The Bucs are 2-0 and many of their young players are stepping up to help contribute to the early success. But one player in particular is absent in the recent success, rookie receiver Arrelious Benn. The second round rookie has yet to make an impact and the Bucs offense could use him soon.
Benn, the Bucs second round pick, is a big, physical receiver that has above average speed and runs crisp routes. He can shield the defender with his body and fight for the ball. Yet, despite his physical attributes, Benn continues to work with the special teams unit and has yet to even record a single catch. So what is the deal with Benn? To begin with, receivers due take time to work their way into the NFL game, it is much more physical and the tempo is something he is not use to. According to coach Morris, Benn is on pace, working with special teams and slowing coming into the receiving rotation.
Yet, while coaches say this is normal, many would expect more from a second round pick, especially as the Bucs watch rookie 4th round pick Mike Williams become the go-to option for Freeman. Williams could have been a 1st round pick if he stayed in school at Syracuse, so it is not fair to compare the two receivers. The truth is, Benn is a raw talent. He is taking a little bit more time than the rabid Buc fans would like, but they should be patient. Benn will come around and it might be a little bit later this season, but once he does, he will shine on the field. He is a big, gifted receiver and could become a red zone monster and the other receiver to line up opposite Mike Williams.
So relax Bucs fans, Benn is coming soon, he is not injured, he is simply learning and polishing his game, getting ready to make in impact for the Bucs air attack. Hope to see him on the field soon this year.