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July 28, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
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Bucs News To Know 7-28: Benn, Biggers Out 4 Weeks; Clark Struggles

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In a new Pewter Report training camp feature, Bucs News To Know effectively wraps up Tampa Bay's second 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 the Bucs News To Know about what happened at Buccaneers training camp on Saturday, July 28:

• Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano said that both wide receiver Arrelious Benn and cornerback E.J. Biggers would be out for at least two weeks. Benn sprained his MCL and is believed to be out for as many as four weeks. Biggers’ broken foot could realistically sideline him for a similar time frame.

• Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams went down during the second half of Saturday’s practice with what appeared to be a leg injury. He had to be carted off the field, but it turns out that Williams may have been suffering from cramps. Schiano said he would be vague with injuries this year so as not to tip off the competition.

• Tampa Bay rookie tight end Drake Dunsmore and veteran offensive tackle Jamon Meredith did not participate much in practice. Meredith was seen getting his ankles taped after individual drills and did not return to practice.

• Free safety Ronde Barber was banged up intercepting a pass towards the end of practice, as was cornerback Eric Wright, who suffered a minor leg injury. Both didn’t appear to be serious.

• Former Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price passed his physical with Chicago, which means Tampa Bay will receive an undisclosed draft pick for him in the 2013 NFL Draft.

• There were no other roster moves by the Bucs on Saturday.

• Demar Dotson continued as the first team at left tackle in place of the injured Donald Penn (calf strain) and saw rookie Jamarcus Hardwick join Bradley Sowell in taking reps at left tackle with the injury to Meredith.

• The injury to Benn allowed Tiquan Underwood to get a few reps with the first-team offense. Underwood had a very good outing for the second straight day.

• Cornerback Anthony Gaitor was already running neck and neck with E.J. Biggers for playing time as the nickel cornerback behind Aqib Talib and Eric Wright. The loss of Biggers now gives Gaitor the nickel spot exclusively, and creates an opening for Myron Lewis, Keith Tandy, Leonard Johnson, Marquese Wheaton and Desmond Marrow to make a good impression with the team.

• Former starting free safety Cody Grimm has been running exclusively with the third team at the strong safety spot behind Larry Asante.

• Veteran Adam Hayward has been running exclusively with the second team at middle linebacker ahead of rookie Najee Goode.

• For the first time this year, NFL Films miked up Schiano, who is known for his intensity during practice. Should be interesting to see what comes out of Saturday’s practice on video and audio down the road on NFL.com and NFL Network.

• Schiano said that the Bucs would practice in full pads for the first time this year on Sunday morning. The weather was much cooler on Saturday than it was on Friday due to the partly cloudy skies.

• New Bucs tight end Dallas Clark really struggled catching the ball on Saturday with several dropped passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Some fans in attendance grumbled and groaned with each drop by the veteran.

• Free safety Ronde Barber recorded his first interception of training camp. Barber caught a deflected Josh Freeman pass that bounced off Clark’s hands.

• Several defenders aside from Barber got their hands on passes on Saturday. Middle linebacker Mason Foster had two pass breakups to lead the defense. Cornerback Aqib Talib also broke up a pass, which was intended for Vincent Jackson, and Goode, who is running with the third team, also defended a pass.

• Defensive end Adrian Clayborn was beating left tackle Demar Dotson routinely on Saturday morning in 11-on-11 drills. Clayborn overpowered Dotson on one play and stuffed rookie running back Doug Martin in the backfield for a loss. On another play, Clayborn split a double team and pushed Dotson aside to sack quarterback Josh Freeman. Clayborn didn’t actually lay a hand on Freeman, but would have easily sacked him if it were a game situation.

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.

Last modified on Saturday, 28 July 2012 14:14

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    Anyone know the health status of Marcus McNeil? if he's healthy enough to come into a NFL camp, then sign him as a backup now...If he's healthy, he's an upgrade over Dotson, and if Penn is back, then see what McNeil can do over at RT. Give a vetern backup/compitition for Trueblood. If Schiano is good buddies with Billichek, I think he should call up Bill, and be all like "Hey Billy, I noticed you picked up almost every FA tight end this off season. How about I toss you a 4th and a 7th next year, and take that guy Hernandez off your hands. He's not gonna get Gronk level Cheeze in NE. Let me sign him as a long term starter. Peace Out" - GS.
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    I am happy for Brian Price for passing his physical with the Bears and for the BUCS as well. This closes the "Price" era and time to move on from a drafting mistake. I wish Brian well in Chicago. My concern for this year is at left tackle!!! I am not a Donald Penn fan to begin with and the BUCS are wasting their time on Demar Dotsan. If I can see this, why can't they? He couldn't block my mother. Another total bust of a draft choice is Myron Lewis. I hope he is just a "camp body" and not being taken seriously. On a positive note, one player that is for real is Tiquan Underwood. This guy can fly AND catch the ball. He's a keeper and may well break into the starting lineup, if given a chance. I don't think there are going to be any surprises when the pads come on...I think the coaching staff already know who they are going to keep. The only real questions will be the special team players and that may take all of the pre-season to find out. Looking forward to the season but being realistic. Too many changes, from top to bottom, to really compete this year, however, the framework for long term success is clearly FINALLY here!!! GO BUCS!!!
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    Clark struggling worries me
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    Scott: You should have mentioned all of the time early in this practice session that was devoted to fundamentals. I can't recall that happening with any of the previous regimes. There was no wasted time and all of the players seemed attentive.
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    Thanks Scott for the updates. Go Bucs!
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