Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, July 31:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 8:45 a.m. under sunny skies with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Wednesday’s practice.BUCS INJURIES
• Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn, fullback Erik Lorig (calf), cornerback Myron Lewis (hamstring), tight end Luke Stocker (leg) and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (hamstring) were the players that did not participate in either part or all of Wednesday’s practice and worked with the training staff on the sidelines. Clayborn injured his groin during the early part of practice.
“Today, Adrian Clayborn injured his groin,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “After the individual [workouts] he was done. He couldn’t practice the rest of the day so I don’t know. That’s usually not a good sign. He’s incredibly frustrated, obviously, after being out all that time with the surgery. And he gets it rolling again and now something is holding him back, but that’s the way life goes, you’ve got to keep battling and he will.”
Cornerback Darrelle Revis and guard Davin Joseph continued to sit out team drills as they rehab their respective knee injuries. Revis received a little more individual work on Wednesday early in practice.
“He got a little bit today down on Field One,” Schiano said. “He covered the receiver and went through the passing tree. He’s been doing everything just on air, now we actually put a receiver on him, so it was good.”TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• There were several roster moves on Wednesday, headlined by the activation of punter Michael Koenen from the active/non-football injury list. The Bucs also signed guards Roger Allen and Howard Barbieri as well as linebacker Dom DeCicco. The team waived cornerback Mason Robinson, offensive tackles Brice Schwab and Jason Weaver.
Allen (6-3, 325) returns to the Bucs after having spent last season with the team, playing in four contests. Barbieri (6-5, 300) spent the 2012 offseason in Baltimore and played college for head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Barbieri entered the NFL with Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2011. DeCicco spent the last two seasons in Chicago, playing in 20 games, recording 12 tackles and 17 special teams stops. He entered the league with the Bears in 2011 out of the University of Pittsburgh.
DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Rookie Akeem Spence continues to start at nose tackle next to Gerald McCoy in most practices. On Wednesday, Spence took all of the starting reps while Derek Landri was relegated to second-string. Gary Gibson did not participate in team drills on Wednesday.
• With Darrelle Revis continuing to sit out team drills, the starting cornerbacks on Wednesday were rookie Johnthan Banks and second-year player Leonard Johnson. Michael Adams was the team’s nickel cornerback and undrafted rookie free agent Rashaan Melvin was the fourth cornerback. Veteran Danny Gorrer was relegated to third team.
• Dekoda Watson continues to take every rep as the starting strongside linebacker spot ahead of Jonathan Casillas. Meanwhile, Najee Goode and Adam Hayward evenly split the No. 2 reps behind Mason Foster at the middle linebacker position.
• Aaron Morgan was taking all the reps with the starting defense in place of Clayborn at defensive end after he succumbed to a groin injury. Morgan seems to be higher on the depth chart than Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who started in place of Clayborn last year, at defensive end.
• The number two running back role behind starter Doug Martin was split between rookie Mike James and veteran Brian Leonard. Michael Smith and Peyton Hillis split the reps with the third team.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Bucs starting left guard Carl Nicks took his first training camp reps during one-on-one pass rush-pass protection drills. Nicks got a few reps in and held his own before walking off the field with the team trainers as scheduled. Nicks and Joseph have yet to take reps with the starters in team drills. Cody Wallace filled in for Nicks on Wednesday, while Ted Larsen subbed for Joseph with the starting offense.
“By design we moved him up a couple reps into a real period,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “He was doing those teach periods, so little by little, very little you’ve got to see how he responds and then move him up some more.”
• The Tampa Sports Authority, which is the operator of Raymond James Stadium, met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the new NFL bag policy for all Buccaneers and University of South Florida Bulls games at the stadium. The only four types of bags that will be available at the stadium beginning on August 8 at the Bucs’ preseason opener will be a 12” x 6” x 12” (or smaller) clear plastic bag with handles, a one-gallon plastic freezer bag (or smaller), a clutch purse with shoulder strap or a clutch purse with a wrist strap.
• The Bucs worked on third-down situations on Wednesdays and the defense stepped up to the point where that side of the ball probably won the practice. All three of Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks struggled to complete passes to a degree and get in rhythm.
• Tampa Bay Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson uncharacteristically struggled catching the ball on Wednesday. Jackson had three drops – two of which were on slant passes.PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Tampa Bay’s second-year weakside linebacker Lavonte David continues to shine in training camp. During the red zone passing drills, quarterback Josh Freeman rifled the pass to James in the end zone, but as soon as the pass arrived David swatted it out of the rookie’s hand for a nice pass breakup to prevent the touchdown.
“Pretty good play, right?” Schiano said. “Poise. He’s got his back to the ball, doesn’t panic, and strips it out. That’s what we teach and it’s great to see him do it.”
• The Bucs ended Wednesday’s practice with a two-minute drill. Freeman guided the starting offense down the field for a touchdown, connecting with third wideout Kevin Ogletree for a 20-yard touchdown. Ogletree eluded Banks and safety Keith Tandy for the winning score as the offense trailed the defense 21-17 in the simulation.
Quarterback Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick, was given 49 seconds with which to work and the score was tied 23-23. On the second play, David Douglas and Glennon were on the wrong page as the receiver went to the left and the rookie’s pass went to the right – right into the arms of reserve safety Sean Baker to end the practice.
“We over-leveraged the tackle and Ogletree ducked inside,” Schiano said. “I don’t know [if he would have gotten into the end zone]. You put a lot on those officials, they have to kind of be mind readers. But it was a good throw and catch. That’s better. The operation was good, so we scored there. And then the ensuing drive we turned it over to go to overtime.”QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You know we were two minutes, and in most of the games – I think 73 percent of the games last season – came down to seven points or less. Two-minute drives. That’s something we try and work on everyday. Just finding opportunity, you know, our defense does an awesome job mixing it up, trying different things, blitzing, dropping the coverage. They do a number of things, but as the offense, we just have to stick to our rules. I think our line has done an awesome job in those periods. It’s late in the practice, it’s hot, and guys have to push through in the two-minute drill and hurry, hurry, hurry. Our guys are able to do that. Then on the outside, you know Mike [Williams] made a big play, [Kevin] Ogletree made a huge play. It’s coming together, man. We still have a lot of work to do, though.” – Bucs QB Josh FreemanTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
• The Bucs will practice Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place. The practice is open to the public and is free to attend.
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