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Old 07-11-2011, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Buccaneers Gerald McCoy says hes ready to lead, playing defensive end stunted growth

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After an uneven rookie year that included a slow start, considerable second half progress, and then a serious injury, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says hes ready to lead.

The No. 3 overall pick in last years draft wants to take the next step in his development.

Its not a problem, McCoy told the Tampa Tribune recently. I was raised to be a leader.

The Bucs have an exciting young group of defensive linemen with McCoy, Brian Price, Roy Miller, and this years first two picks Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers added to the mix. The best way McCoy can lead is to produce. He said last year that flip-flopping between end and defensive tackle slowed him down.

My first snap as an NFL player against Cleveland, I didnt even play [tackle], McCoy said. I was an end. I was moving all around. So, finally, I just said to Coach, Man, please let me play one position so I can learn it. . . . After that, things started working for me and I took that tape and (looked) at what I was doing right and I just built off of that. And thats what Ive been doing this offseason.

Without the NFC West on their out of division schedule, the Bucs will have to play much better this year to finish 10-6 again. Getting a big second year leap from McCoy would help a great deal.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...tunted-growth/



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