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July 27, 2012 @ 6:21 pm
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Bucs News To Know 7-27: Martin Shines; Benn, Biggers Injured

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In a new Pewter Report training camp feature, Bucs News To Know effectively wraps up Tampa Bay's first day of camp with the latest on injuries, roster moves, depth chart news and more. Check out this Pewter Report article for all of the news you need to know.
Here is Bucs News To Know about what happened at Buccaneers training camp on Friday, July 27:

• Bucs cornerback E.J. Biggers injured his right leg in practice while jumping up for a ball with rookie strong safety Mark Barron and wide receiver Arrelious Benn. It may be serious as Tampa Bay claimed cornerback Desmond Marrow off waivers from Houston later in the afternoon. Cornerback Derrick Roberson (hamstring) was placed on the training camp PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but the team did sign cornerback Marquese Wheaton as a replacement.

• Benn injured his MCL on the collision during the play and will be out of action for four weeks, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Pewter Report cannot confirm Benn's injury.

• Several Bucs players suffered from cramps during the first training camp practice. Cornerback Aqib Talib and middle linebacker Mason Foster both had leg cramps on Friday. Talib, who is now focused on football after having his aggravated assault charges dismissed, was able to return to practice, but Foster was carted off. Quarterback Josh Freeman, tight end Collin Frankin and offensive lineman Desmond Wynn all threw up during practice due to the heat and the fact that practice ran two and half hours.

• Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and linebacker Adam Hayward, who were previously reported to be on the PUP list, passed their conditioning tests on Thursday, so they were removed from that list. Both participated in practice on Friday.

• In addition to claiming Marrow off waivers from Houston, the Bucs signed wide receiver Landon Cox and cornerback Marquese Wheaton.

Cox originally entered the league with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois, where he played in 50 games and started 30. In his last two seasons with the Huskies, he recorded 80 receptions for 964 yards and seven touchdowns.

Wheaton joins Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent from the University of Southern Mississippi. He started in all 14 games last season for the Golden Eagles, recording 59 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and three defensive touchdowns. He previously participated in the Buccaneers rookie minicamp.

Marrow played in 41 games with 33 starts in his collegiate career at Toledo, recording 204 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 29 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In his senior season, Marrow started all 13 games and recorded team-highs in tackles (83) and passes defensed (18) and tied for a team-high in interceptions (3). Marrow originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Texans following the 2012 Draft.

• Former Bucs WR Dezmon Briscoe, who was cut on Thursday, was claimed off waivers by Washington where former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris is the defensive backs coach.

• Demar Dotson ran with the first team at left tackle in place of the injured Donald Penn (calf strain) and undrafted free agent Bradley Sowell took some reps at left tackle, too.

• Roy Miller was starting in place of the departed Brian Price. Frank Okam was running second string with Gary Gibson currently listed as the third-string nose tackle on the depth chart. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano discussed all three players after practice, while general manager Mark Dominik discussed trading Price prior to practice.

• Eric Wright, who missed a good deal of the offseason due to a serious health concern, participated in the team’s mandatory mini-camp in June and appeared to be healthy in his first training camp practice in Tampa Bay. Wright was the starting right cornerback for the Bucs on Friday with Antony Gaitor as the nickel cornerback and Biggers as the fourth cornerback prior to his injury.

• The first-team defense consisted of Adrian Clayborn and Michael Bennett at defensive ends, Gerald McCoy and Miller at defensive tackles, Lavonte David at weakside linebacker, Foster at middle linebacker, Quincy Black at strongside linebacker, Talib and Wright at cornerback, and Mark Barron and Ronde Barber at safety.

• The second-team defense consisted of Okam and Okoye at defensive tackles, George Johnson and Wallace Gilberry at defensive ends, Jacob Cutrera at weakside linebacker, Hayward at middle linebacker, Dekoda Watson at strongside linebacker, Anthony Gaitor and Myron Lewis at cornerback, Larry Asante and Ahmad Black at safety. Former starting safety Cody Grimm was running with the third team.

• The story of the day was the heat and how head coach Greg Schiano and the Buccaneers were going to deal with the hot and humid conditions in Tampa during training camp and beyond. Gone was the air-conditioned “cool down trailer” that was a staple in the Raheem Morris era, as were the two-a-day practices.

Instead, Schiano gave the players two five-minute breaks, but they had to rest and recuperate in the sun and the heat. The Bucs’ practice lasted two-and-half hours to get the work in without the use of two-a-days, which have been outlawed by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“I just know it was hard, but we made it through,” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “Today was a test of our will, to see if we would, you know, buckle under the pressure when it’s hot. But this is our advantage. We’ve got to learn to play through it so when those other teams come in, it's like [we’re] used to it.”

Read more about how the Bucs are coping with the heat by clicking here.

• New Bucs wide receiver Tiquan Underwood made quite an impression on Friday, catching two touchdown bombs from Josh Freeman and Dan Orlovsky. On the deep pass from Freeman, Underwood used his blazing speed to beat cornerback Eric Wright and safeties Mark Barron and Ronde Barber for a touchdown. On the pass from Orlovsky, Underwood blew by second-year cornerback Anthony Gaitor for an easy touchdown.

• Rookie running back Doug Martin had a great debut in Tampa Bay displaying great hands in the passing game and an uncanny wiggle in the running game at the line of scrimmage when it comes to following his blocks, finding a crease and then running to daylight. Martin, who was running with the second team behind LeGarrette Blount, looked like a professional running back on Friday.

• Cornerback Ronde Barber, who is entering his 16th season in the NFL, got the loudest applause of any Buccaneer when he took the field on Friday morning. Barber is the only player remaining on Tampa Bay’s roster that has won a post-season contest (Super Bowl XXXVII) and the last link to the Bucs’ glory days.

For more standout plays and more on the first day of Buccaneers training camp, read Pewter Report’s premium Pewter Insider practice reports coming later tonight on PewterReport.com.

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    martin looks amazing running the ball
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    Great article. Loved the format.
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    From what I have read, Foster jumped on the back of Bigger's cart and went in to get an IV for dehydration. No leg injury as far as I know.
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    Hey guys...here's some news to know...Mason Foster was carted (meaning medical cart) off the practice field with an apparent leg injury today!!!???? That's some news I'd like to know more about...
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    With the loss of Lee-Roy Selmon, Ronde will and fittingly should always receive the loudest applause from Buccaneer fans...The truest and most consumate professional the Bucs have ever had in my humble opinion.
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    Well said, Buc4life79!
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