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August 10, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
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Bucs Camp News To Know 8-10

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What is the latest status on injured players? Who made the plays of the day during Saturday's practice? Get the scoop in everything that took place in the last open-to-the-public practice of training camp.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Saturday, Aug. 10:

Practice began at 10:10 a.m. under clear, 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 Saturday’s practice, which was one of the hottest of camp so far.

• Danny Gorrer (groin), Peyton Hillis (knee), Chris Owusu (ankle), Aaron Morgan (neck), Ahmad Black and Gary Gibson were held out of today’s practice. The players worked on the exercise bikes and did other rehab drills while the rest of the team was practicing. Davin Joseph (knee) went to the bikes after doing some offensive line drills.

• Offensive guard Carl Nicks participated for almost all of today’s practice, including most of the 11-on-11 periods, but sat out the two-minute drill.

Schiano talked about some of the players who left Thursday’s game early due to injury.

“Owusu is probably going to be a minimum of a week,” Schiano said. “Gorrer is probably about the same. Hillis probably a little sooner… I am not a doctor. I am speculating.”

• Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was seen hobbling off the field during the two-minute drill at the end of practice. It didn’t look too serious, but there was a visible limp as he went back inside the building.

“I don’t know [what happened to McCoy],” Schiano said. “Someone said that he had tweaked a calf or something. I’m not sure. I have to go see.”

• Tampa Bay re-signed safety Troy Nolan, who was cut earlier in camp.

• Wide receiver Derek Hagan, a former third-round draft pick out of Arizona State, was getting some first team reps in 11-on-11 drills today. Hagan had been getting reps with the second and third team prior to Saturday’s practice.

• Although defensive end Adrian Clayborn was back on the field after injuring his groin last week, rookie Steven Means was getting the first team snaps in the dime package.

• With safety Ahmad Black out due to injury, Cody Grimm was getting reps with the first team in three-safety sets.

“That’s how [Cody Grimm] makes a living – being very versatile,” Schiano said. “So he can fill in on this and fill in on that. I think in special teams he really has a feel, and he’s a smart football player. As we talked about earlier, we’re going to have to cut some good players at the end of this thing. God willing, they all stay healthy, which is a good issue to have.”

• After his impressive game on Thursday, running back Brian Leonard got most of the second team reps, ahead of rookie running back Mike James. James had been getting most of the carries prior to Thursday’s game.

• The Buccaneers spent the early part of Saturday’s practice working on special teams after the terrible game they had against the Ravens. The Bucs spent over an hour at the beginning of practice working on field goals, punts, and coverage drills.

• Today’s practice was the last one of the year open to the public, and there was a good fan turnout. After Monday’s closed practice, the team will head up to New England to practice and play against the Patriots.

• In the Bucs’ nine-on-nine run insert drill, running back Doug Martin got lit up by linebacker Dakota Watson for one of the biggest hits of the entire camp. Plays like those are the reason Martin ran the ball just twice on Thursday night.

• The best play of camp belonged to Steven Means in an 11-on-11 period. The offensive line completely missed the block on Means, who jumped up and snagged a Freeman pass right out of the air, returning it for a touchdown. It looked like a miscommunication between guard Carl Nicks and left tackle Donald Penn, and the rookie was able to take advantage of the mistake.

• Lavonte David continued his monster camp by tipping a forced Freeman pass in the end zone. The tipped ball landed right in safety Cody Grimm’s hands, who made the most of his opportunity with the first team today.

“Some good, some not so good, like a lot of rookies,” Schiano said of defensive tackle Akeem Spence. “He did some good things; he played hard. The one thing he’s going to do is he’s going to give you everything he’s got. We made a truckload of mistakes as a football team. So if we can have half a truck after Friday night’s game, we’re making improvement.”

• Tampa Bay will have their next practice on Monday morning open to the media, but not to the public. The Bucs will then head up north to practice with the New England Patriots, leading up to the game on Friday night at 8:00 P.M. eastern time.


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    The Bucs coulda shoulda gotten Carson Palmer during offseason. In spite of his team winning only 4 games, his season was good, can throw all the passes Freeman can and better, & he'd have given Freeman REAL competition. Now we just have to hope Freeman has a great season; otherwise no playoffs again. Glennon may improve in the future, but can't lead us to the playoffs this year.
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    Owlykat, did you see Tebow the other night play Philly? He was horrible. After watching Brady, and Mallett throwing laser darts, Tebow comes in, and has trouble putting the ball in the same zip code as his receivers. He held the ball waaay to long, took to many sacks, and couldn't hit guys who were wide open. He should've went to Canada to play, where the big field would let him run around with the ball, that's all he's good for. Glennon is so much better, and the only thing he could challenge Josh on is saying grace before the team meal!
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    Hagan earned the right to practice with the first team but Ogletree outshone him in the Raven's game and should have been in Hagan's place. Finally, Watson makes a big hit on our star running back. Could Casillas showing he should be the starter in the Ravens game had a positive effect on Watson? That also shows that Schiano's emphasis on having competition at every position is very worthwhile. However, Shiano should have brought in Tebo to challenge Freeman. Freeman is not intimidated by Gannon as shown by Free's six of sixteen stats at Saturday's practice. The rap on Spence was that he could not play a full game and was not a sacker but it is great to hear he has a high motor and I think he is going to eventually be a great tandem with McCoy, who was almost unstoppable under the lights with double teams on Spence.
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    Tebow???? Oh my goodness. Please stay right here on this board and don't go anywhere NEAR the GM job. BTW I hear Atlanta is hiring.
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    I believe this Coach will make adjustments and straighten a lot of this out. Now he knows who can play at game speed. I was impressed with Means. Spence and Golston on the DL.
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    Carl Nicks practiced....that's a good thing.
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    Coach S said Stocker practiced today.
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    I guess Stocker is still resting. Maybe someone should tell Stocker that the word POTENTIAL according to Parcells is a person that hasn't done anything yet! If Parcells was our coach he would be gone. You can't improve if your are not on the field. Three years 4th round draft pick and is just below average at best. Dominik should look at the Cowboys and Eagles as they have extra good TE's.
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    Nice write up- I've seen pictures of Revis in coverage today and was wondering how much live action he saw or was it all walk-through stuff?
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