Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Friday, July 26:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 8:45 on a hot, dry field at One Buccaneer Place, which was a departure from Thursday, which was wet from morning showers. For the second straight day, the Bucs donned helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for the day's training camp practice.BUCS INJURIES
• Bucs tight end Luke Stocker (calf), defensive end Markus White (foot) and punter Michael Koenen (toe) missed a second straight day. Guards Davin Joseph (knee) and Carl Nicks (toe) and cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee) are all continuing to recover from injuries last year and participated in individual drills and walk-throughs only.
• Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree suffered a left ankle injury and got up slowly. After missing a couple of plays, Ogletree was back on the field.
• Bucs linebackers Mason Foster and Jonathan Casillas suffered leg injuries towards the end of practice and did not return. Foster injured his right knee in team drills and walked gingerly off the field with head trainer Todd Toriscelli. Casillas hurt his left ankle and limped off the field with Toriscelli’s help.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• There were no Buccaneers roster moves on Friday. BUCS DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Rookie Johnthan Banks got some starting reps ahead of Michael Adams on Friday. Banks played alongside Leonard Johnson for several periods while Darrelle Revis sat out the team drills. Adams and veteran Danny Gorrer, who started on Thursday, got action with the second string at cornerback.
• Backup running backs Brian Leonard and Mike James saw a lot more action than Michael Smith did on Friday. Leonard moved to fullback when Peyton Hillis was at halfback on offense with the second string.
• Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence spent most of the day with the starters on Friday. Veteran Gary Gibson started at nose tackle on Thursday, but was relegated to the No. 2 defense on Friday.
• Nate Byham was still lining up as the starting tight end on Friday, ahead of newcomer Tom Crabtree and Danny Noble.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Recently retired Bucs legend Ronde Barber made an appearance at Tampa Bay’s training camp on Friday. Barber, who has been hired as a television color analyst for the Buccaneers preseason broadcasts this August, opted not to return for a 17th NFL season and decided to go into broadcasting for Fox Sports at age 37. Barber was doing some research on the 2013 Bucs team for his upcoming work on News Channel 8 WFLA, which has the rights to the Bucs preseason games.
Barber said he doesn’t miss training camp one bit after 16 years, and knows he made the right decision to retire.
“I don’t [miss playing football],” Barber said. “I’m good being at home. I’m good following it from afar.
“I don’t think I’ll have any problem being [critical on TV]. We live in a very subjective world where everybody has opinions so I don’t know why mine would be any different.”
• New running back Peyton Hillis got his first carries as a Buccaneer during Friday’s training camp practice. At 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, Hillis is Tampa Bay’s biggest running back by far.
• Although the Bucs are still cautious about not letting guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph take part in team drills, especially 11-on-11 sessions, backups Ted Larsen and Cody Wallace are getting valuable experience in practice. Left tackle Donald Penn is looking forward to lining up next to Nicks again as he did last year for the preseason and first seven games before the Pro Bowl left guard was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury.
“I’m real excited,” Penn said. “I think I’ve had a different guard next to me every year I’ve played. It’s going to be good to get Carl back and get some stuff settled. We just got going last year and then he was out for the year. We were just starting to hit our prime and then he was out. I can’t wait to get him back and doing a little bit more, but I tell them every day, ‘Don’t push it. We need you for the first game.’”
• Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson called a team meeting with Tampa Bay’s defensive backs and said that the secondary was going to lead the defense.
“I played against Dashon in the NFC West a bunch of times, and I’ve always felt he was a leader,” Adams said. “When he called us up and said what we had to do, I was able to watch him in San Francisco and noticed that their secondary led their defense. That’s what he wants us to do there. I’m all on board with that.
“The guy is a hitter. He can run. He’s fast. He’s everything you want as a safety.”
Goldson made a splash play in practice on a safety blitz, rushing quarterback Josh Freeman and batting down a pass as he broke through the line of scrimmage.TAMPA BAY'S PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Tampa Bay’s rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks recorded his first interception of training camp in zone defense in 7-on-7 drills. Banks read quarterback Josh Freeman’s eyes and anticipated the throw to record a turnover for the defense. On the next play, Banks broke up a pass intended for Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson.
“Banks is a long, athletic kid,” new Bucs cornerback Michael Adams said. “He reminds me of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie when he first came in, and I think he has a tremendous upside. I’m looking forward to playing with him. There are a lot of plays he can make as a taller DB. It’s a blessing to be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3. It reminds me of the same stuff that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie used to do.”
• Adams also recorded his first pick as a Buccaneer. Adams intercepted rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, whose late pass across the middle was pilfered by the 5-foot-8 veteran cornerback.
“I set a goal to get one interception or at least one pass breakup a day, and I was able to get one today,” Adams said. “Hopefully, it’s the first of many.”
• Second-year Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David quickly sniffed out a wide receiver pass as he attacked Mike Williams, who caught a backwards pass from Freeman and was ready to launch it downfield. With David bearing down on him, Williams barely got the pass off and it failed to connect with receiver Vincent Jackson.BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I think Josh had a great offseason. I think he’s doing better and better every day. He should have a lot of motivation seeing all these quarterbacks signing [lucrative contract extensions]. I know I would! He’s ready to go and we’re getting better and better.” – Bucs left tackle Donald Penn on the progression of QB Josh FreemanTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
• The Bucs will practice Saturday night at 6:45 a.m. at Raymond James Stadium. It will be Tampa Bay’s first practice of the year in full pads. The practice is free and open to the fans with free parking and discounted concessions. The Bucs will have a fireworks show at the conclusion of practice.
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