LANDOVER MD - DECEMBER 12: Arrelious Benn #17 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a late game touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 12 2010 in Landover Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
When the doors of One Buc Place opened this morning, Arrelious Benn was one of the first players to show up, ready for a physical. The second-year wide receiver tore his ACL in Week 16 of the regular season against the Seattle Seahawks and had been rehabbing throughout the offseason. He showed up for some of Josh Freeman's workouts, but did not fully participate. He's been careful with his knee, but he's also confident he'll be ready for the regular season. It's no surprise that he passed the team's physical with no problem.
That doesn't mean we'll see a lot of him in the preseason, though. He is still careful with his knee and may be limited as he eases back to football. Benn doesn't expect this to hold him back when the season starts, but you never know.
Benn started slowly last season, mostly making it into the lineup to run block and being taken off the field on passing downs. Midway through the season he started to flash skills, though, and he became a deep ball threat for the Bucs. If he can build off that, he can be a major contributor this season.
One thing to watch with Benn will be whether he fully trusts his knee. While he may be 100% physically, it's mentally tough to learn to trust a knee and put a lot of force on it to make sharp cuts. That was an issue that held back Wes Welker last season, for instance. Keep this in mind as you watch him throughout the season, and also keep in mind that whatever he shows next year, he should be better in 2012.