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September 2, 2013 @ 1:09 pm
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Bucs News To Know 9-2

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The preseason is over and the Bucs players and coaches couldn't be happier to finally concentrate on their first opponent the New York Jets. What did head coach Greg Schiano have to say about guard Carl Nicks? Who did the Bucs add to reach the maximum eight players for the practice squad?
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Monday, September 2:


• Practice began at 1 p.m. under sunny skies with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in just shoulder pads, helmets and shorts for Monday’s practice, which was closed to the media after the first 30 minutes.


• Guard Carl Nicks continues to suffer from an infection on his foot but head coach Greg Schiano didn’t rule him out for the season opener.

“Too early to tell, we have guys on our roster and we will choose one of them (if Nicks can’t play),” Schiano said. “They all can play guard. So one of them will end up being the starting guard if Carl can’t play.”

Nicks was not on the practice field Monday afternoon. Instead, Gabe Carimi was lining up at left guard during the first part of practice. The media was, and will be all season, limited to viewing just the first 30 minutes of the team’s daily practices.

• Tight end Tom Crabtree was not seen today on the practice field or in the locker room. Schiano told the media last week that Crabtree suffered an ankle injury last Thursday night against the Redskins. Crabtree is not expected to play on Sunday at New York and likely will miss more than just the season opener.

• Fullback Erik Lorig was back on the practice field during the media viewing time and was lining up at first-team fullback.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday the signing of cornerback Marc Anthony to the practice squad.

Anthony (5-11, 196) joins Tampa Bay after spending this past offseason with the Baltimore Ravens, where he was a seventh-round selection (247th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. A Chandler, Ariz. native, Anthony played at California.


• The main storyline at One Buc on Monday was the start of the real season and putting the preseason in the rearview window. The handful of players in open locker room all seemed pleased to begin focusing on specific opponents and being finished with the rigors of training camp and the preseason.

Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky was especially happy that the exhibition season was finally over.

“The preseason is a necessary evil in a way, there is not a ton of fun in it,” Orlovsky said. “You aren’t necessarily reaping the benefits of your work right away. You are laying the foundation for your season. I do think some games are necessary, but I don’t think four are. But you have to go through them. It is a grind.”

• The verbal and Twitter sparring from the Tynes family, Lawrence and his wife Amanda, continued over the weekend with Tynes insinuating that team trainer Todd Toriscelli is also dealing with infection.

In an interview with FOX Sports Tynes said, "I'm not a doctor. I just feel bad he's (Toiscelli) been dealing with a serious infection of some sort for the past four months."

On Monday head coach Greg Schiano was asked specifically about Tynes.

“Guys I am not going to be able to publicly comment on that,” Schiano said. “Just so we know moving forward. It is what it is. And I’m not being evasive. That’s just what I have to do. I hope you understand.”


“There’s definitely a renewed energy. You go through training camp and it’s bang, bang. A 'time to make the donuts' kind of mentality. The guys just keep doing and doing and doing it. And then all of a sudden, now we have a game here – soon. And you are game-planning, and that’s fun as a coach. You’re running practice and getting a little mini-game plan, and now you get to where we’re spending a lot of hours game planning this team. That’s the fun part of coaching. And now it’s here – 16, one-game seasons will determine 2013.” – Bucs head coach Greg Schiano talking about training the preseason leading into the regular season


The Buccaneers will be off on Tuesday and return to One Buc Place on Wednesday as they begin their gameplan install for Sunday’s road trip to face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
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    The Bucs will be ready to play and beat NY Sunday. Expecting big things from them this year. Goooo Bucs!!!
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    I agree Marvin Austin needs to be a Buc in the next few days, if memory serves me correct he was Tar Heel when Butch was there so we should have some pretty good intel on him. Like Bostad with Carimi this is another that makes sense. Sidenote: I am sick and tired of hearing from Tynes and his babbling wife, he is getting a fully guaranteed contract for essentially sitting home while he gets healthy. He acts as if the Bucs intentionally infected him and had some malicious intent. I commend Carl Nicks for handling the situation like a PROFESSIONAL and moving forward. I'd rather see the Bucs pay him his contract upfront and cut him, I'm sick of him being affiliated with the Bucs.
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    Do we still have to guess why the team let him walk? Rebel, quitter? Let's look at where he's at in games 8 and 16. Wonder how much playing time and actual success he'll have in Seattle this yr?
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    So Bennett likes Pete's laid back California style. No kidding! But it was Schiano's driving force that got him to the point he could demand a decent payday and be a second stringer on the same team that cut him in the first place. When teams change coaches they seem to always go the opposite style from the departing leader. Thanks for sharing Morgan.
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    Unc I couldnt agree more
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    I thought that Carimi looked solid at LG, especially in the running game. I also think it SHOULD be Meredith at LG. I CERTAINLY don't want to see Zuttah moved tg G again.. He is NEVER going to develop as a C if he keeps being moved to G.
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    I agree BUCJOE . Meridith didnt look bad all preseason and he played well at RG for us when joseph was hurt . I say give him the start!! My personal opinion , but since 3rd down is a passing down normally wouldnt it make more since to use leonard as RB and lorig at FB. This would give martin a breath and reduce risk of injury . It also would help the QB out a little bit in the pocket. If they start carimi and stocker i can promise you freeman and any other QB will be sucking the entire game. I would replace Stocker with Wright he can block and run routes and catch . So what if he is only 225 lbs. Most TEs are only 240-255 anyhow.
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    Glad we signed Marc Anthony...good to have a Roman hero on the team...or is he a singer? :-)
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    Thank God the talking is over and the playing will start soon. Go Bucs!!
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    Gunderss is absolutely right...we should sign Marvin Austin...kids got great potential.
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    I watched Carimi playing LG in the Red Skin Game and felt Carimi looked like the weakest link. He certainly did not look like a first round draft choice. If Nix cannot start the Bucs need to either play Meredith there or move Zutah there and let the second string Center play there, just like they did successively last year. Having Joseph back I predict will work better this game because Joseph got significant reps in the Miami game. Under Jon Gruden after protecting his stars in preseason those stars looked ordinary in the first game, which they would lose, but they played into shape during the season and looked better the second game. So Schiano did the smart thing by letting Joseph get significant reps in the third game. In either of the schemes above with Carimi on the bench there should be better OL play against the Jets, which means if the Jets game is lost it will likely be the blame of typical subpar play by Freeman and just ordinary play by Doogie, Revis, and our star Safety, all of which had very poor reps from overprotection by Schiano in the preseason and not fixing the pass coverage problem with the MLB--all on Schiano! At least we can watch this game on TV.
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    So we're to understand that Todd Toriscelli is "Typhoid Mary" in all of this (or MRSA-Todd)? Keep him away from One Buc Place and the players as well. I'm curious what we're going to do at TE w/ Crabtree out. Is Stocker ready to play the majority of snaps? Who'll be his backup because we all know he's not going to finish the whole game......
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    Finally the season begins and we all can support our Bucs. All the constructive criticism is over by many of us and it's time to look forward to a successful season. I believe in this coach and I believe we are a much better football team than last year. I don't know how it will end up, but one thing I know for sure is that there will be no player's quitting and giving up; us fans need to do the same. Go Bucs! Be the Team!
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    You really don't know about players believing in the coach, do you? Michael Bennett had some things to say about Schiano's style of coaching: “The coaches are very different. You know, Coach Schiano is more hard-nosed, military-type guy. And Coach Carroll is so laid back, it gives the guys chances to not be on their back but still coach them at the same time,” Bennett said. “Because I think a lot of players, they’re adults, too, and when you treat them like kids they get offended by that. You know what I mean? Because players, you know, they got their mortgages, they got their kids, they got wives, they got family, they got things they can do. “So they know it’s their job and they know when they make mistakes. But it’s a coach’s job to keep them honest, you know what I mean. But when a coach is just too much on them, I think the players rebel. Because, you know, they’re going to be like, ’Why is he on me like this? It’s my fifth year in the league. I know more than him.’ Guys are just like, you know, it just becomes a big conflict, I think.”
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    What a bunch of BS from Bennett. Maybe what he is expressing is why he is no longer here, no loss. He had his best year ever, statistically under Schiano and now he wants to speak ill of him. I'm glad he's gone. His attitude is not needed here, nor any others like him.
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    How many coaches in the league have a militaristic approach and are successful? Well Tom Coughlin to name one and Belichick to name another. This bad coaching that Bennett is talking about is rubbish!Tell me What player that has been released or waived has ever had anything good to say about his coach? Like the saying goes you cant polish a turd and Bennett is a Turd in my book!
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    Sign DT Marvin Austin!
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