How would you feel if you were a three-year starter in the NFL and you were passed over by a second-year pro who, while admittedly talented, has no NFL track record? That has to be how Michael Clayton felt on Monday after hearing that Maurice Stovall had, at least for the moment, taken his starting job. Clayton feeling down about it? No, in this article in the Tampa Tribune, he called it incentive. Meanwhile, David Boston was downright thrilled to be Joey Galloway's backup. Of course, if you've had Boston's injury history — he basically hasn't played in three years — you would be, too.
Over at the St. Petersburg Times, Stephen F. Holder got Maurice Stovall's reactionto being named a starting flanker on the Bucs' initial depth chart. In financial news, the Bucs and Broncos are working together to extract from wayward quarterback Jake Plummer some of his $7 million in bonus money. I wonder how he thinks retirement looks now? And, Chris Simms admits he's still struggling with his delivery but at least there's no mention of proprioception. in this story.
Roger Mooney of the Bradenon Herald reports that Cadillac Williams is tired of looking at least year's game tape, which is filled with one-yard runs. Can't blame him. I erased my Bucs DVDs from last year a long time ago.
You have to like the fact that a veteran like Michael Pittman doesn't complain when his role is reduced. He even admits he didn't complain about it last year to head coach Jon Gruden. "He had too much on his mind last year,' Pittman told the Lakeland Ledger's Mike Cobb.