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Bucs' Clayton facing uphill battle to make roster

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By Dan Parr

WR Michael Clayton entered training camp on the roster bubble, and we hear there's a good chance he will not survive the final round of roster cuts. Clayton was listed in the "other" section of the team's first depth chart, placing him in a category with two undrafted rookie receivers and an undrafted second-year player. Clayton's contract might be the only thing that keeps him on the team for the 2010 regular season, as he has not shown any signs of urgency or improvement in practice. GM Mark Dominik signed the former first-round pick to a five-year deal that included $10.5 million guaranteed before last season, and Dominik would like to get more for his money than the career-low 16 catches for 230 yards Clayton produced in 2009. It's clear Dominik miscalculated with that deal, and Clayton will have be far superior in preseason games than some of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart to make the 53-man roster.

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