Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green, Anthony: The Rise and Fall Bucs Receivers Go through Different Seasons

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Green, Anthony: The Rise and Fall Bucs Receivers Go through Different Seasons

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TAMPA -- Jacquez Green won't call 1999 his breakout season. Reidel Anthony won't label 1999 a disappointment.

But it appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers are just refusing to acknowledge the obvious.

How else can a second-year player, who caught only 14 passes as a rookie and plays in a conservative offense built around a power running game, describe a 56-catch season? And what other way would you describe a season in which a team's former leading receiver battled injuries, sat out one game due to a suspension, and saw his catches nearly cut in half?

How about . . . breakout and disappointment?

But even when those statistics are rattled off to Green and Anthony, the pair of former University of Florida standouts still refused to use those characterizations.

"I got more chances, more opportunities to make plays in the passing game," said Green, who caught 56 passes for a team-high 791 yards plus three scores. "For the most part I think I made the most of it. If I can continue to get the ball thrown to me, I think I can help the offense out some more."

He should, because they certainly aren't heading in Anthony's direction. After leading the Bucs with 51 catches for 708 yards and seven touchdowns last season, Anthony has just 30 catches for 296 yards and one score. He has been injured -- he missed an early season game against Philadelphia with a rib injury and he didn't play in the regular-season finale against Chicago because of a left quadriceps strain -- but he also was suspended for one game after being two hours late for a team meeting and walk-through.

"Naw, I'm cool," Anthony said when asked if he was concerned about his drop in production. "I really wouldn't call last year a breakout year. It wasn't a big, huge season. It's an average season compared to the rest of [the] people around the league."

Maybe Green rising and Anthony falling was just the way it had to be. The pair play in an offense that is built around the running game. Fullback Mike Alstott and running back Warrick Dunn are the focal points, regardless of which quarterback is playing. …

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