|FBG Mobile Home|
Week 1 vs. CLE
Receiving: 2 / 32 / 0 on 5 targets
Didn't get his 1st target until 2:00 left in the 1st half and it was a deep pass by Freeman but they couldn't hook up. Stroughter did have 4 targets in the 2nd half but clearly he is the 2nd fiddle in this offense to Mike Williams. With the Bucs not being a high flying type offense the expectations for their WR2 and WR3 slots should probably not be very high. However the fact Stroughter was looked at and targeted not just on short routes but intermediate and long routes as well should lead to some scoring opportunities down the road.
Week 2 vs. CAR
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Sammie Stroughter played second fiddle in the passing game to both Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow. Freeman targeted him deep one time in the game, but other than that Tampa Bay's control of the game was such that Stroughter wasn't required.
Week 3 vs. PIT
Receiving: 4 / 17 / 0 on 6 targets
He really should not be starting for the Bucs. He made a crucial mistake on a short pass from Freeman early in the game where he did not run his route to deep enough on a 3rd and 3 to move the sticks. You have to go beyond the 1st down marker when it's 3rd down; otherwise it's a waste of a drive. Stroughter mostly runs short routes but he got very little separation form defenders and was never able to break tackles to gain additional yards. The WR2 position is still open in Tampa Bay if Sunday is any judge of where they are at presently.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Receiving: 3 / 39 / 0 on 3 targets
He had a solid game. It might not show from the stats but he was holding his own for once and perhaps the likelihood of players such as Arrelious Benn pushing for playing time lit a fire under Stroughter. He did what he was supposed to do in this offense as a WR2 and Freeman exploited him a few times when he was wide open as Williams and Winslow drew much of the coverage. Solid game but little fantasy value right now. One awesome play involved Donald Penn pancake blocking a DB and springing Stroughter for a nice gain early in the game.
Week 6 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 51 / 0 on 9 targets
Looked great in this game. Was working to get open a lot and this is the 2nd week in a row that he has looked solid for the Bucs. He did a great job of using his body to shield him between the DB and the ball. I would have liked to see him cash in during the garbage time but he is still finding his way in this offense. If the Bucs get behind Stroughter is going to see more targets.
Week 7 vs. STL
Receiving: 3 / 38 / 0 on 3 targets
Stroughter displayed some nifty running after the catch in the two-minute drill, but was not a mainstay in the passing game on this afternoon.
Week 8 vs. ARI
Stroughter was barely involved on offense and also had a key muff that led to an Arizona TD. His star is falling right now.
Week 13 vs. ATL
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 39 / 0 on 6 targets
Stroughter came through for the Buccaneers in his underneath role and caught all six passes thrown his way. He made a beautiful catch on fourth down, hauling in a pass between defenders as he fell down to keep a late Tampa Bay drive alive.
Week 14 vs. WAS
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
Clearly is falling behind and looking more like a WR3 or even WR4 in this offense. Still can get open but lacks a lot of the cuts and speed that Benn and Williams have right now.