Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Thursday November 21:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:30 a.m. under cloudy skies and warm temperatures. The Buccaneers practiced for almost two hours preparing for Sunday’s road trip to take on the Lions.
BUCS INJURIES• Head coach Greg Schiano told the media on Thursday that some of the Bucs injured players are getting well, but it is still too early to tell what their status for Sunday is as of yet.
“John (Banks) practiced today he was full [practice], fought through some pain, gutted it out,” Schiano said. “He did it because he knew, third down and red, how important it that is to get ready for.”
Mason Foster who suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Falcons may also be able to play on Sunday at Detroit.
“He’s getting better. don’t know exactly what that means for Sunday. We’re going to have to wait and see, [but I’m] cautiously optimistic.”
ROSTER MOVES• The Buccaneers didn’t make any roster moves on Thursday, but Schiano did speak about the team’s latest acquisition, former FSU fullback Lonnie Pryor, who was signed off the Jaguars practice squad on Tuesday. Schiano said Pryor offers the team flexibility.
“I think both [running back and full back positions],” Schiano said. “I think that’s what makes him a valuable guy, as well as what he can do on special teams. Mark [Dominik] and I, we really liked him on his college tape and we both laugh because we talk about the same game that we really liked him and he really did well in the bowl game and you remember and you think back to that Orange Bowl game. He can carry the football, he is a good blocker, he plays on special teams, we just need to get him acclimated to what we’re doing and see if it stacks up with the other guys on the roster.”
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• The matchup many will be focused on Sunday when the Bucs travel to Detroit will be cornerback Darrelle Revis and Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan talked about trying to defend a receiver like Johnson, and the challenges it poses.
“What we’ve done is we’ve put together a plan of how we’re going to attempt to cover Calvin, and of course Darrelle’s going to be a very, very huge part of that,” Sheridan said. “Then, from that, we’ll take feedback through the days of practice – obviously we’ve had two of them so far – and I think, for the most part, what we’ve proposed about how we’re going to do it, he’s completely on board and familiar with and has done it at the Jets when he was playing for them and they were doing similar things when they were playing top-notch receivers like a Calvin Johnson.”
Johnson is one of, if the not the best receiver in the NFL, but Sheridan warned that the Bucs have to be aware of other players on the field Sunday.
“I think that’ll be a big challenge for our entire defense, because [Detroit wide receiver Nate] Burleson’s due to come back as well,” Sheridan said. “They have other really outstanding skill players. [Running back] Reggie Bush alone can pose all kinds of problems in the passing game as well as running the ball. I think that’ll be one of the biggest challenges for, I’d say, the rest of our defense, because obviously Darrelle’s going to be matching up [with Johnson] quite a bit. That’ll be a great matchup, two great players. But I think the big challenge will be how our other players play on the perimeter against their skill, and they have outstanding skill, and the quarterback’s fantastic. I think that’s going to be very critical in how the game turns out.”
Linebacker Dekoda Watson has been impressed with what he sees on film from the Lions offense.
“Very impressive, it’s probably going to be one of the best lines that we face this year,” Watson said. “From the center to the offensive tackles, they really just got a nice squad and they’ve really been making things happen. We really are going to have to come out there and be focused, and being able to fill our gaps, being able to be where we’re supposed to be and getting to [Detroit’s quarterback Matthew] Stafford hard.”
• On Wednesday night it was announced that two former Bucs, linebacker Derrick Brooks and safety John Lynch, along with former head coach Tony Dungy had made the cut down to the final 25 for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Schiano talked about what that means to the organization.
“First, I think it’s important that everybody knows to recognize that three of our own made it to the 25 [Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists] last night with [former Buccaneers] Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Coach Dungy, so that’s something that this building is very proud of.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY“It’s going to sound like coach speak again but it’s about this week. The trajectory of this week is good. I can’t even begin to fathom what – its crazy right? Our world depends on the next six weeks but dare not let you think about six weeks from now because you’ll stumble on right now. We use the analogy in sports all the time, it’s like crossing a brook, those rocks are slippery, if you look up for one minute to see the other end you’re going to fall on your rear end so you just watch one stone at a time and step stone to stone and that’s kind of how we’ve got to do it around here.” – Head coach Greg Schiano on the trajectory of the team
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Bucs will be back on the practice field Friday for a shorter practice as they put the final touches on their game plan for Sunday’s road trip to face the Detroit Lions.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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