Which Buccaneers players got injured in the team's second training camp
practice? Who made the plays of the day for Tampa Bay? Get all of the
Bucs news that you need to know from Saturday's night practice right here.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at the night practice at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, July 27:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 6:30 p.m. on a sunny, pleasant evening at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers were in full pads for the first time this training camp. BUCS INJURIES
• Tight end Luke Stocker (calf), defensive end Markus White (foot), and punter Michael Koenen (toe) did not practice on Saturday. Guards Carl Nicks (toe) and Davin Joseph (knee) and cornerback Darrelle Revis (knee) are all rehabbing injuries from 2012 and participated in individual drill and walk-throughs only
• Near the end of the team’s scrimmage session, safety Ahmad Black was injured on a scoring play for the offense. Black got up under his own power but walked gingerly to the sideline.
• A couple other players were nicked up according to Schiano after the night practice. PewterReport.com will have more details after Sunday's practice.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers signed former Broncos fullback Spencer Larsen, guard Jeff Olson, cornerback Mason Robinson, and wide receiver Bobby Sewall.
• Tampa Bay waived rookie guard Jeremy Lewis and safety Nick Saenz.
• Wide receiver Jerry Johnson has been designated as exempt/left squad.BUCS DEPTH CHART
• Undrafted rookie Cornerback Rashaan Melvin was on the first-team of the third-down 11-on-11 drills and also started across from Johnthan Banks during the first drive of the two minute offense scrimmage.
• Former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree ran with the first-team offense to start practice, with Nate Byham relegated to the second-team, and Danny Noble on the third-team.
• Running backs Mike James and Michael Smith saw the most reps at the backup running back position at Saturday’s night practice.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer spoke to the media prior to practice and was encouraged with the enthusiasm he has seen in the area for the 2013 Bucs.
“I think you see it (excitement) through the whole community. People are very excited about the season and they see the offseason moves we made. And it is reflecting in the ticket sales we are doing. We have ways to go, but it is improving. So we are headed in the right direction.”
Glazer also praised general manager Mark Dominik and Schiano’s ability to work together for one common goal and also noted that Dominik has some tough choices when he had to transition the veteran team left by Gruden to the Raheem Morris era. Glazer pointed out both Dominik and Schiano have gotten rid of players not fitting the “Buccaneer Men” mold.
• When Tampa Bay signed Peyton Hillis earlier this week, a segment of Bucs fans were very excited and many were comparing him to Mike Alstott. But Hillis is still a ways away from being comfortable in the Mike Sullivan-led offense and way down the depth chart. A player who is rising quickly up the chart is Brian Leonard. The former Rutgers star is a bigger type back, but also has deceptive speed and good agility, as shown in his long 35-yard TD run in the two-minute drill on Saturday night. While some assume that Hillis will be the Bucs backup to Martin, don’t count out Leonard who had a big head start in getting familiar with Tampa Bay’s offense. And you can’t count out the trust and relationship Schiano has for Leonard after coaching him in college.
• Tampa Bay was in pads for the first time this training camp on Saturday night in front of what the Buccaneers estimated to me a crowd of 33,000 fans who came through the turnstiles at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night.TAMPA BAY’S PLAYS OF THE DAY
• The night practice featured a quarterback competition which asked the signal callers to throw three balls at a moving target. Adam Webber and Josh Freeman each hit one target, while Dan Orlovsky hit two targets and rookie Mike Glennon hit all three.
• During 11-on-11 drills, cornerback Leonard Johnson made a tremendous diving play to prevent a touchdown pass intended for Vincent Jackson. Jackson initially beat Johnson but the former Iowa State standout recovered well and laid out to deflect the pass.
• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks deflected a deep pass intended for Vincent Jackson on a post route during an 11-on-11 rep. Banks used every inch of his 6-foot-2 frame to leap in the air and knock the ball away from the 6-foot-5 Jackson.
• Former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard scored a 30-yard touchdown on a well-blocked running play to the left side. Leonard had plenty of running room and sped past members of the secondary on his way in for the score. BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
• “Without a doubt he was great tonight. Every day has been a new step for Adrian and today was great. He got knocked on his rear one time in the inside run drill at the beginning. It was the best thing that could of happened to him. He was laughing, I was laughing, and now it’s time to go.” – Head coach Greg Schiano on the play of defensive end Adrian ClaybornTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
• The Bucs will practice Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. The practice is not open to the public. The next public practice is on Monday, July 29 at 8:45 a.m.
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