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.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
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 BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• 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.”
BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“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
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
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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