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August 6, 2013 @ 12:50 pm
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Bucs Camp News To Know 8-6

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What unit struggled early in practice frustrating the coaching staff? What did head coach Greg Schiano have to say about TE Luke Stocker and his injury? Get these answers and more in this daily training camp feature.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday, Aug. 6:

PRACTICE CONDITIONS
Practice began at 8:45 a.m. under sunny skies and very hot and humid conditions with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Tuesday’s practice, which was deemed the hottest of training camp.

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 Tuesday. The players worked on the exercise bikes and did other rehab drills while the rest of the team was practicing.

• Offensive guard Carl Nicks took part in most of Monday’s practice, but was given an off-the-field day off Tuesday.

Schiano talked about Nicks Tuesday.

“He went really pretty hard yesterday,” Schiano said. “We all would have been shocked if he wasn’t sore. That’s the first time he has done that since, what, November, October? You anticipate that when you go that much that it’s going to be sore the next day. But the good thing is he gets to condition all during that rehab. That’s one of the things we need to do – we need to get in better cardiovascular shape when you’re coming off something like that. There’s no substitute for playing football, don’t get me wrong. But I think a good mix for him is going to be perfect.”

Missing from practice the last three days was defensive end Aaron Morgan. PewterReport.com asked Schiano about Morgan following practice on Tuesday.

“He had a little bit of a neck [problem]. We’re not sure exactly what – a strain, not anything too serious. But he has not been able to perform. So we’re rehabbing him, trying to get him back out there.”

TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• There were no roster moves on Tuesday.

DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Undrafted rookie Jace Daniels is getting reps as Tampa Bay’s second-team center this week. While Ted Larsen and Cody Wallace have more experience, the Bucs want to give the former college left tackle, who is 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, reps at center during the preseason and cross-train him to play that position.

• Peyton Hillis received more reps than Michael Smith did during practice on Tuesday, which has been a trend, and appears to be the fourth running back on the depth chart behind Doug Martin, Brian Leonard and rookie Mike James.

• Jamon Meredith continued to receive second-team reps at left tackle with Mike Remmers, who has played backup left tackle throughout most of camp, moving inside to left guard.

• Rookie tight end Tim Wright, who is a converted wide receiver, continues to receive reps with the first- and second-team in certain passing situations. Tom Crabtree is the starting tight end while Luke Stocker is out, but Wright is splitting time with Nate Byham as the No. 2 tight end.

• With Adrian Clayborn and Aaron Morgan out of action due to injuries, rookie Steven Means has been getting some starting reps at right defensive end, while Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is primarily backing up Da’Quan Bowers at left defensive end.

THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The Buccaneers spent the early part of Tuesday’s practice working on special teams with mixed results. Punters Michael Koenen and Chas Henry both struggled in their punting duties, with Koenen shanking two, and Henry shanking one himself. Special teams coach Dave Wannstedt was visibly unhappy with his kickers.

Head coach Greg Schiano tried to put a positive spin on things after practice.

“We had some great punts early on and then we had some that weren’t so great. Kickers – the big one was that time-ticking-off-the-clock field goal. That was pretty good, pretty special.”

Schiano “pretty special” kick was in reference to placekicker Derek Dimke’s last second 43-yard field goal in a hurry-up situation. Dimke split the northwest up rights which are half the size of regulation goal posts. Lawrence Tynes is still nursing a toe injury that has kept him out of practice. Tynes of course was signed after incumbent placekicker Connor Barth injured his Achilles in a charity basketball game the weekend before camp opened. Barth has been ruled out for 2013.

• The Buccaneers announced late Monday evening that Thursday night’s game against the Ravens failed to reach the 85 percent ticket sale benchmark and will be blacked out locally. WFLA-Channel 8 will show the game on tape delay Friday at 7:30 p.m.

• It is Florida and it is August, so naturally it is going to be warm. But on Tuesday the temperatures and humidity caused a steam bath so muggy that even Schiano mentioned it in his post practice news conference.

I’ve got to believe that was the hottest day we’ve had,” Schiano said. “And I told them before we started this thing leadership will carry this practice. And leadership did carry this practice because there were a lot of guys who would’ve liked to find a place to hide and they weren’t allowed to, not by me. That’s the key. Commonly we go through the pain together. I was aware of it. We gave them a couple more breaks in there than we normally do, just to be safe. But those guys fought, and the execution, we’ve got a lot of stuff in right now we’re preparing.

BUCS PLAYS OF THE DAY
• Bucs second-year safety Keith Tandy came free on a blitz up the middle out of Tampa Bay’s dime defense to sack rookie QB Mike Glennon on fourth down during the two-minute drill near the end of practice.

• Backup running back Michael Smith threw a jump pass in Tim Tebow-like fashion from the 1-yard line to a wide-open tight end Danny Noble for a touchdown in an 11-on-11 period.

• Starting wide receiver Mike Williams had a monster block on rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks, driving him 10 yards out of a rushing play and allowing Doug Martin a clear running lane down the left sideline before free safety Dashon Goldson was able to stop Martin after a decent gain.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He certainly has the skillset to do it. His injury doesn’t help. You look up and you’re into the preseason schedule, so you miss that grind, that chunk of time that I think is really a big part of what he needed. So I don’t know what that’s going to do to his progress, we’re going to have to see. But it’s certainly not the optimal way to go about it, that’s for sure.” – Schiano talking about TE Luke Stocker’s ability to be a starter and also the injury that is costing him reps.

TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
• The Bucs will have a walk-through on Wednesday that will be closed to the media and to the public prior to Thursday’s preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens preseason opener. The Bucs return to practice on Saturday morning at 10:10 a.m. at One Buccaneer Place. The practice will be open to the public. Practice and parking are free.

– Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook contributed to this report

Last modified on Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:51
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    I've seen more than enough of Stocker... Not a great blocker and when catching a pass, lumbers down the field until the first guy that hits him knocks him down. I agree with the other comments about Lewis.
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    Seen enough of Stocker already to believe that what you see is what you get. His Frankenstein-like movement should relegate him to a blocking role in 2-TE-sets. If he's our actual starting TE, it tells a story. Injuries aside, he looks like he always did. Not sure I'd outright cut him though - depends on other TE's preseason performances.
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    It's just too early to make those comments in my opinion about Stocker; maybe in two weeks, but not now. When Stocker was healthy he played good enough to start. I agree that he has been nicked more often than healthy and that he has to show something before the last pre season game.
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    Stocker, and Lewis make the team by their draft status,it's not what they do on the field, they're never on it! If Lewis couldn't step up for us last year when Wright, and Talib were out, why do we need him now? We have young guys, a draft choice, and Revis, cut this bum already. Same with Stocker, he's always nicked up, from what? Two wasted roster spots. My only hope is we can find a trade partner for Stocker.
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    Dimke made a 48 yard field goal under heavy pressure. Tynes does fairly well under 40 yards but he is not dependable over 40 yards. The Bucs need someone who can do it all. I agree with Horse on we need to have Dimke kicking in the Preseason and see if he is good enough to keep. Henry did better than Koenen today who has the huge contract. Need to give Henry a shot in the Preseason too. If he does as well, keep him for a lot less money--that will help the cap space next year, and Henry was the best kicker out of high school in the country and had also been a QB in high school and even kicked a 52 yard field goal and also did field goals his last year with the Gators, after a great career there as the punter--so he is very versatile. Glad Josh Daniels is being cross trained as a center. I think he has great potential and Maxwell has showed himself to be great at right guard. Versatility is the key as a backup lineman, and Zutah himself was a Left Guard when he was drafted, and he is a great center now. Glad Tandy showed his ability in sacking Glennon (a stick with no mobility). Trade Stocker if you can find a taker. N.E. loves TEs and owes Schiano after stealing our 1,000 yd rusher--let them reciprocate by giving us a good deal for Stocker.
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    Sorry Horse, this may be premature on my part, but I've already written Stocker off. I have no idea what I'm missing when he's in the tub. Hard to miss something you've never had. So I wish Luke well with whatever he does next! New HOF coach Bill Parcells says potential means you haven't done anything yet!
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    Speaking of being in the tub (you oldtimers will remember this), Stoker and Lweis remind me of Wally Chambers, who McKay named the Admiral because he spent so much time in the tub. He was a former all pro with the Bears who we gave up a #1 for. Maybe the biggest bust we ever had. I think if they don't cut Lewis soon it will begin to effect the team.
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    I would not write off Stocker yet at all. As for Tynes, who doesn't take care of their kicking foot? It told me that he hadn't really been working that hard since the Giants tour. I think it might be better to try out the young guy in the next couple pre season games.
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    Stocker is a bust and so is Lewis. Another two great draft picks!
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    And if Myron Lewis makes the team again I am eating my hat lol.
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    Myron Lewis is the biggest wuss I've ever seen on this team and that includes "slide so I won't get hurt" KR Dexter Jackson, who is a very close 2nd. However, worst player I've seen overall though is still Sabby Piscitelli. Sabby would somehow make it onto the field so his lousiness could infect the box score. At least M. Lewis and D. Jackson were never in the game that much to bring us down.
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    Yeah Tynes, you keep rubbing your little piggy on the sidelines while D. Dimke seperates himself as the best kicker on the roster. I can't wait to see how Dimke does Thursday night. The decision on who to keep at kicker could end up being Schiano's biggest decision this offseason. Bruce Allen used to say that kicker is the easiest position to scout. Don't over think this Schiano...just go with the guy who makes the most kicks this offseason and preseason.
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    I don't think Stocker is going to make this team....
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    I wish Alldaway. He's listed as a starter on the depth chart so I don't think he'll get cut altogether over the course of a month. Especially since he's only making 4th round draft pick money (post new rookie scale).
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