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August 21, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-21: Shipley's Bucs Debut, Wright Injured

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In the latest installment of Bucs News To Know, new Tampa Bay wide receiver Jordan Shipley makes his debut at One Buc Place and cornerback Eric Wright got injured. Get the scoop and much more in this Pewter Report article.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at Buccaneers practice on Tuesday, August 21:

• After practicing on Monday after sitting out last week because he wasn’t feeling well, tight end Luke Stocker sat out Tuesday’s practice. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said that Stocker continues to not feel well and will be continually evaluated by team doctors.

Cornerback Anthony Gaitor (hamstring) didn’t practice with the team, nor did defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (knee).

Cornerback Eric Wright landed awkwardly during practice and seemed to injure his lower back. Wright was writhing around in pain on the sidelines as he was tended to by team trainers.

Quarterback Josh Freeman had some cramping in his hamstring at the end of practice and was pulled in favor of Dan Orlovsky during the middle of Tampa Bay’s second two-minute drill.

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), cornerback E.J. Biggers (foot) and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (Achilles) are still sidelined.

There were no roster moves on Tuesday except for the arrival of wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Monday.

• Shipley started off his first practice in Tampa Bay as a backup slot wide receiver and a punt returner. The former Bengals receiver didn’t show any ill effects of a knee injury that hampered him in Cincinnati. Shipley looked exceptionally quick and showed a nice burst on his punt return opportunities.

• Doug Martin was the starting running back on Tuesday with LeGarrette Blount being held out from team drills due to his mild groin strain. Blount participated in individual drills, but saw Martin start in his place during 11-on-11 sessions.

• Rookie Danny Noble continued to be used in the second tight end spot behind Dallas Clark with Stocker bothered by not feeling well and sitting out. Noble, who had his jersey number switched from eight to 86 last week, has seen his stock rise at One Buccaneer Place in recent weeks as he has climbed the depth chart ahead of Zach Pianalto and Drake Dunsmore, the team’s seventh-round pick.

• With Wright and Gaitor out due to injuries, rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson replaced Wright outside with the starting defense. In nickel defense, newly acquired Brandon McDonald replaced Gaitor as the starting slot cornerback role. It is noteworthy to mention that Myron Lewis was not in the lineup with the starters despite the fact that he is a third-year veteran.

• For the first time since the start of training camp, the Buccaneers didn’t practice in full pads on Monday. Schiano said that it was important for the players to start easing into the regular season routine, which will generally feature non-padded practices.

• After a scream-filled Monday practice with Schiano lambasting the team with some Jon Gruden-style harsh words, Tampa Bay’s head coach was back at it on Tuesday. When all the players didn’t run off the field fast enough for Schiano he blew the whistle and made everyone come back on the field and run off it again.

“Run off the [expletive] field!” Schiano screamed. “I don’t care who you are! Run off the field!”

• Former Kansas Jayhawks head coach Mark Mangino was the guest of Bucs general manager Mark Dominik on Tuesday. Dominik, a KU grad, is friends with Mangino, who was the national head coach of the year in 2007. Mangino got a big hug and a quick sideline chat from cornerback Aqib Talib, who played for him at Kansas from 2005-07. Mangino also shook hands with quarterback Josh Freeman, who was 0-3 at Kansas State against Mangino’s KU team during his three years with the Wildcats.

• Preston Parker continues to struggle fielding punts. After muffing several punts last year, including two at Jacksonville, and muffing another one in the preseason opener at Miami, Parker mishandled another punt during Tuesday’s practice. That drew Schiano’s ire, and he came over and had a few choice words for Parker. What didn’t help Parker’s cause is the fact that Shipley had a strong debut in his first practice with the Bucs, catching every punt cleanly and showing some dazzling moves and better-than-expected speed once he turned up field. Also working in at punt returner on Tuesday was Sammie Stroughter, Tiquan Underwood and Michael Smith.

• In 1-on-1 offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass protection-pass rush drills, the starting O-line prevailed as a unit, while the second-team defensive line got the best of the backup O-linemen. The most competitive battle featured right guard Davin Joseph and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy as they generally battled to a draw. McCoy is strong enough to drive Joseph backwards, but can’t finish because of Joseph’s strong hands and wide base. The thing that is concerning about McCoy is that he doesn’t have the quickness to redirect and get to the quarterback. He has a quick first step, but once he’s engaged with an offensive lineman, McCoy can’t quickly disengage and redirect his pass rush.

• The Bucs unveiled an interesting twist to their backup secondary in dime defense. Tampa Bay ran out four safeties flanked by Lewis and Johnson at the cornerback positions. Keith Tandy and Sean Baker were lined up in the slot cornerback positions and Larry Asante and Cody Grimm lined up at the conventional safety spots.

• Orlovsky replaced Freeman in the first of two two-minute drills at the end of Tuesday’s practice. Orlovsky threw a touchdown pass to Mike Williams in the red zone two plays later. But on the second drive with the backups, Orlovsky’s slant pass was intercepted by Lewis to end the practice.
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    Why is everyone so down on McCoy? The guy is excellent - he's not Sapp, but he's excellent. Peter King just called him at least as good as Suh. Every snap I watch of his, he's in the opposition back field causing havoc. He doesn't have the sack numbers I know, but DL is about more than sacks...he hasn't exactly had a lot of help. If we can keep McCoy healthy our D will be significantly improved over last year - we were 4-2 with him and 0-10 without him...I'm not saying it was all him, but the difference is noticeable across our team last year and this pre-season with him on the field. Let's give the guy a chance before we proclaim him a bust - each time he's been on the field I have seen good production.
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    Why is everyone so high on Shpiley? The goy is coming back from knee prolems and we don't need another receiver with bad legs. What we do need is a DT, Miller is not the answer and McCoy is just OK.
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    Maybe, just maybe, our players are not that good and no matter who the coach is, it won't make a difference. Screaming, yelling and cursing will not make us morf into good players. You are, what you are! New coaches, and staff and surprisingly, McCoy, Trueblood, Black, and Lewis still suck. A smart man once said "You can't get pee from a tree" Let's just keep blaming Raheem for the next 10 years. It's his fault that we did not draft quality players, and funded Manchester United instead of signing players in 2010 and 2011. Raheem, ran the scouting department, picked the draft picks, signed free agents, and refused to lower ticket prices in a bad economy. Opps! I forget, Raheem failed to take our all star lineup of 2011 to the Super Bowl. After winning 10 games, the previous year, with the NFL's most talented team. Relaity check! We have no back up QB, no fullback, converted DE, no clear no#2,3, or 4 receiver, no stable depth at TE, no RT because Trueblood can't block the sun, no DL except my dogg Clayborne, 2 good LB, David and the big Dogg (Roo!) Foster, and a good secondary, with a questionable over paying for an average free agent CB. All this, with no reserves or depth, equals a top 10 draft slot for 2013. I forgot to mention, a GM who should have been fired, long ago. So fans, please pump your brakes, Shiano has his work cut out. We are 6-10, with some luck.
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    Parker sounds like he is on the Bubble. McCoy is sounding very ordinary, and you got to wonder what our DL is going to look like on Game one. Offense is going to be ok but probably not the power running game we are all hoping for. But with no ability to stop the run or put pressure on opposing QB's, Our Offense may not see the field much. Sounds like we are back to Freeman trying to win every game on his own.
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    I have been baffled by how terrible Parker has looked this year when he was a world beater last year. What is the real story? Oh well, we still have plenty of WR talent on this team without him. I have seen Stocker play a few good plays but he just reminds me of Chambers many years ago who got the nickname the Admiral for all the time he spent in the whirlpool all the time with his aches and pains. I think we need to get Stocker well, make some good film on him, and trade him for whatever we can get. Noble looks a lot better, and surely out of all the TEs we have on the roster now we can find another dependable TE to keep. Dallas Clark is going to get most of the plays at that position in the regular season anyway. I am not enthralled with Schiano experimenting with lots of CBs or Safeties on defense. That is just inviting the other team to exploit their weight advantage and run all over us.
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    Looks like Parker is going now that Shippley is here. I feel bad for Parker as he started out camp looking good. But we gotta have good punt and kickoff returners.... I applaud Coach and Dom to keep looking for upgrades even this late. That's the drive to win that will help us get over the hump. What;s with Stocker? Scott. What does a McCoy have to do to get free of an Oline guy. I am asking about technique...
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    Noble sounds like a mature guy from the Bucs.com interview. I don't know what more to say, but I'm excited about Noble. There will definitely be surprises for the final and as always fluid 53 man roster. I'm pretty sure that by the end of preseason, we've got enough toys to put a legit team together.
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    Hello Shipley. Good bye Parker. It also looks like Lewis is not long for this team also. Scott, can you do an article on TE Danny Noble. He is an interesting prospect. Thanks!
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    Some players don't respond well to yeller's and Parker may have to go seek employment elsewhere. I don't remember him having this kind of problem last year? If Josh has any kind of hamstring issue then I would not play him or let him practice untill it is not even a slight issue. Stocker might have to go on the PUP for awhile. His concussion sounds more serious than we were previously told. No offense Coach, but you can't ask the Trainer or Doctor about the status of your player?????
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