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Bucs take exception to suggestion they look past character

Mike Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams, right, pulls in a touchdown pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) during the third quarter of an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik didn’t take kindly to a suggestion that he looked past character concerns with his 2010 rookies.

“I don’t believe we have [cut corners] at all on character,” Dominik told reporters at the Scouting Combine, via the Tampa Tribune.

Receiver Mike Williams and running back LeGarrette Blount both had their share of issues in college. Joe Henderson makes the case, however, that they are hard-working kids that are well respected in the locker room.

Henderson suggests anyone that believes the Bucs don’t care about character haven’t been paying attention. While there have been exceptions under Dominik’s watch (Jerramy Stevens hanging around, Tanard Jackson), we agree with the overall message.

The Bucs have a likable and talented young core of players. It’s great if they have character, but it’s more important they are productive.

“Mike Williams led all rookie receivers in receiving yardage and catches and LeGarrette Blount led all rookies in rushing and yet Josh Freeman is still younger than both of them,” Dominik pointed out.