Bucs MLB McKenzie gets chance to win starting job

Posted Aug. 01, 2011 @ 4:05 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

It wasn't a surprise to see Barrett Ruud, the Buccaneers' starting MLB for the past four seasons, move on and sign with the Titans. Ruud didn't see the commitment he wanted from the Bucs, and Tampa Bay didn't view him as a player they had to have. Deciding to give Tyrone McKenzie the first shot at becoming the new starter at middle linebacker, ahead of rookie Mason Foster, was a move few, if any, saw coming, though. McKenzie, a second-year veteran, joined the Bucs' practice squad last year after being cut by the Patriots and he played in three games for Tampa Bay. McKenzie appears to have a firm hold on the starting job, but we wouldn't rule out a veteran free agent getting added to the mix. The Bucs want a player that's comfortable in a leadership role at middle 'backer and McKenzie is embracing the opportunity to take charge and make sure his teammates are on the same page.

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