One of the mystifying aspects of last Sunday's Buccaneers loss to the Bears was the very minimal use of receiver Arrelious Benn. The 2010 second-round pick finished without a catch for the first time in 19 games and was targeted just one time in the 24-18 loss in London.
That was largely because he simply wasn't on the field much, surprising given his big-play ability. Dezmon Briscoe instead took the majority of the reps at flanker, with Mike Williams -- per usual -- playing split end on the opposite side.
So, what is going on here? Let me attempt to offer some insight. I asked Benn this week how the reps at flanker were being divided. He offered the following explanation:
"When Earnest (Graham) went down, we only had one back," he said. "Then (fullback Erik) Lorig got hurt. So, then our base personnel was kind of out of the question. We had to go with our three-wide receiver set. Briscoe is the starting Z (that's the flanker) in that (lineup). You put the best guys on the field and...