In a new Pewter Report training camp feature, Bucs News To Know
effectively wraps up day four 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 what you need to know about what happened at Buccaneers training camp on Monday July 30:Injuries
• Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has not released an official injury list and won’t be doing so until he’s forced to by the league in the preseason. Some players that missed practice on Monday include left tackle Donald Penn (left calf), wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), cornerbacks Derrick Roberson (hamstring) and E.J. Biggers (foot), defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (Achilles), and defensive tackle Gary Gibson (undisclosed).
• Cornerback Eric Wright was the only new and noticeable absence from Monday’s workout. In his post-practice press conference, Schiano was asked about Wright not being on the field and told the media it was most likely something minor.
• Tight end tight end Colin Franklin (undisclosed injury) who missed practice on Sunday, was back on the field and participated on Monday.
• Surprisingly, the last two days, which have been full padded practices, there have been less injuries than over the first two days which were in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.Roster Moves
There were no roster moves reported for Monday, July 30. The last move was made on Sunday when the Buccaneers announced the signing of former Colts and Chargers linebacker Nate Triplett.Bucs Depth Chart News
• There were no major depth chart differences between Sunday and Monday’s practice. Doug Martin continued to get the majority of the reps with the first team, although LeGarrette Blount was more involved on Monday than he was on Sunday. Early in practice, Blount and Martin were splitting time in run drills, but as the team as finishing the last period before practice was over, it was Martin who was the primary ballcarrier.
• Offensive tackle Demar Dotson continues to work with the first team offense, replacing Donald Penn who has a calf strain, and could be sidelined well into the preseason. Schiano said in his press conference today that Dotson has been good in relief of Penn, but was holding off judgment for some of the younger players until he is able to see more from them.
The Big News
• A source told PewterReport.com before practice that despite how pleased the organization was with linebacker Mason Foster, don’t count out Adam Hayward as a legitimate challenger to Foster for the starting middle linebacker position. Hayward is a special teams standout, and can play all three linebacker positions. However, when given the opportunity last season, Hayward was unable to beat out Foster, Geno Hayes or even Quincy Black for a starting position. Hayward started to games in place of Hayes, who was benched, but returned to the second string for being ineffective after two weeks.
• Monday's practice was closed to the public and the format was changed somewhat from the prior three days. While there were some VIP areas, the difference having 3,000 less fans in attendance was noticeable. There were a bigger variety of unit drills ran – from tackling to fumble recovery – along with some things not shown during the first three days.
Schiano talked about that in his press conference Monday just before noon.
“Probably the best we’ve worked in the four days – the hardest,” Schiano said. “Cleaned some things up. We got into some situational football, which is good. We’ll start to get into more of that each day now.”
• While mentioned in the depth chart news, Martin continues to appear to have a grasp on the starting running back role. Obviously, anything can change once the preseason games begin, but for now, Martin has taken the most snaps with the first team the last two days. Schiano alluded in his press conference that the ideal situation is to have two capable backs as the strain of a 16-game schedule makes it a necessity to have two quality backs. Blount certainly fills that criteria, but as of now it may be Martin’s job to lose.Standout Plays in Tampa Bay
• Wide receiver Vincent Jackson continues to make it almost look too easy. The veteran receiver got past cornerback Myron Lewis and snatched a Freeman pass from the air while contorting his body to avoid the hit by the safety, who instead collided with Lewis. While the two defenders tangled up and fell to the turf Jackson took the reception to the end zone for another highlight reel type catch.
• Tight end Dallas Clark has had a case of stone hands with a few easy, over-the-middle drops so far in camp, drawing understandable groans from the crowds over the last few days. But each day Clark dazzles the coaching staff and his teammates with superb one-handed grabs, too. Monday was no different as Clark, who was running an out route towards the sideline, was able to dive towards the sideline extending one arm to the ball and gathering possession while keeping his toes just in bounds for a completed catch.
• Linebacker Quincy Black, who was blasted by fans and the media last season for his lackluster play in 2011, continued his turnaround thus far this camp with another outstanding hit. Late in practice the Buccaneers first-team offense and defense matched up and the offense was practicing hybrid bubbles screen with some success. After seeing the play a couple of times, Black came from his strongside linebacker position and blasted Jackson hard enough the coaching staff held their breath until Jackson bounced back up. If Black can even have an average season, the Buccaneers defense may benefit drastically.
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