• Practice began at 10:45 a.m. under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Thursday’s practice, which was closed to the media after the first 30 minutes.
• Wide receiver Chris Owusu (ankle), cornerback Danny Gorrer (groin), fullback Eric Lorig (leg), and running back Michael Smith (foot) all missed practice on Thursday.
• Guard Carl Nicks continues to suffer from an infection on his foot and Schiano updated his situation on Thursday.
"Just same thing, you know taking the medicine, and they told us to give it five to seven days,” Schiano said. “Let’s give it some time and let it work so we’ll do that.”
TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
The Buccaneers didn’t make any roster moves on Thursday.
• On Wednesday Tampa Bay announced the signing of placekicker Rian Lindell. The former Bills kicker gives Tampa Bay three kickers in camp along with Lawrence Tynes and Derek Dimke. Tynes however, has been unable to kick due to a toe injury, and head coach Greg Schiano said the Buccaneers needed another kicker in camp to split practice duties with Dime while Tynes recovers.
BUCS DEPTH CHART MOVES
• Bucs offensive lineman Gabe Carimi showed off his versatility on Thursday, getting reps at both right and left guard in addition to right tackle. With Carl Nicks injury situation still an unknown, the Buccaneers have a few options. One would be to move center Jeremy Zuttah to guard and play Larsen at center, something Tampa Bay did last season after Nicks was lost for the season.
Schiano talked about that scenario as one that could happen.
“We’re working some different combinations so we’ll see,” Schiano said. “That’s not the plan right now, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I mean we’ve done it before and he’s shown to be proficient at it so I think we just have to play that by ear as well. Again, not knowing the time, how long he’s going to be out, makes it more difficult to do something like that if you even thought of doing it.”
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• Schiano was asked about the tight end situation, as Luke Stocker has seen little practice time this camp, and free agent signee Tom Crabtree hasn’t overwhelmed.
Schiano seemed to indicate that both will be equally involved once the regular season begins.
“I think it’s definitely by committee right now,” Schiano said. “Luke [Luke Stocker] hasn’t played enough to say that guy is going to go in there and play 50-60 plays that’s for sure, but I think that’s how we may have to do it all season, we’ll see. Let’s see how fast Luke can get back to the form that he was playing at because I do think that he improved last year and this spring.”
Schiano was then asked if each being something different to the position.
“Oh yeah, everybody has their own kind of thing that they’re better at, but you can’t pigeon hole yourself that way other wise it’s very predictable for the defenses so they have to be proficient at everything and certainly we’ll try and play their strengths without making it too obvious,” Schiano said.
• Cornerback Darrelle Revis is continuing to stay the course of what the coaches, trainers and management have planned for him in his rehab from ACL surgery. Schiano said on Thursday that Revis is increasing his workload daily.
“He practiced again today,” Schiano said. “I think he just keeps, and that’s four days in a row now. That’s the longest stretch we’ve went. So tomorrow, we’re not doing much anyway, but he’s going to be doing a strengthening day. The plan so far – he’s been able to stick to the plan and the increase in workload - and certainly you’re sore in general, every player is sore, but the part that we’re worried about, he’s doing well.”
BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We’re still a work in progress. We’re working hard every day. We have a great O-line coach. He’s (Bob Bostad) one of the best in the league, if not the best, and we’re working hard. It’s really hard to judge us when we don’t have our five out there, but the guys out there, they’re doing their thing. They’re stepping in there really well and trying to not to miss a beat. So this will be a big test. We’ll play a little longer and I’m excited about that.” – Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn on his offensive line teammates
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will have a walk-through practice on Friday before leaving for Miami to take on the Dolphins Saturday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.