LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Two injury-filled seasons removed from an outstanding rookie year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton is healthy again and eager to hold off the competition for his starting job.
Clayton is being challenged for playing time by a group of hungry receivers that includes second-year pro Maurice Stovall and former Pro Bowl receiver David Boston.
Clayton made an immediate impact as the 15th player selected in the 2004 draft with 80 receptions for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. In 26 games over the past two seasons, he had 65 catches for 728 yards and one touchdown.
Stovall made two starts while playing sparingly as a rookie last year, while Boston was one of the NFL's top receivers before injuries and suspensions derailed a career that has also included stints with the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.