The Buccaneers walked onto the practice field under partly cloudy skies but still very warm conditions. After a brief threat of sprinkles, the clouds blew over and the glaring sun beat down on the green turf. Temperatures approached 90 degrees before the 11:30 a.m. horn sounded, with typical August humidity drenching even those under the tents.BUCS INJURIES
• Fullback Erik Lorig (calf), cornerback Myron Lewis (hamstring), defensive end Adrian Clayborn (groin), defensive tackles Derek Landri and Gary Gibson and tight end Luke Stoker (calf) were all seen on the exercise bikes Monday. The players worked on the exercise bikes and did other rehab drills while the rest of the team was practicing.
Wide receivers Tiquan Underwood and Mike Williams were both back out on the field and participating in all drills. Both receivers misses a couple days with mild hamstring strains.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday the signings of linebacker Marvin Booker, and wide receiver Chris Denton.
Booker (6-2, 244), joins the team as a college free agent out of Rutgers. The New Jersey native was also a member of the Buccaneers rookie mini-camp this offseason.
Denton (5-11, 195), returns to Tampa Bay after having played with the team earlier this offseason. He played collegiately at Mount Union.
• In addition, the team activated tight end Luke Stocker from the Active/PUP list.
• The team also released safety Troy Nolan and waived wide receiver Bobby Sewall.
DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Cornerback Danny Gorrer saw some first team action during passing drills on Monday, lined up opposite of Johnthan Banks. Gorrer was beated by wide receiver Vincent Jackson on back-to-back plays during the 11-on-11 drills mid-practice. Although Jackson came down with the ball, Gorrer wasn’t in bad position and held his own.
• Defensive end Steven Means and tight end Tim Wright also got some first team looks on Monday. Schiano talked about both in his post-practice press conference.
“He’s (Means) getting better,” Schiano said. “He needs to go out there and play Thursday night at a high energy level and just let it go. I can still see a guy who’s thinking too much. So I’m sure he’s gaining information, but usually there’s that spike you see right away where it’s just pure ability, they come in rookie mini-camp and then as they learn it kind of slows them down. Now I hope he’s coming out of it, and I can see that.
“But how far out will he come and how fast? That’s usually the rookie struggle. That D-line game is such a bam, bam, in your face, that at this level you learn a lot of tricks as you go, especially when you’ve got a guy like Donald Penn, who’s been doing it for a long time. I’m sure Donald has taught him a few things.”
Schiano also likes what he has seen from Wright but said it is still early and said he has plenty to learn.
“He’s doing good things,” Schiano said. “He’s got a certain thing that we like to do with him. He’s getting better at the blocking part, which is important for him to be able to be on this team. I wouldn’t read too much into it with [Luke] Stocker down and [Erik] Lorig down, guys are getting pushed up into action. But obviously you read something into it because he is in that first huddle, and there are some other guys out there that could be. So he got some opportunities, but he’s got a long way to go. He’s got to play in games, we’ve got to see him do that.”THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The Buccaneers welcomed their season pass members as guests for Monday morning’s practice. The stands were crowded and lively during the nearly three-hour practice.
New season ticket holder Will Hoiler and his girlfriend Jessica Coirio had a great time as guests of the organization.
“This is our first year with season tickets and our first time to One Buc,” Hoiler said. “Everyone was as friendly as could be and we loved seeing the action up close. I have been to the night practice but being this close and literally hearing the players talking to each other was really great. Very cool.”
• Wide receiver Vincent Jackson, obviously juiced about being a new father, had one of the best individual practice sessions PewterReport.com has seen in years. There wasn’t a ball thrown that Jackson wasn’t able to snatch out of the air
• Receivers Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood returned to practice after missing the previous two workouts recovering from mild hamstring strains. PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Vincent Jackson one-handed grab over Danny Gorrer during 11-on-11’s mid-way through practice drew a loud ovation from the crowd on Monday. Jackson ran a 20-yard sideline route and Josh Freeman threw a back shoulder fade to the new father who reached up pulling the ball to his body and getting both feet inbounds in highlight-reel fashion.
• Markus White was very impressive in one-on-ones Monday. The former Seminole defensive end got the best of new guard Howard Barbieri then followed it up with another impressively quick inside move on Mike Remmers. White is behind the eight ball after missing the first week of workouts with a nagging injury, but based on Monday’s play, White will get some reps on Thursday night and have a chance to impress the staff.QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I think that’s too far down the road. I think right now we’re just trying to go day-by-day. That is the goal, we’ve talked about that, and I want to be there on the first day, the first game, and be out there ready to go with my teammates.
“We’re still in the phase where I’m just trying to do one-on-ones. Quarterback Adam Weber] came over there today. So I actually got the feel for a quarterback throwing the ball at me. So it’s just the phase we’re in right now, and we’ve just got to progress and move on.” – CB Darrelle Revis on his progress and rehab from ACL surgeryTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the field Tuesday morning at 8:45 a.m. in a practice open to the public. The next day open to the public practice will be next Saturday at 10:10-12:45 p.m. The Buccaneers will host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.
Copyright © 2011 Pewter Report, PewterReport.com and Pewter Insider. All rights reserved. PewterReport.com, the official site of Pewter Report, is an independent source of news and commentary and is not affiliated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the NFL.