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August 7, 2012 @ 12:29 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-7: Injury Update, Bucs Prepare For Fins

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Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn had a dominant day and head coach Greg Schiano discussed the team's injuries and depth chart in advance of Tampa Bay's preseason opener at Miami in this edition of Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at Buccaneers training camp on Tuesday, August 7:

• Bucs safety Mark Barron (toe), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), defensive tackle Gary Gibson (Achilles) did not participate in practice.

“Aqib – I think it’s going to be okay,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “We’re just precautionary. He did every rep. These guys worked hard and he did it in the practices leading up. I want to make sure he’s going to be okay and I don’t want to aggravate that thing.

“Gary had a little issue,” Schiano said. “He felt better and then he tweaked it again. It’s one of those things. We want to make sure he gets to feeling well. I hope they both can go Friday night, but we’ll see. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”

• 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.
• The Buccaneers did not make any roster moves on Tuesday.

• Tampa Bay released its first official depth chart on Tuesday in advance of the 2012 preseason opener at Miami. Schiano said that the depth chart doesn’t really matter at this point and that the team was obligated to throw something out there at this point of training camp for the sake of the league’s request.

• There were no real surprises on the depth chart if you’ve been following the training camp coverage on PewterReport.com other than LeGarrette Blount hanging on to the starting running back role ahead of rookie Doug Martin. Despite that news, Martin received the bulk of the work with the first team offense on Tuesday.

• The other real news regarding the depth chart was the fact that Preston Parker was ahead of Sammie Stroughter for both the kick return and punt return positions.

• Aside from the release of the Buccaneers official depth chart, there wasn’t much big news at One Buccaneer Place other than the fact that the team worked heavily on special teams during Tuesday’s practice. That’s not uncommon as so many of an NFL team’s special teams units in the preseason games are comprised of rookies.

• Schiano wasn’t committal in terms of playing time for the starters on offense and defense in Tampa Bay’s preseason opener at Miami on Friday night. Schiano said that the coaching staff is still meeting to discuss how many reps the starters will get against the Dolphins.

• The Buccaneers piped in crowd noise during the team’s 2:00 drills to end practice. Quarterback Josh Freeman hit Martin on a screen pass, Mike Williams for a big gain and tight end Luke Stocker down the seam to move the chains three times. But a drop by Backup split end Tiquan Underwood on third-and-2 forced the Bucs to attempt a 51-yard game-tying field goal attempt, but Kai Forbath’s kick was just short and the defense prevailed.

• Underwood has been one of the stars in training camp, but he had his worst day on Tuesday as he dropped three catchable passes within the last hour of practice. One of those drops came with the starters, but then Underwood had two more drops for backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky in the 2:00 drill with the second-team offense. Underwood has been steady and reliable in camp, but needs to rebound on Wednesday with a better practice.

• Orlovsky wasn’t sharp during his two 2:00 drills. The first one ended after three plays following an incompletion, a sack by George Johnson and an errant shotgun snap that resulted in 15 negative yards. After the bad snap, an angry Schiano restarted the drill. Orlovsky was able to hit Stroughter for a gain of eight yards and scrambled for a first down before misfiring on a pass to Ed Gant and seeing Underwood drop a catchable pass.

The big play of the drive was a huge pass play to tight end Colin Franklin down the middle to the defense’s 37-yard line. Defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim was covering Franklin on the play and was easily beaten. After a nice pass to Stroughter moved the offense into the red zone, Orlovsky’s last three passes were errant and fell incomplete as the defense won the 2:00 minute drill.

• Defensive end Adrian Clayborn had his motor dialed up a notch higher than everybody else on Tuesday during the 1-on-1 pass rush drills. Not only did Clayborn dominate left tackle Demar Dotson, he was the most impressive defensive lineman during the drills.

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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    So where does Penn do all his rehab if he is not in the outside area where all the other walking wounded rehab during practice? PR is this normal what Penn is doing and not much of any news coming out from the Buc organization?
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    Lb Brian Smith hasn't been cut yet; that's kind of big news!
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