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Buccaneers want to get Dallas Clark more involved

The former Colts All-Pro is healthy and adding a veteran attitude in Tampa, but he has only nine receptions so far in 2012.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Dallas Clark was brought to Tampa Bay in 2012 by new head coach Greg Schiano and company to help instill a little veteran discipline in the locker room, but also to catch passes. As the Tampa Times reports, Clark's a model pro but needs to be incorporated more into the passing game of Josh Freeman:

"I think Dallas has had a big impact on our organization (off the field)," Schiano said. "On the field, I'm sure he'd like some more touches. Hopefully that'll happen.

"You can make it happen, but at what cost? You need to run the offense, and as we start exposing other areas, Dallas won't get as much attention. So, I think it kind of feeds off one another."

The 32-year-old former Indianapolis Colt has battled a variety of injuries in recent years but is healthy at the moment and the recipient of only nine of Freeman's 65 completions thus far. Tight ends have only accounted for 11 total receptions for the Bucs. For his part, Clark doesn't seem miffed:

"Whatever (coaches) want to do, that's what we need to be ready for," he said.

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