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Although Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver <b>Peter Warrick </b>has averaged 58 receptions and 622 receiving yards in his three NFL season, his production often is considered sub-par. Click here for an update on the former Florida State Seminole. "Every time I get the ball, I want to be, `Uh-oh, Pete's got the ball.' I want to start out like that," Warrick said.

Although Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick has averaged 58 receptions and 622 receiving yards in his three NFL season, his production often is considered sub-par.

"What's wrong with Warrick?" is a popular question around NFL.

Now entering his fourth year, Warrick, a former record-setting wideout from Florida State, counts himself among those people who are looking for his break-out season.

It was supposed to come in 2001, which ended with 70 receptions but just one touchdown. Then 2002 was the year he was going to return to his FSU days, but he finished with just six touchdowns on 53 receptions.

What makes Warrick believe 2003 can be different than the previous two years?

"It's a matter of me being here three years and just learning the system and knowing when to do the right thing at the right time," Warrick said.

"Every time I get the ball, I want to be, `Uh-oh, Pete's got the ball.' I want to start out like that." Warrick also in the best shape of his NFL career, having dropped to 192 pounds – from almost 200 at times – which should improve his quickness. He also says the issue with his vision that had resulted in some dropped passes - a former coach wanted Warrick to get contact lenses – was not medical and is a matter of mental concentration.

Warrick even cut his oft-braided hair to get ready for the season. He has practiced more and harder this past offseason than any other.

"I never accept losing, I don't want to get used to it," Warrick said. "I haven't been a loser my whole life, and I don't want to start now," Warrick said. "The last couple years have been hard on me, but everything takes a turn in life."

Warrick led the Seminoles in receiving in consecutive seasons, snagging 61 passes for 1,232 yards and 12 touchdowns in in 1998 and 71 for 934 and eight scores in 1999. Warrick also finished with 31 career touchdowns to rank first overall in program history.

Warrick is also looking for Cincy to rebound under first-year coach Marvin Lewis. The Bengals finished 2-14 last season, the first time they have ever failed to win at least three games in a season since their inception in 1968. They ended up allowing 456 points, the second most in club history and just four shy of the 460 the 1999 club allowed.

Of course, Warrick is joined in Cincinnati by former FSU teammate and fellow receiver Ron Dugans.


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