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July 29, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
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Bucs Camp News To Know 7-29

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What players returned from injury? What cornerback had an outstanding practice on Monday? What did Greg Schiano have to say about Day 5 of camp? Find out in this daily training camp feature.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Monday July 29:

The Buccaneers four-day break of overcast and partly cloudy skies ended on Monday as bluebird skies and temperatures reaching 90 degrees greeted the players who took the field at 8:45 a.m.

• There were no new injuries on Monday reported by the Buccaneers.

• Davin Joseph (knee), Luke Stocker (leg) and Eric Lorig (calf) were all dressed and on the field, but only Joseph participated in the early walk-throughs.

• Carl Nicks (foot) and Darrelle Revis (knee) were given the day off as far as on the field work, but were rehabbing inside One Buc during the morning practice.

• Rookie William Gholston (foot) returned to action but Steven Means (Achilles) spent the session on the exercise bikes and doing medicine ball drills.

• Safety Ahmad Black was back on the practice field Monday after being held out of Sun day’s practice with a minor ankle injury.

• Punter Michael Koenen was held out once again, recovering from a toe injury. Koenen is expected back this week.

• Monday the Bucs announced today the signing of safety Troy Nolan. Nolan (6-2, 200) has played in 38 career games with seven starts, totaling 71 tackles, nine passes defensed, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Nolan played collegiately at Arizona State University, starting the final 25 games of his college career, before being drafted by the Texans in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. A four-year veteran, he has also played for the Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears.

• Tampa Bay activated defensive end Markus White from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.

• The team also waived of guard Jeff Olson.

• Derek Landri saw action today with the first team, lining up at nose tackle next to Gerald McCoy. Landri, signed by the Bucs as a free agent, played last season with the Eagles.

Head coach Greg Schiano commented on Landri’s play on Monday.

“We went out and got Derek Landri because we believed he could help us,” Schiano said. “And Derek is a good player and an experienced player, a vet, he just had the health issues in the spring. As he now knocks the rust off, he’s done some good things. So again, that competition, and [Gary Gibson] will be back Wednesday I think, and [Akeem] Spence is playing well. There’s a lot of good fighting going on in there.”

• CB Michael Adams was in on nickel downs for several reps, and blitzed from the corner. On one play Adams came off the left side unblocked and had a direct shot on quarterback Mike Glennon. Of course the quarterbacks wear the non-contact green jerseys and Adams had to just touch Glennon inside of blindsiding him. Glennon ended up completing a deep sideline pass but the play was marked as a sack and didn’t count.

Adams has been very impressive thus far in camp and may end up challenging Johnthan Banks and Leonard Johnson for the nickel corner role if he continues to excel.

• Rookie running back Mike James got some carries on Monday, something that has been scarce for him so far this training camp. James is buried way down the depth chart, but the Buccaneers are still high on his potential and upside. While James was never the exclusive workhorse for the Hurricanes, his versatility and unselfishness was something that attracted the Bucs to him.

• In his post-practice press conference Schiano talked about Brian Leonard and Peyton Hillis and what they will need to do, in addition to just providing depth at tailback.

“How many backs can you really dress?” Schiano said. “They need to be able to play on special teams and they need to have some multi-purpose use. Unless they’re just a tremendous, tremendous one-two punch runner. Then you can kind of live with that, but other than that, they better be able to do a bunch of things.

Physically they have to have the traits to do it (playing fullback). I guess emotionally would be the word, because they have to come to grips with the fact that I’m used to running it, now I’m, blocking it. And if you have the right person you don’t have a problem. If you don’t have the right person it is a problem. But I think those two guys are willing to do whatever it takes to help us win so we’re in good shape there.”

• The Buccaneers will be off on Tuesday, giving the players 24 hours to recoup and heal up some minor aches and pains. But Schiano didn’t appear to mind the players who choose to, coming into work Tuesday.

“It’s all voluntary,” Schiano said. “It is their day off per the CBA. The facility is open; there is treatment. Treatment can be mandatory, but other than that it’s their choice. If they’re healthy, it’s not the worst thing for them to get away from here for  a little bit. Coaches, it’s a little different, we work.”

• WR David Douglas once again made a highlight reel one-handed catch over Rashaan Melvin in one-on-one drills. Douglas adjusted to the back shoulder throw and tapped his toes just inside the sideline for the completion. Douglas has had a few drops of routine throws but tends to come up with the tough acrobatic catch on a regular basis.

• Cornerback Johnthan Banks had another solid day and in two back-to-back plays broke up two passes thrown by Josh Freeman intended for Mike Williams. Banks yelled and slapped his own helmet with both hands after reading Freeman’s eyes and jumping the route. The almost interception had pick-six written all over it.

“You don't really have to talk about what's understood. We need to get after the quarterback, we need to show them we are the draft picks they drafted and get after the quarterback and provide for the defense.” – Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn on getting pressure on the QB

The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m. and the practice is open to the public

Last modified on Monday, 29 July 2013 13:52

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    Does anyone think we need to develope peyton hillis into a FB maybe a little Alstott? I would love that! And why is Freeman being read easily by a rookie? Smh@ 5!
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    I agree with you EastEnd Boy. Been to 2 practices so far. We have SERIOUS issues @ DE, altough i love Clayborn. Saw flashes of brilliance b4 injury last year. We also have issues @ SSLB too. Banks is for real. He's doin well vs top receivers in practice everyday
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    So the rookie cornerback could read the 5th year starting quarterbacks eyes and is kicking himself because he knew he had a pick-six and blew it. Staring down receivers is a worisome Freeman trait that I had hoped would be eliminated by now. The fact that he is still doing that says to me that he always will. Not the progress I had hoped for.
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    Banks looks like the "real deal" thankgod we can;t afford to bust at that position we have no quality depth
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    Still hoping for something more exciting to come from our DEs....Bowers has reportedly not done well so far and was absent from commentary today. Clayborn was very unspectacular before getting injured last year and is just getting back to playing now. We put a lot of hope in those two guys this year....it could be a busy time for Revis Island and co in the secondary....let's hope for a turn around quickly at DE!
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    Means Achilles could be a problem for quite awhile. Who has some history about this type of injury for a DL if it is not torn; what's the norm recovery time?
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