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Bucs happy with DE Clayborn's effort

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Mired in a three-game losing streak, it appears the young Buccaneers have hit a wall after starting the season 4-2. Raheem Morris said a lack a hustle by some players was a problem at times in Tampa Bay's blowout loss to Houston in Week 10, but we hear the team is very happy with the effort from rookie DE Adrian Clayborn. The Bucs would like to see more production from Clayborn, who has three sacks, no passes batted down and one forced fumble, but it might not come until the pieces around him on the defensive line, most of which are also young, developing players, improve. The Bucs selected Clayborn with the 20th overall pick this year to fill a void in the defense and help boost a pass rush that finished tied for the second-fewest sacks in the league (26) in 2010, but the Bucs haven't made gains in that area. They have only 13 sacks this season, which ranks 31st in the league.

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