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August 6, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-6: Jackson, Underwood School Young DBs

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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
• Cornerback Aqib Talib was the most notable player absent from Monday’s full pads workout. In his post-practice news conference head coach Greg Schiano told the media Talib left the Saturday night practice early with a tweaked hamstring, however he said he didn’t think it too serious. While no one is panicking, the words Talib and hamstring have to cause a little nervousness as the former No. 1 has battled hamstring issues over his career most recently last season, one so severe in fact it forced Talib to injured reserve.

• Michael Bennett was back in full pads after missing most of last week with an undisclosed injury, although the Bucs left defensive end didn’t participate in team drills or practice. The fact Bennett was dressed and on the field most likely means he is close, and may even be ready to go Tuesday.

• Defensive tackles Amobi Okoye and Gary Gibson both were held out for the most part. Okoye is still feeling the effects of minor knee surgery this offseason and Gibson described his injury as an Achilles flare up.

• 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
•The Buccaneers signed long snapper Andrew DePaola and waived tight end Chase Coffman.

Bucs Depth Chart News
• There weren’t any major depth chart shakeups while watching Monday’s practice. Doug Martin was still getting the majority of the first team reps over LeGarrette Blount at the running back position and most likely will enter the first preseason contest Friday night as the starter. But as Schiano has stated several times throughout camp, the players haven’t faced an opponent yet, so things are bound to change.

• Safety Cody Grimm did get some work in with the second team, lining up along side Ahmad Black for some snaps. Safety Sean Baker was also lining up at safety with Grimm during some of the team drills.

• Linebacker Adam Hayward is still pushing Mason Foster for the starting middle spot and seems to have a fairly firm grasp of defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan’s defense. Hayward was very vocal during his time on the field and has taken on somewhat of a leadership role with the second team it appears.

The Big News At One Buc Place
• The Buccaneers appeared to be working more and more on their game install for Friday night, practicing more game specific situations including piping in simulated crowd noise in hopes of getting the players acclimated to games on the road. Neither the offense nor defense appeared to have much trouble in their communication during the loud period.

• As mentioned above, the Buccaneers released Coffman and signed a long snapper to take his roster spot. Coffman was expected to push Luke Stocker but was outplayed by seventh-round draft pick Drake Dunsmore thus far in camp. Coffman was a highly productive tight end at Missouri, winning the Mackey Award given annually to the country’s top tight end, his senior season. Coffman and quarterback Josh Freeman are also close friends, but for whatever reason the two never appeared to develop any chemistry during the offseason or the first week of training camp.

• While Friday night will be the debut for many of the Buccaneers players to the NFL it will also be brand new for Schiano and several on the staff. Schiano acknowledged that fact Monday after practice.

“You’re only as good as your last situation as a coach,” Schiano said. “There are some no-brainers where, this is what you do, then there are some tough decisions and if it works you were right and if it doesn’t you were wrong. You guys get paid a lot of money to write whether it’s right or wrong and that’s really the way it goes in games. And we get paid a lot of money to win and lose, and that’s the hard part of those situations. That’s why I like doing them. For every one we do out there we watch 20 on tape and try to work through it as a staff and figure it out, but we’re trying to come up with new things all the time.”

• Former Buccaneers great Derrick Brooks was in attendance today along with fellow former linebacker Jeff Gooch. Former Colts general manager Bill Polian was also in attendance and spent several minutes with Mark Dominik during Monday's practice.

Big Plays In Tampa Bay
• Vincent Jackson gave cornerback Anthony Gaitor a lesson early in practice on Monday. The veteran receiver schooled the eager second-year cornerback on a tremendous double move, undressing Gaitor right in front of the stands creating a loud chorus of ooohs and aaahs from the crowd. 

The play was the first of the receiver and defensive backs 1-on-1 drills, and after Jackson left Gaitor in his shadow, Freeman delivered a perfectly thrown deep ball for a touchdown.

• Cornerback/safety Keith Tandy has had a solid camp so far and appears to be picking up the defense and getting more comfortable in the spotlight. Late in practice Tandy broke up what would have been a phenomenal catch by Preston Parker from Dan Orlovsky. Parker reached up to catch the ball above Tandy’s helmet and as Parker was bringing the football to his body Tandy reached out and knocked the ball from the receiver’s hands for an incompletion.

• Rookie Leonard Johnson has surprised many with his steady play for the most part this camp, but receiver Tiquan Underwood has been an even more pleasant surprise. During the 1-on-1 with receivers and cornerbacks doing battle, the slender, high-fade haircut-wearing Underwood used his great speed to just get past Johnson and out-leaping the undrafted rookie for a touchdown on a go route.


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    It's a good thing these young D.B.'s get to go against a top notch receiver like Jackson. We may need them if Talib ends this season like most, on I.R..
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    Talib hamstrings; ugh! That's not good news to hear.
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