Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Sunday July 28:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Tampa Bay began their practice nearly two hours later than they have been, blowing the first whistle at 10:30 a.m. instead of 8:45. Of course the Bucs were coming off their annual night practice at Raymond James stadium less that 15 hours earlier. As the case for the most part this training camp, clouds buffered the sun, shielding the players from the blazing direct heat. Temperatures were in the upper 80’s with barely a hint of a breeze. The practice was also 1.5 hours shorter than the earlier training camp practices.BUCS INJURIES
• 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. Tight end Luke Stocker (calf), defensive end Markus White (foot), and punter Michael Koenen (toe) did not practice on Sunday.
• Along with the above-mentioned players, Williams Gholston (hamstring), Eric Lorig (calf), Ahmad Black (ankle), and Steven Means (foot) were held out of Sunday’s practice. Means has a “tweaked” Achilles head coach Greg Schiano said on Sunday. Goldston has a hamstring injury, while Lorig has a calf issue. Black suffered a late ankle injury Saturday night. None are expected to miss significant time and would return this week.
• There were no injuries of any significance on Sunday.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• Tampa Bay made no roster moves on Sunday.
• Earlier this weekend 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
• Jamon Meredith split time at guard with Cody Wallace and the first team on Sunday. Wallace and Larsen have been getting the majority of the reps with Nicks and Joseph still be held out of live action as they recover from injuries.
• Brian Leonard, coming off a terrific Saturday night practice appears firmly entrenched as the second team running back, and took the majority of snaps behind Martin.
• Safety/CB Keith Tandy was getting reps at safety in the Bucs nickel package. Tandy could also be in the mix for the nickel corner role. The former West Virginia product struggled last season, but has impressed during OTAs and the mini-camps so far in 2013.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The was little news of significance on Sunday with a shortened practice and the team coming off an intense padded practice the previous night.
• As expected, the Buccaneers have suffered some nagging injuries, but at this point non have been serious. Unfortunately several of the players who have gotten little, if any practice time, are players that coming into camp were expected to be starters and in the case of Revis, Nicks, Joseph, Koenen, impact players. Schiano mentioned last week that while these players are missed by the coaching staff, the silver lining is that others are getting reps that they may not have normally gotten.
Cody Wallace has held his own at guard subbing for Nicks and as mentioned earlier, Black’s injury allowed Tandy to get more first team nickel safety snaps. Schiano said it is beneficial in terms of developing depth. As example from last season was Demar Dotson filling in for an injured Donald Penn and working exclusively with the first team in training camp and part of the preseason. Without those reps it is arguable that Dotson would have taken Jeremy Trueblood’s job early in 2012. And when Joseph went down, the virtually unknown Meredith stepped in and did an admirable job filling in.
• Schiano was pleased with the effort level the night before at the open to the public practice at Raymond James Stadium, but said the execution wasn’t what he wanted.
“Yeah, really good effort, really bad execution,” Schiano said. “I say bad, a lot of mistakes, a lot of assignment errors, which I fully expect. It was practice three. We installed 95 percent of our first, second and third-down defense so really with the exception of red zone and then the specialty areas, we hadn’t thrown a lot at them and that’s by design. Now we just have to rep it until it gets comfortable.”TAMPA BAY’S PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Wide receiver David Douglas made of the best catches of the first few days of camp, pulling in a Freeman back shoulder throw, reaching across his body and snagging the ball with one hand, all the while controlling his body and keeping both feet in bounds.
• Former Raiders WR Derek Hagan, who has had a fairly quiet three days of camp so far, embarrassed Deveron Carr in one-on-one drills. Of course the receivers have a huge advantage in the drill, as they have a wide-open field, know where they are going and the defensive backs have zero pass rush, linebackers or safety help. Hagan took off from the slot and faked a corner route that Carr bit on, before cutting across the field on a deep crossing route. Carr was 10 yards behind Hagan when the ball was delivered. The rookie corner from Arizona State could only slap Hagan on the helmet following the play after getting beat.
• The Buccaneers offensive and defensive lines went through a period of one-on-one battles that were very physical and impressive. While it was 50/50 on which unit won, it is clear the Bucs offensive line has significantly more depth this season that last. The standout performer was Dotson who was a man amongst boys in the drills, dominating and giving little, if any, ground to the defensive pass rushers. Dotson stonewalled starter Da’Quan Bowers twice in the drill, as an impressive display of one-on-one battles seen in the last few years. Dotson strength has always been his pass blocking, but it was evident today that his strength has gotten even better, which bodes well for quarterback Josh Freeman.BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“That’s who tradition is built. Ronde did that for Leonard (Johnson). Leonard grew up in this community idolizing Ronde Barber. He comes here as an undrafted free agent and Ronde takes him under his wing, even though Ronde is playing safety now. He had all those years at corner. I think what Leonard sees is – that’ the way you take care of each other. When you get your whole organization saying that’s the norm. Tradition isn’t touching a statue, and it’s not touching a flag. Tradition is the way people act within an organization. And that’s great to hear and we need more of that throughout every position group.” – Schiano on the importance of Leonard Johnson taking rookie Johnthan Banks under his wingTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the field Monday morning at 8:45 at One Buc Place in a free open to the public practice.
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