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LB Casillas has earned more playing time

11/14/2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- The trade for Darrelle Revis and the free-agent signing of Dashon Goldson were the big offseason stories in Tampa Bay. But another subtle move is paying off.

That was the signing of outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas as a free agent from New Orleans. Casillas opened the season sharing time on the strong side with Dekoda Watson. But an injury to Watson opened the door for Casillas to get more playing time.

"I think a lot of it was the opportunity that Casillas got when Watson wasn’t 100 percent," coach Greg Schiano said. "He got the opportunity and took advantage of it. That’s competitive sport. He did a good job when he got the chance, so he got more. We talk all the time (about how) you earn your piece of the pie. He deserved more."

In Monday night’s victory against Miami, Casillas got 22 snaps while Watson only got one.