Michael Clayton buried on Bucs' depth chart

The big news coming out of Tampa was that the rookies are climbing the depth chart at wide receiver, a good development for a rebuilding team with a young quarterback.

But not lost is the fact that former first-round draft pick Michael Clayton is buried at the bottom, listed in a group of others that are undrafted free agents, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

Clayton scored a $24 million, five-year extension before last season, money that the Bucs look like they will ultimately regret spending. At this point, it’s fair to consider him a real question mark to make the roster.

“They let me know coming in what it was,” Clayton told Cummings. “And it's not like I haven't been in this position before. I had to climb from being sixth on the depth chart once, so I know how to handle it.

"I don't know how it's all going to pan out, but we still have another month before the season starts," he said. "I mean, we haven't played a game yet and that's something I've (got) experience in."
"I definitely want that opportunity. I really want a chance to grow with this new team and be the guy that once caught 80 balls again. I really hope that happens.”

Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are on the fast track for the Bucs. Can the team have a grossly underperforming veteran who is handsomely paid on the roster with a pair of promising rookies? Maybe not. The only way Clayton figures to stick is if he performs at a high level. The preseason should be telling. The Bucs certainly have given him a wakeup call with the depth chart.

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