What did head coach Greg Schiano have to say about the possibility of guard Carl Nicks playing this week? What did Nicks himself say? How did former Gators running back Jeff Demps look in his first practice as a member of the Buccaneers? Get all these answers and more in the News To Know from Wednesday September 11.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, September 11:
• Practice began at 11:55 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper-80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets for the two-hour workout.BUCS INJURIES
• TE Tom Crabtree and CB Michael Adams did not practice on Wednesday, and head coach Greg Schiano said today it will be a while before we see Adams back on the field.
“Mike had surgery today on his knee, so he’s going to be out for a bit. But he’ll back this season, he’ll be back sometime after the break, I’m not sure when exactly.”
• Fullback Eric Lorig also returned to practice on Wednesday and the Buccaneers – running back Doug Martin in particular – couldn’t be more pleased. Martin managed just 64 yards on 24 carries on Sunday against the Jets.TAMPA BAY ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Wednesday.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The Buccaneers finally welcomed running back Jeff Demps to the practice field on Wednesday and he made an impression on Schiano right away who described the former Florida Gator following the Bucs first practice with Demps.
“Fast,” Schiano said. “He made one run today, he reversed field and he outran the whole secondary, the whole team really. You can see he’s rusty, he hasn’t played football in a while. He looked excited, [he has] fresh legs.”
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was equally impressed with the Olympic sprinter.
“It’s a different kind of speed, but [running back] Jeff Demps’ speed is no joke,” McCoy said. “I don’t think it changed. He ran a play today on the scout team where I was like, ‘My goodness.’ You can’t get a better look than that for [Saints running back] Darren Sproles, because he turned the corner, and I think I was literally standing next to him, then he was like 40-yards downfield. I said, ‘Is that how fast he runs?’ So, he’s fast man. He’s fast. Everybody was like, ‘Wow’ – it was simultaneous – everybody out there was like, ‘Wow.’ He’s fast, man.”
• Carl Nicks practiced on Wednesday for the first time since contracting MRSA according to Schiano, it is possible Nicks may be able to go on Sunday.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with [guard] Carl Nicks,” Schiano said. “He did some stuff today, you know, he’s limited, just playing it by ear, it going to be day by day. If he doesn’t go then it’s just like last week, there’s a group of guys could do it. Multiple guys got work at the position, [guard Gabe] Carimi right now is the guy if Carl doesn’t go, as of today. But we’re going look at it all week and make a decision.
“I’m not going to get into his private stuff medically but he’s doing well. So read into that what you may. He’s been out there doing some stuff like jogging and some other stuff. Today he was very limited, I don’t want you to get the wrong view but he was limited, he was out there doing some stuff.”
Nicks spoke during the opening locker room period and says he is ready to start playing football again.
"Do I have motivation to come back and play the Saints? Sean Payton – haven't seen him in a while? No, I've got nothing but respect for those guys. I love the way they compete and that's how I got my competitive edge. I'd love to play them but we'll see how it goes."
• The FedEx package from the NFL offices arrived at safety Dashon Goldson’s locker today as expected, and it wasn’t an early Christmas card from commissioner Roger Goodell. Instead a notice letting Goldson know his paycheck would be a little lighter soon after being flagged for a hit on a defenseless receiver against the Jets on Sunday.
Goldson talked about his “gift” from the NFL.
“The refs have a tough job, they got to call it like they see it," Goldson said. "But I got to play it, I got to play football. I play the game to win; I can't play timid. If I play timid, then it's a touchdown. I'm the last man of defense mostly.
"The game is tough as it is, and then you got to go ahead and think about what's a clean hit and what's a dirty hit. It is what it is, and we'll get to that when it's time for it."BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I don't want to toot my own horn but I'm pretty strong. I've just been trying to get [the foot] better, get it healed. I've never had a problem [with] upper-body or lower-body strength. It's just getting it healed and then we can worry about football after that. Now that it's healed, it's football."– Nicks on his recovery
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
Tampa Bay will be back on the practice field Thursday at 11:45 a.m.
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