Who was listed as starters on the Bucs depth chart released Friday? What defensive lineman made the play of the day, frustrating an offensive lineman? Get these answers and more in the daily News To Know feature from PewterReport.com.
Temperatures in the mid-80’s greeted the Buccaneers as they made their way across to the practice fields just before 8:45 a.m. Friday morning. The 62 percent humidity and steamy temperature made for a sticky morning practice session.BUCS INJURIES
• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks missed Friday’s practice with a hamstring pull, and receiver Mike Williams left practice early with the same injury. Head coach Greg Schiano said in his post-practice press conference both were “mild” and said Banks could be back on the field Monday.
• WR Tiquan Underwood (hamstring), fullback Erik Lorig (calf), defensive lineman Ernest Owusu, defensive end Adrian Clayborn (groin) and tight end Luke Stoker (calf) were also all held out of practice on Friday. The players worked on the exercise bikes and did other rehab drills while the rest of the team was practicing.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• Tampa Bay made no new roster moves on Friday.
DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Running back Mike James and Brian Leonard continued to share reps with the second team on Friday. Second-year running back Michael Smith appears to be being left behind, and on the first depth chart of preseason, James was listed as the team’s fourth team running back along with Peyton Hillis.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The Buccaneers released their first depth chart of the 2013 season, but in the release noted it was unofficial.
The first team offensive backfield consisted of Josh Freeman as quarterback, Doug Martin at running back and Eric Lorig at fullback.
The starting wide receivers consisted of Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, and the team’s first team tight end was listed as Luke Stocker, despite not seeing any training camp action.
The offensive line was LT Donald Penn, LG Carl Nicks, C Jeremy Zuttah, RG Davin Joseph, and RT Demar Dotson.
• Other notable depth chart notes from the offense were Gabe Carimi and Mike Remmers as the backup tackles, Brian Leonard listed as second team running back, and Tom Crabtree as the No. 2 tight end.
• Defensively, Da’Quan Bowers was listed as the starting left defensive end, with Gerald McCoy at tackle, Gary Gibson at nose tackle, and Adrian Clayborn.
The starting linebackers were Dekoda Watson at SLB, Mason Foster in the middle, and second-year weakside linebacker Lavonte David.
The secondary starters were Leonard Johnson and Darrelle Revis at cornerback, with Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson at safety.
• Other notable defensive depth chart notes from the defense was Derek Landi listed as McCoy's backup, Johnthan Banks as the No. 2 corner behind Johnson, and Ahmad Black as Goldson's backup at strong safety.
• Michael Koenen was the first team punter with Lawrence Tynes as the placekicker, and Eric Page was listed at punt returner and Michael Smith as kickoff returner.
• Schiano is not a fan of rookie hazing and you won’t see a rookie wrapped in Saran wrap and taped to a goal post while Schiano is in charge. The only hazing seen at One Buc has been the rookies carrying the veteran’s shoulder pads into the locker room after practice. But it hasn’t been just the rookies, as one veteran has been carrying the rookies’ pads. Schiano talked about the leadership Gerald McCoy has shown.
"Gerald is a special guy,” Schiano said. “The thing I’m glad about is – hazing stops at picking up pads and singing a song. There’s none of that nonsense around here. If there was an attempt to be, we wouldn’t allow it. These guys, we need these rookies to do the things that we need this year. I don’t know who they’re going to be but we’ll need some of them – just like last year. So the sooner they become part of us, and that’s what our guys do, they welcome them with open arms. I think it’s good to have tradition, like the pads or singing, but that’s where it stops. And a guy like Gerald, he understands these rookies. I think he’s just trying to make them feel better.” PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim got a great rush on Donald Penn in the one-on-one battles, sacking the imaginary quarterback. Te’o-Nesheim’s victory in the exciting drill caused Penn, the often practice perfectionist, to become so frustrated he slammed his helmet to the turf. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was seen talking to Penn, trying to calm him down and encourage the Bucs starting left tackle.QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It all depends on if you have good leadership or not. I think we have good leadership. And our leadership beats the drum, pounds the message. And that’s all you need. Once you get the players reinforcing the message, then you get to coach. And that’s the secret. How fast do you get to coach and not worry about all that other peripheral B.S."
“I’ve been able to coach from the beginning (this season). These guys came in ready to work and ready to make the team work. I think these guys have worked incredibly hard. They’re doing a really good job, not execution wise all the time, or assignment wise, but as far as effort goes, yesterday was one of the tougher practices we’ve had since I’ve been the coach here and it was probably our best effort, just effort, not execution, but effort. We grade effort every single snap, all 22 guys, so it’s positive.”– Schiano on the leadership leading the culture change this yearTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the field Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. for an open to the public practice.
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