefeated teams remaining in the NFC, the Tampa Bay BUccaneers and their fans have to be excited about the team's return to action this Sunday against a Bengals team that's well-rounded, but certainly beatable. This begins our Week 5 coverage for the Buccaneers. Check in here and at Bucs Nation throughout the week for more updates, analysis and news.