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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 CONDITIONS
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.BUCS INJURIES
• 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’S ROSTER MOVES
• Tampa Bay re-signed safety Troy Nolan, who was cut earlier in camp.DEPTH CHART MOVES
• 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 BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• 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. BUCS PLAYS OF THE DAY
• 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.QUOTE OF THE DAY
“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’S NEXT PRACTICE
• 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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