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August 8, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-8: Mitchell Leaves Team, Roberson Waived

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The Buccaneers continued to give their backups considerable work On Wednesday in advance of Tampa Bay's preseason opener at Miami Friday night. The Buccaneers also announced four roster moves, including defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell who abruptly left camp. Find out the latest 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 8:

Bucs Injuries

•Defensive tackle Gary Gibson was again on the sidelines but didn’t participate in team drills. Gibson has a minor Achilles injury, and most likely is being held out for precautionary reasons.

•Defensive back Aqib Talib was also a scratch during Wednesday’s workout, still tending to a nagging minor hamstring issue.

• 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.

Roster Moves
• The Buccaneers waived cornerback Derrick Roberson and signed cornerback James Rogers to the roster. Rogers played collegiately at Michigan, alternating between cornerback and wide receiver. In a surprise move, head coach Greg Schiano told the media that defensive tackle Jayme Mitchell “left the team.” Signed in his place was defensive tackle Teryl White. Schiano said both Rogers and White will be available to play Friday night at Miami.

Bucs Depth Chart News
• There were no major depth chart shakeups and most likely won't be until after Tampa Bay’s first preseason matchup. On the field Wednesday, with Gibson still sidelined with an Achilles flare up, Frank Okam and Amobi Okoye took the majority of the reps behind starter Roy Miller. Okoye who has been nursing a sore knee on and off through camp was able to participate in numerous team reps and looked good against the second team offensive line, getting penetration on several plays.

While Doug Martin is officially listed as the No. 2 running back on the Buccaneers depth chart, the former Boise State Star took most of the first team snaps Thursday.

The Big News At One Buc Place
• As the Buccaneers start getting into game mode for Friday night, the first teamers gave way to those that will get the majority of the snaps – the backups. While several players will be getting their first taste of on NFL action, Schiano will also be in the NFL spotlight for the first time himself. The Bucs head coach didn’t seem too concerned with the career milestone.

“I really don’t think that way,” Schiano said. “I never have. That’s probably cheating the process a little bit, though, because you never really get to enjoy it, but I’ve always kind of been, what’s next. That’s just kind of how I operate. Hopefully some day, you retire and look back and say it was a heck of a deal, but not while I’m doing it.”

• The sudden departure of defensive tackle Jayme Mitchell raised a few eyebrows when Schiano announced the free agent acquisition had “left the team.” Earlier this week Schiano stated the defensive line depth was a bit of a concern, and with the loss of Mitchell the concern grows deeper. Tampa Bay signed defensive tackle Teyrl White to replace Mictchell. White (6-5, 278) had a productive four-year career playing North Carolina Central, racking up 158 tackles and 8.5 sacks.  He also had a team-leading 11 stops for loss in both his sophomore and junior seasons, blocked a kick as a senior and contributed at least 2.5 sacks in each of his last three years with the Eagles.  White started his NFL career in St. Louis last summer but was eventually waived midway through camp and picked up by the Seahawks.  The Seahawks eventually released him shortly before the start of the regular season, and he then signed on with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in November.

Standout Plays In Tampa Bay
• In 11-on11 drills during Wednesday's practice quarterback Josh Freeman found Luke Stocker on a tight end seam wide open until rookie safety Mark Barron cut in front of the route and made an impressive jump on the ball, almost coming away with an interception. Barron was back in action after missing a few days with a toe injury and hasn't made many standout plays thus far in camp. Wednesday's defensive highlight was an example of what the Buccaneers are expecting after using the No. 7 overall pick on the former 'Bama safety.

•During third-team redzone seven-on-sevens, quarterback Ratliff nearly had a pass intercepted by newly acquired cornerback James Rogers. The former Wolverine is way behind and needs several plays like that one to make an impact on the Buccaneers coaching staff. Although Rogers last played college football in 2010, he looks to be in great shape after spending last season in the Arena Football League.

• Tight end Collin Franklin had another good day working against the backup linebackers. Midway through practice Franklin worked to the sideline and took a pass from Ratliff down the left sidelines for a long gain. Franklin possesses very good speed and it took a deep defensive back to come over and force the tight end out of bounds. Franklin is way down the depth chart but long pass receptions as he has had the last two days could help his cause, if not for a roster spot then consideration for the practice squad.

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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    Gotta love these ametuer fans that want to be a NFL GM. We fans don't have a clue of the inner workings of an NFL Franchise. All they see is a good player that gets traded or cut. This team was an absolute mess last year. Maybe just maybe the coach and the GM know better than us. Maybe building team chemistry and getting the right mix of players is what this team needs. Every team has players that come and go. Every NFL team combs the waiver wire looking for depth. The Bucs are no different.
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    We pick up players that can't make other teams and expect them to fill our holes. We trade price for a 7th rd. pick that was a 2nd rd. pick for us in the draft. We double up on DT's because Miller was not the answer and now he is the starter again. We pay extra money to steal a WR off of another team, (Briscoe) and then wave him. IMO this team needs a GM and scouting department overhaul in a hurry!
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    There will be better DT's that get cut or placed on practice squads as other teams trim their rosters and we WILL pick up one of them. You can write that down....we ALWAYS do it and this will be no exception.
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    By the way I was kidding about giving up a 6th rounder to trade back for Price. I've never heard of that happening, especially over the course of two weeks. However, I was serious about wanting to know if the new signings have to pass a conditioning test. I'll try and make everything clearer next time.
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    From what I've read it was a variety of reasons with Price. Primary being health but just as important his attitude was affecting the locker room. Things are said to be much better since his departure. This was per NFL.com
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    Don't hear about players leaving much. Curious about any details that emerge as to why? Hope it wasn't anything similar to what Sears went through. - 3SK
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    I've thought that maybe Brian Price didn't want to be a Buc anymore because McCoy was playing the position and the role that Price would prefer. There's also a lot of back and forth on a bit of an exchange between Price and Barron. Either way, the sudden trade for a sixth rounder doesn't add up in my mind also Pinkstob and Horse and I'm sure everyone else! All that being said, the two players they've brought in seem interesting and not just street free-agents; these are players that have looked to 'stay in the game', and 'give themselves a chance at the Nfl.'(those are my quotes; my language peculiarities; i like to play with language!)
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    If depth at DT was such a concern then we shouldn't have traded Price for a 7th round pick until after training camp, if ever. Maybe Chicago will trade him back to us for a 6th round pick. I wonder if the guys we pick up off the street in the middle of training camp like Teryl White have to pass the conditioning test before they're signed. I'm just curious since that is the reason Price and Briscoe aren't here anymore. Can you clarify that MC?
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    It appears that we do have a big concern at DT and it is not made up. I will feel a lot more comfortable when Penn starts to play again and he try's out that calf. Glad to hear that penn is also getting in shape. Go Bucs!
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