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August 21, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-21

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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 CONDITIONS

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.



BUCS INJURIES

• 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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    My hope is that Freeman uses Tarkenton's comments as motivation to play well enough to go deep into the playoffs and gets rewarded with a renewed contract. After all, that's what we want to see.
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    Orlovsky at QB means the season is over.
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    Thanks 76 for coming up with a very plausible explanation for why Josh has digressed since his 2010 season. It had not occurred to me and that is a big mystery I have been trying to solve for some time as I have expressed before on PR. Not even PR has considered it before. However, if your explanation is correct, since Shiano will insist on Josh staying in the pocket, as long as Shiano sticks with that, there is little hope that Josh will snap out of his downward spiral. However, I see Gannon improving by leaps and bounds as he gets his reps; and he already understands this offense and looks cool in the pocket, and I am hopeful he will be ready to step in if Josh can't get us to the playoffs this year. I also feel our third string QB has even greater promise but he is 30 years old. Orlovsky definitely needs to be kept on the roster as insurance.
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    Thanks 76 for coming up with a very plausible explanation for why Josh has digressed since his 2010 season. It had not occurred to me and that is a big mystery I have been trying to solve for some time as I have expressed before on PR. Not even PR has considered it before. However, if your explanation is correct, since Shiano will insist on Josh staying in the pocket, as long as Shiano sticks with that, there is little hope the Josh will snap out of his downward spiral. However, I see Gannon improving by leaps and bounds as he gets his reps; and he already understands this offense and looks cool in the pocket, and I am hopeful he will be ready to step in if Josh can't get us to the playoffs this year. I also feel our third string QB has even greater promise but he is 30 years old. Orlovsky definitely needs to be kept on the roster as insurance.
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    If Revis doesn't play against Miami,HOW ABOUT IN FRONT OF HIS HOME FIELD CROWD against Washington.I would love to see the matchup-"REVIS VS RG3. GO BUCS
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    Im not gonna pull up the stats right now (I have it all on a screenshot of a tweet on my phone but Im tired), but look at FTs stats in his first four years as an NFL QB compared to Frees. JFs numbers are better in almost every catagory. In fact some of them blow his out the water (his passing yards come to mind. I think Free has an extra 3500 yards passing). FT need to shut his goddamn mouth. I dont care if hes being paid to be a jackass/analyst or a that hes a HOFer. Dont call out our guy when your stats dont match up to his in the same time frame. Just my .02. I like Free. Hes been inconsistent/frustrating as *censored*, but Im willing to give him this last year to get the light to go on for him. I anticipate a big year from JF in 2013. If Im wrong Im wrong, but as some have mentioned, FT had that defence in Minny, Josh has had jack *censored* his whole career and done fairly well with it all things considering.....But he really needs to get more consistent. While Ill go on record and say he probly lost us a game or two last year, he also got us in position to win a couple last year that our D and/or coaching staff then lost for us......JF has my support this year, and heres hoping for big things. Go Bucs.
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    Stats are for losers. Tarkenton started as a rookie QB for a expansion team with some of the worst players ini the league. Makes a big difference. Football in the 1960s-1970s concentrated on running the ball first, then pass. Today's NFL is different. Tarkenton was MVP of the league - Freeman not even close to that. In fact. Freeman is closer to the leagues worst starting QBs. He lacks leadership. He has been God Awful several times and anyone who has watched the Bucs over the last several seasons knows it. If the local Bucs flaghsip station doesn't like what Tarkenton has to say, don't interview him.
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    Looking at the condition of the team Morris and Dominik left for Schiano to inherit, I would say a strong argument could be made that the previous regime turned the Bucs into an expansion team with the exit of Gruden. Freeman was hampered by his first 3 years by getting little in the way of QB coaching and mentoring and was playing mainly on instinct rather than being a QB understanding the NFL. Too early to state what Freeman is or isn't. Hopefully, there will be continued improvement with yet another new QB coach.
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    I watch the Coach and Josh interview. Coach seem tired which I picked up as an indication that things are not in sink yet. I think he is probably glad that there is more focus on Freeman, Revis, Nicks, Bowers, Spence, and not the questions about the pass rush. Josh is just a great guy that you want to smile back at and just give him a big hug and say "keep Trying it will get better". This really is a big game for both Miami and the Bucs because every team wants this to go good for them; then it's time to get ready for Game 1 of the regular season. Go Bucs! Lets go from potential to performance!
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    I believe Carl Nicks has a far more serious problem than a "blister" on his foot. This is not going well and I'm beginning to believe we had better plan on his not being here much longer. Who would be the starter if Carl can no longer play? THAT is sounding like a question that needs to be answered and quickly. Especially if it means reshuffling the line at center too.
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    Garv; you might be right. I know one thing that if you get an infection in your foot as an athlete, you have to be patience with the recovery time frame. MY guess is that Nicks might be out for a few weeks before he gets in a game. I still believe we have enough back up that we will be okay until he comes back.
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    I grew up watching Fran play in Minn, and N.Y.. The Giants were really bad back then, fran the scram got that nick name running for his life every time he had to pass. I was never a fan of his, but he did take his team to the superbowl, and you don't get into the hall of fame without the creds. Fran was on a local radio show, was asked, and gave his evaluation of Josh. Like all of us he's entitled to his opinion. As it stands now Josh hasn't done a darn thing in this league. If I had to choose between a 25 year old Fran, or 25 year old Freeman, it's not even close. I'd take Fran.
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    You guys know when josh played his best a few years ago its because he would take off running and defenses had to back off a little and then he just stopped doing what was natural to him and decided to try and be Payton manning standing still in the pocket.Go back and use your instincts Josh thats what got you here.
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    76 You hit the Nail on the Head!!! Josh makes plays by extending plays, half of his best career throws are prob after 4 or five seconds ,not a Drew Brees 3 seconds but a big Ben 4 or 5 seconds............ don't try and make big ben Manning or Brady !!
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    I totally agree Josh is good and respectful young man and didnt lower himself to that old fools level.Who the heck does that 4 time looser think he is.
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    I used to think Tarkenton was great when I was a kid, scrambling all over the place. The reality is that he never won a super bowl and he played on the Vikings, a team with one of the greatest defenses ever........so......I now have to compare him to Trent Dilfer and the Ravens great defense and even Dilfer won the super bowl, so that means Fran sucked as a qb worse than Dilfer and we all saw plenty of Dilfer. Nuff said. Ignore him.
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    Pretty stupid logic there. Did Dilfer ever earn the league MVP like Tarkenton?
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    How sick & tired must Schiano be about answering these "when will Revis play" questions every single day?
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    I watched Fran Tarkenton from the time he played at Georgia, when Ray Graves's first young Florida team beat him and the Bulldogs 22-14 on Bob Hoover's beautiful diving game clinching catch into the end zone. I watched him at Minnesota and New York. I always thought he was a showboat and not a team player. Tarkenton is arrogant still to this day. The way he piled it on Josh was totally shameful. He should get back with Tony Robbins and start thinking more positive. Who cares what Fran Tarkenton thinks. How many Super Bowl rings does he have? NONE !!!! I don't see how he made the hall of fame. It must have been a momentary lapse of reason.
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    Josh is not a sawed off loudmouthed runt like Tarkenton. Josh is a gentleman and his response was that of a gentleman. I'm proud of him.
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    I'd rather hear people support Josh by giving examples where he wasn't "God awful" instead of attacking Tarkenton's record as a QB (HoF, by the way). Your argument would hold more water by citing Josh's stretches of being a top QB. We all know that he's capable of this and isn't God Awful. That label should be saved for players like Tebow and Sanchez.
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    I saw Tarkenton's entire career and he did take the Vikings to 3 Superbowls in the 70s, all three of which they lost. Miami 24-7, Pittsburgh 16-6 and Oakland 32-14. So obviously "The Mad Scrambler" wasn't very effective in big games. The Vikings had one of the all time great defensive lines in the Purple People Eaters (Alan Page HOF, Carl Eller HOF, Jim Marshall and Gary Larsen). Hall of famer Paul Krause was one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game. The Vikings defense was their strength. The Viking offensive linemen had to be extra careful with Tarkinton, so as not to be called for being illegally down field. I just never thought his style could consistantly win the big one in the NFL. Roger Staubach was the real deal and Sonny Jurgensen, John Brody and even Daryl Lamonica were much better throwers than Tarkenton. Tarkington was a good athlete no doubt At 6'0" 190 lbs you can see why Tarkenton had to scramble. Not just to escape pressure, but also to see the field. Fran also was pretty autonomous back in his day. He decided who could play offense and who couldn't for the Vikings. Fran sure had enough shots at the Superbowl to win one it would seem. Joe Kapp was the Viking QB when they lost in 1970. The prettiest passer I ever saw for the long bomb was Sonny Jurgensen, but he had Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor and TE Jerry Smith to throw to. Those 3 could all burn rubber. The Redskins were a blast to watch when Sonny was the QB. The Cowboys with Staubach and Dorsett were also electric. When the Skins played the Cowboys back then, those were games you could never forget. Those 2 QBs dropped back and delivered lethal strikes with no prancing around. Tarkenton bored me to tears and I hated watching him play.
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    Thanks for the update MC. Nobody had any setbacks physically today so that's always good news.
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