Bucs RT Walker Benched?

September 1 – Buccaneers starting right tackle Kenyatta Walker made his fair share of mistakes throughout the team's four preseason games, and on Sunday, head coach Jon Gruden apparently held him accountable for them. Third-year T Cornell Green saw significant playing time at right tackle with the first-team offense during Sunday's practice and could start against the Saints.

Tampa Bay starting right tackle Kenyatta Walker hasn't watched an entire game from the bench since he was selected by the Buccaneers in the first round of last year's draft, but Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints could be his first.

Bucs third-year tackle Cornell Green started with the first-team offense in place of Walker during Sunday's practice. The Buccaneers traded what was believed to be a 2003 seventh-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Green on Aug. 12.

Green, who can also play guard, received significant playing time during the second half of Tampa Bay's game at Houston on Friday night after Walker was penalized twice. He was also flagged three times against Washington.

While Walker could still start at right tackle on Sunday when the Bucs open the regular season at home against the Saints, Gruden obviously isn't pleased with the play of his second-year tackle.

"We're going to continue to look at that," said Gruden. "Cornell Green is working in there with the ones at right tackle and we're going to see what happens here in the next couple of days. We are going to look at Cornell Green as a right tackle. We're going to continue to bring Kenyatta Walker along. This guy's been over there for 26 days and we think he's got a great upside, a great future there."


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