What were the highlights of the first day of Bucs training camp on Thursday? Who made the play of the day at One Buc Place? What was the quote of the day following Tampa Bay's practice on Thursday? All of the Bucs news that you need to know is right here.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday, July 25:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 8:45 on a wet, soggy field at One Buccaneer Place after thunderstorms and showers soaked the Tampa Bay area in the 8:00 a.m. hour. The Bucs donned helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for the first day of training camp.BUCS INJURIES
• Bucs tight end Luke Stocker missed the first day of training camp as expected with his calf injury. Other Bucs missing practice include defensive end Markus White (foot) and punter Michael Koenen (toe). All other Tampa Bay players practiced, including defensive end Adrian Clayborn, guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks and cornerback Darrelle Revis. Clayborn, Joseph and Revis all suffered knee injuries last year that required surgery, while Nicks had season-ending surgery on his toe after Tampa Bay’s seventh game of the 2012 season.
• Nose tackle Gary Gibson injured his right knee on the first down of goal line drill and went down. He walked gingerly to the sidelines after that with trainer Todd Toriscelli.
• Backup Buccaneers tight ends Zach Miller and Danny Noble were carted off the field due to cramping at the end of practice.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• There were no Buccaneers roster moves on Thursday. BUCS DEPTH CHART MOVES
• With New Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis sitting out the reps during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 periods, young veterans Danny Gorrer and Leonard Johnson started at cornerback ahead of rookie Johnthan Banks and newcomer Michael Adams, who were the second-string corners.
• Kevin Ogletree got the first-team reps with wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams.
• Veteran Gary Gibson got the start over rookie Akeem Spence at nose tackle prior to injuring his knee.
• As expected, rookie Mike Glennon was the number two quarterback behind Josh Freeman and ahead of veteran Dan Orlovsky on Thursday.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Legendary Buccaneers defensive tackle and 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp was at One Buccaneer Place to cover the first day of training camp for NFL Network. Sapp received some heavy praise from head coach Greg Schiano, who coached the defense at the University of Miami after Sapp left and would come up to watch Sapp practice with the Buccaneers.
“It’s neat wasn’t it?” Schiano said. “You can see how much he enjoyed being back out here. Next Saturday is going to be special for everyone in this organization [at Sapp’s Hall of Fame induction]. I wasn’t here when he played, but I used to come up and visit and watch him practice. When I used to go back to all the teams I coached, whether it was the University of Miami or Rutgers, so you watch him on TV and see the shenanigans and everything. But you go watch him practice and see how hard he works every single down in practice. That’s why he’s the player he is and that was that whole group. That’s what we’re trying to create here now – that kind of work ethic and that kind of focus on practice. Take care of practice like that, and the games will take care of themselves.”
• New Tampa Bay Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis participated in the first 11 practice periods and did a lot of the individual drills as he continues his recovery from knee surgery last year.
“I felt fine,” Revis said. “I think the biggest thing is just trying to dust the cobwebs off and get back out there. This situation right here with Coach [Greg] Schiano and Todd [Toriscelli], our trainer, is just trying to ease me in, and progress from there. That’s the biggest thing at this stage, and that’s what we’re doing right now – just focus on that progression.
“I did not sleep good last night. I think it was just being anxious – the butterflies for the first day of practice – to get back out there. Not really knowing what the outcome was going to be and I did what I could at the time and did as much as I could.”
• New Tampa Bay kicker Lawrence Tynes made his first field goal as a Buccaneer missed both of his field goal attempts from beyond 35 yards on Thursday. However, Tynes’ misses were just wide to the right on the Bucs’ skinny goal posts, which are half the width of regular goal posts.
• There was a solid crowd of fans in attendance for the Bucs’ first training camp practice, but it wasn’t standing room only at One Buccaneer Place. The fact that the initial training camp practice occurred on a Thursday morning during the work week, and inclement weather conditions with thunderstorms in the Tampa Bay area in the hours leading up to the start of practice likely influenced the turnout.
• New Bucs running back Peyton Hillis is wearing the No. 33 jersey. In his NFL career, Hillis has worn No. 22 and No. 40 before. Starting running back Doug Martin wears No. 22, and no Tampa Bay player has worn No. 40 since legendary Bucs fullback Mike Alstott retired years ago.
• Schiano said that full pads would come on for the first time this year on Saturday at the team’s night practice at Raymond James Stadium.TAMPA BAY'S PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams made a diving, one-handed grab across the middle on a deep pass from quarterback Josh Freeman. Williams was running a deep post pattern and had a step on cornerback Danny Gorrer. The crowd erupted with applause after Williams’ sensational grab.
“I did [see Williams’ reception],” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “That was an impressive catch. The guys got on him a little bit.”
• Doug Martin made a jump-step cut after catching a middle screen pass from Freeman and juked middle linebacker Mason Foster, who whiffed on Tampa Bay’s starting running back. BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There’s nothing else there’s no other agenda you’re here to play football you’re here to meet on football, you’re here to walk through football plays, then you go to bed wake up and do it again the next day. And everybody knows that – wives, kids, agents – everybody. So it’s time go get better and we need to get a lot better that’s for sure.” – Bucs head coach Greg Schiano on what Bucs training camp is all about.UPCOMING SCHEDULE
• The Bucs will practice Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place. The practice is open to the fans.
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