How did Josh Freeman respond to criticism from former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton? What is the latest with the Bucs injuries? What did head coach Greg Schiano have to say about Darrelle Revis on Wednesday. Get all the answers to these questions and more in the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, August 21:
Practice began at 8:45 a.m. under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Wednesday’s practice, which was closed to the media after the first 30 minutes.
• Buccaneers left guard Carl Nicks has suffered a setback in his recovery as a blister on his foot is infected. Nicks has not practiced this week and his situation will be monitored on a day-by-day basis. Some reports say Nicks could be out as long as month.
Head coach Greg Schiano updated the Nicks situation on Wednesday.
“Same status. We have to wait and let the medicine run its course ... I don’t know how many days before they even redo the culture.”
• Kicker Lawrence Tynes, signed just before camp after incumbent Connor Barth was lost for the season with an Achilles injury is still not practicing, prompting the Bucs to sign free agent and former Bills kicker Rian Lindell late Tuesday night.
• Fullback Eric Lorig was again not practicing because of a foot injury.
• Wide receiver Chris Owusu (ankle), running back Michael Smith (foot) and cornerback Danny Gorrer (ankle) did not practice and are day-to-day.
TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the signing of 13-year veteran kicker Rian Lindell.
Lindell (6-3, 227) joins the Buccaneers after spending the past 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he holds franchise records in field goal percentage (83.3), consecutive PAT’s made (225), field goal percentage in a single season (92.0) and consecutive field goals made (18). He also ranks second in Bills history in field goals made (225) and points scored (980).
Entering his 14th season, Lindell has played in 196 games, connecting on 283-of-348 field goals (81.3 percent) and 401-of-402 extra points (99.8 percent). He connected on his first 321 extra points, the longest streak to begin a career in NFL history.
• To make room for Lindell the Buccaneers waived reserve linebacker Joe Holland.
• On Tuesday the Buccaneers announced the signing of former Patriots Trevor Scott.
Scott (6-5, 260) comes to the Buccaneers after playing for the New England Patriots last season, where he recorded 14 tackles and 3.0 sacks. Scott spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. The five-year veteran has played in 72 games, with 18 starts, totaling 111 tackles, 16.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Bucs cornerback continues to make strides in his recovery from hid ACL injury and is getting more and more involved in the daily practices according to head coach Greg Schiano.
“He did a little more today. Yeah, he did a little bit more. So far, so good.”
From Schiano’s next comment it doesn’t appear Revis will see the field on Saturday in Miami.
“I wouldn’t say it has been eliminated. But again, I’ll just say that I don’t need to see it. You know when he says to you guys (the media) and I say we’re taking it day-by-day? I think the best thing he has done is he is truly taking it day-by-day. He doesn’t set these expectations so then he has this depression when it doesn’t happen. He just kind of plugs away. I think that’s one of the reasons he is getting better.”
Free agent safety Dashon Goldson confirmed how far Revis has come.
“Definitely, he got his hands on the ball the last couple of times he’s been out there,” Goldson said. “He’s been doing some great things. He’s not too far off when we make a play and he’s not even 100 percent yet so the sky’s the limit.
Goldson went on to talk about Revis and his recovery.
“You know yourself, you know your body, and you know what you can do,” Goldson said. “He’s proven himself off the field and we know what who we got and we know what we have in him so I’m confident.”
• During his post-practice press conference Schiano was very complimentary of Goldson for his leadership qualities.
“He has a very personality in a good way,” Schiano said. “He gets along with everybody, yet he has got the credibility for what he has done in his career that when he speaks, people listen. So they can hang out and be friendly, but when he puts the hammer down as the boss, they’ll listen.”BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well obviously Fran Tarkenton and his career speaks for itself. He is a Hall of Famer. But at the same time everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The important thing is people in this building – coaches, teammates – they have faith and they know who I am as a player.”– Bucs QB Josh Freeman on criticism recently by former NFL great Fran Tarkenton
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. in preparation for Saturday night’s preseason matchup on the road against the Dolphins.
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