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August 3, 2012 @ 2:22 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-3: Special Teams Shaping Up, Lewis Unloads on RB

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Lewis had a splash play Friday
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In a new Pewter Report training camp feature, Bucs News To Know effectively wraps up day seven 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.
Bucs Injuries
• Bucs safeties Mark Barron and Ronde Barber were at practice but sat out on again Friday to rest up some minor injuries. According to head coach Greg Schiano, Barron suffered a toe injury at some point this week.

• Defensive end Michael Bennett missed another practice with a mystery ailment. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano did not elaborate on Bennett’s condition when asked after practice Thursday, and again on Friday was evasive and said he was unclear on exactly Bennett was suffering from, but alluded to the fact it appears to be minor.

• Eric Wright was at practice but held out for the most part due to some tightness in his back according to Schiano.

• Guard Carl Nicks felt the effects of the hot temperatures today and left practice early. Schiano told the media he believed it was heat-related, and the staff wasn’t going to take chances in that situation.

• Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye continued to miss practice with a minor knee tweak. Okoye was in full pads and worked out with team trainers and in individual position drills, but did not participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

• Left tackle Donald Penn (left calf), wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), E.J. Biggers (foot) and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (Achilles) continue to miss practice. Benn was wearing a brace on his right knee, but was out at practice.

Tampa Bay Roster Moves
• There were no announced roster moves on Friday.

Bucs Depth Chart News
• There weren’t any big depth chart changes, but some players were able to get more reps due to players missing practice with health issues. The secondary again saw Mark Barron and Ronde Barber give way to Larry Asante and Ahmad Black who both are taking good advantage of the additional time on the field. Black had an exceptional day on Thursday, and looked good again Friday in pass coverage, and Asante didn’t appear to make any glaring errors.

• Gary Gibson was again working with the second unit behind Roy Miller and seems that if Gibson can stay healthy he will be the No. 2 at nose tackle.

The Big News At One Buc Place
•The biggest topic of the day was the extreme heat. While everyday so far in camp has been very warm, Friday was the worst according to Schiano who told the media, “Today was without a doubt the toughest day physically since we’ve been here. That flag didn’t move a heck of a lot.”

Most players took a knee during water breaks and the trainers had their hands full keeping the fluid bottle filled. While there didn’t appear to be many players cramping, left guard Carl Nicks was unable to finish today’s practice after “Feeling woozy” according to Schiano.

Schiano finished his afternoon press conference referring to the conditions again.

"I was really proud the way they fought through it. It wasn’t pretty, but we fought through it. That is about as tough as I have seen in a while. So that’s good.”

• Tampa Bay spent part of practice, as they do everyday, working on special teams, but Friday was the first day they worked specifically on punt block. Each day the special teams appear to install a new aspect of their playbook and Friday it was all about getting two hands on the ball.

The Buccaneers had two groups facing a punter and practiced taking proper angles for the punt block. The punters weren’t holding back and several players took the full brunt in the abdomen, forearms and hands, including Aqib Talib who appeared to get slightly dinged on one of the drills.

•Standout Plays In Tampa Bay
• Right tackle Jeremy Trueblood found himself matched up with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy at one point today, and the former Boston College product won a rare matchup with the Oklahoma native. McCoy went with an outside the guard rush move, ripping past guard Davin Joseph and quickly penetrating. Trueblood identified the threat and blocked down, manhandling McCoy fairly easily, driving the Sooner to the ground to the delight of his offensive line teammates.

• Sammie Stroughter took a punt back for an approximate 70-yard score drawing cheers from three quarters filled stands. Stroughter fielded the punt on the south part of the practice field and headed right before making a couple shifty moves then breaking it back left down the sideline to the end zone.

• Cornerback Myron Lewis had the hit of the day, laying out running back De’Anthony Curtis on a pass play. The big pop had many in the media area asking if that was really No. 23 on the hit as Lewis in his two seasons hasn’t been known as a physical presence. Curtis attempted to get back up, but immediately thought twice and returned to the turf until trainers arrived to render aid. Curtis eventually was able to walk off the field under his own power, and it appeared he just had the wind knocked out of him. Schiano talked about the hit during his news conference.

“You love it because you love hitting, but we just got to protect each other. It is a long year. I would rather see that one against Miami rather than us.”

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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    Oh goodie, an inside scoop coming. Que the organ music. Brian Price is gone, he's no longer a Buccaneer.............who cares how he's doing with the Bears. Hey, I saw WR Larry Brackins (remember him) playing Arena League football (?) last night. He was flagged for excessive celebration after a score. (Haven't we all been guilty of that?). Anyone care? Noooooooooooooo! The marketing term is called cognitive dissonance. That's when you buy something and then search the other store's advertisements to see if you got a good.................."price".
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    A strained muscle is no joke, especially a lower leg muscle of a 340 pound man. That is a lot of pressure on a calf. I t is difficult to explode or push off with any kind of calf aggravation, much less do it while stopping another large man from getting around you. He will be good to go about the third week of preseason.
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    Maybe Myron Lewis is finally ready to assert himself. He certainly has the ability to be an NFL corner. It will be good to have his size on the field given the size of these receivers today.
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    Thanks Mark, I know you are trying your best. I hope you find out the other reason Price was traded from your inside source. Go Bucs!
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    Horse, reports we are getting from Bears camp is Price hasn't done very well. We do have more knowledge but we can't do anything with additional confirmation. Still trying to see what we can gather.
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    PewterReportMC, Thank you.
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    Horse, try this link FYI-----http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1280565-brian-price-struggles-during-his-first-day-in-training-camp-as-a-chicago-bear
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    macabee, thank you.
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    Cody Grimm seems to be loosing ground; injuries catching up with him. Fortunately, we've got good guys stepping up.
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    Bennett's Mystery ailment...most likely a concussion. Penn....really...really...? A calf strain....well it does have something to do with a cow...and milking it! I wouldn't put it past Schiano to trade him for being a slacker, which may be the real reason he is sitting out of practice, waiting for the right deal to come around.
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