Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Saturday, Aug. 3:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 8:45 a.m. under sunny skies and hot and humid conditions with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Saturday’s practice.BUCS INJURIES
• Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn (groin), fullback Erik Lorig (calf), cornerback Johnthan Banks (hamstring), tight end Luke Stocker (leg), tight end Zach Miller, defensive tackles Gary Gibson and Derek Landri, wide receivers Bobby Sewell, Tiquan Underwood (hamstring), Mike Williams (hamstring) and Vincent Jackson (wife in labor) were the players that did not participate in Saturday’s practice and worked with the training staff on the sidelines.
• During practice, Bucs defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim hurt his foot going against Demar Dotson in one-on-one pass rush drills. TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• There were no roster moves on Saturday.DEPTH CHART MOVES
• With Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson out during practice, Chris Owusu got plenty of first-team reps alongside Kevin Ogletree and David Douglas on Saturday.
• With Darrelle Revis sitting out the team practice period and rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks missing practice due to a hamstring injury, rookie Rashaan Melvin started ahead of Michael Adams and opposite Leonard Johnson. Melvin’s stock is on the rise at One Buccaneer Place and he responded with three pass breakups in practice on Saturday.
• Brian Leonard was taking first-team fullback reps in place of Erik Lorig on offense, while rookie Mike James was the No. 2 running back behind Doug Martin.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Bucs starting left guard Carl Nicks took his first training camp reps during 11-on-11 drills. Nicks has been eased back into the starting lineup while recovering from a toe injury that caused him to miss the final nine games of the 2012 season.
“I’m anxious to watch the tape and see how he moved,” Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano said. “Again, we’re working with Carl. You put together a plan and with the best-laid plans you have to have feedback from the player because he’s the one feels the pain or the discomfort. So we’re just trying to really go step by step with him. With all these guys and get their feedback and then adjust the plan as needed.”
• Schiano raised the competitive nature of his players during a situational third-down offensive and third-down defensive period. The winning squad of each third down series had to do 10 push-ups. And it wasn’t just the players out on the field. If the offense won the series the entire defense had to do push-ups. If the defense won, the entire offense, including coaches, had to do push-ups.
“At this point we wanted something to keep it going,” Schiano said. “It’s the fourth day of a four-day stretch and we just made things competitive. I figured since we’re going to make things competitive rather than have a winner or a loser, let’s have a punishment for the loser. It was good because it was very balanced. I talk about back and forth, back and forth – it really was. Sometimes as a head coach you aim them in that direction, but I didn’t, I let it unfold. [The requirement was] ten [push-ups], but I’m sure there were some liberties taken.”
• The Bucs practiced Hail Mary offense and defense, and also practiced last-play situations inside the red zone with just a few seconds on the clock. Derek Hagan and Chris Owusu scored touchdowns for the offense on great throws by Josh Freeman. Owusu caught a pass in the back right corner of the end zone behind rookie cornerback Rashaan Melvin, while Hagan went across the middle and caught a scoring strike between linebackers Mason Foster and Lavonte David, while taking a shot from Foster in the end zone.
“Derek Hagan made a nice catch, you’re not kidding, and right in the middle of traffic in that end of game situation,” Schiano said. “That was impressive. And he’s playing through some discomfort as well, which is impressive for a veteran guy.”
• Tampa Bay Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson missed practice because his wife was in labor, and Schiano revealed that Jackson had a baby boy at the end of his press conference.BUCS PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Bucs wide receiver Chris Owusu made the most of his opportunities to start on Saturday’s practice with several amazing catches in 11-on-11 periods. He started things off with a deep square in across the middle catching a pass in front of cornerback Anthony Gaitor. Then two plays later, Owusu burned Gaitor for a 50-yard touchdown, catching a perfectly thrown bomb from quarterback Josh Freeman.
• Owusu and Freeman later connected on two more dramatic plays. Owusu made a diving, juggling catch of a pass in front of rookie cornerback Rashaan Melvin across the middle, and then beat Melvin again on a touchdown pass from Freeman in the right corner of the end zone on a last-play situation.
“He did make some big plays,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “I wasn’t studying Chris, but he jumped out to me a few times as well. So that was good.”
• Tampa Bay right tackle Demar Dotson had a ferocious pancake of defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim that wound up injuring Te’o-Nesheim’s foot as a result. Dotson may be the best pass-protecting lineman in camp thus far.
• Bucs first-year kicker Derek Dimke connected on a 48-yard field goal to end practice. Dimke has been just as consistent as veteran Lawrence Tynes in practice since the start of training camp.
“Lawrence has got a little ingrown toenail or something, and he really wears a tight, tight kicking shoe,” Schiano said. “A lot of the kickers do; they wear a shoe that's smaller than their foot so they can really feel the ball. So he was going to kick. If you notice, one guy's up, then the next guy's up. We go day by day, so they give their leg a rest every other day. But he couldn't go today because his toe wouldn't get into his shoe. It hurt too much so we told him, ‘Why don't you wait? And you kick Monday.’ I was impressed because Derek did it two days in a row and he hit some big shots today. It was his opportunity and he made the most of it. But it's going to be a competition until the end. We've got to figure this thing out. It's a big, big decision.”QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Mike had a little strain and with a day off tomorrow I thought it was just prudent on our part not to push it. He wanted to practice. He even came up to see me. I mean, that guy loves football. He knew today was going to be a competition day. So it’s like taking that guy out of the park and sending him home. But he understands and he had a great day of conditioning and rehab, and Monday he’ll be ready to go.” – Bucs head coach Greg Schiano on WR Mike Williams missing Saturday’s practice.TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
• The Bucs will have Sunday off and return to practice on Monday morning at 8:45 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place. The practice is closed to the public.
The next public practice will be Tuesday morning at 8:45 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place. Practice and parking are free.
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