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September 12, 2013 @ 11:35 pm
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Bucs News To Know 9-12: Freeman Saga, Sell Out, Revis

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What did Greg Schiano have to say on Thursday about quarterback Josh Freeman missing the team photo? What was Freeman's response? What was cornerback Darrelle Revis' thoughts on the players-only meeting? Get the answers in this News To Know feature from 9-12.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday, September 12:



PRACTICE CONDITIONS

• Practice began at 11:45 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in shoulder pads and helmets for the two-hour workout.

BUCS INJURIES

• TE Tom Crabtree was once again held out of practice as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain that took place in the Bucs final preseason game against the Redskins.

• The Carl Nicks watch continued on Thursday but head coach Greg Schiano was once again non-committal if Nicks would be able to play on Sunday against his former team the New Orleans Saints. Schiano said Nicks was limited in practice on Thursday.

• TAMPA BAY ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Thursday.

THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Head coach Greg Schiano addressed the controversy surrounding the team this week, dealing with the reports that quarterback Josh Freeman missed last week’s team photo.

“The team photo was taken on Monday. Schiano said. “He (Freeman) overslept and missed the meeting. That was dealt with me internally, and we’ve moved on. That was a long time ago in football days. But that’s all there was to it. He overslept and missed the picture.

Schiano was then asked if Freeman has ever had any other issues in the past with missing obligations or meetings.

“I have to deal with that for a lot of players,” Schiano said. “So for me to stand up here and say no that wouldn’t be true. But I don’t want it to appear like he’s late for stuff. There are things he’s been late for these things a lot of players have been late for. My whole thing is there’s no excuses just excused absences. I’ll leave it at that without going into our internal way that we handle things. He wouldn’t be the only one that’s been late for something.”

• Cornerback Darrelle Revis also spoke to the media today regarding the controversy surrounding the Buccaneers the last few days.

Revis commented on the players-only meeting that was held prior to last week’s season opener against the Jets.

“It was basically about us as a team. I don’t really know [anything] about that, heard the story, but don’t know much about who’s captain and whose not.
 
“Eco [long snapper Andrew Economos] called it. I guess it was him and the leaders that had a meeting prior to that meeting. They wanted to share some things as a team, as us moving forward as a team. They’re trying to capitalize on this year, it’s a big year for us as Buccaneers, and we want to capitalize on it as much as we can.

“There’s no turmoil. It’s the first game; we wanted that game real bad. We got the corrections figured out and we’re moving on. It was a great game we had up there, just a couple of mistakes that we could have capitalized on, but we didn’t. Now it’s a new week, this is a division opponent, and we have to focus on New Orleans now.”

• Former Gator and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps spoke to the media for the first time on Thursday as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and said he is taking it slowly.

“I’ll take it a day at a time,” Demps said. “Everything is going so fast I just have to slow it down every once in a while.

“I’m not even close [to being ready to play football]. I’m working hard and doing the best I can to get back in football shape. I know it’s going to be tough, but I’m working hard. It’s exciting, but at the same time it’s draining,” Demps said. “I’m enjoying it.”

Schiano also said don’t expect to see Demps on the field Sunday versus the Saints.

“Could he? Sure anybody can throw on a helmet and shoulder pads on and go out but I think that would be prudent. The guy hasn’t played football in I don’t know how long, over a year maybe or close to a year? I think we’ll get him, we’ll get those two weeks where he’s a roster exemption and that’s good, get him back in the flow, and then we have to make some decisions.”

• And finally the Buccaneers announced that their home opener this Sunday will be broadcast locally, something that happened just twice each of the last two years. 19 of the last 23 regular season home games have been blacked out locally.

BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I think as a team we’re not trying to let it distract us. We’re looking at our task in our hand and that’s the New Orleans Saints. We need this win, this is a must-win for us, because it’s against a division opponent, so we’re not worried about that. We’re just trying to weed it out and just focus on the task at hand.” – Revis on the rumors flying over the previous two days


TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
Tampa Bay will be back on the practice field Friday at 11:15 a.m. as they put the final touches on Sunday’s game plan for the New Orleans Saints. Game time is 4:05 p.m. and will be broadcast locally it was announced on Thursday.


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    This one will really test our metal. Please Refs let 'em play ball.
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    according to reports Josh QB and team leader slept in. WhAAAT? What time was the team photo shoot 9-10 AM Maybe. Who the heck sleeps in until 9:00 when you are usually up at team practice at 6AM Sure would like to know what time he showed up. Might shed some lite on this whole deal. Shut down Breeze and then this will all be history(maybee) if the media stops making issues instead of reporting issues.
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    The Buc's sold a game out (85% ) , it's more like the Saint's sold it out as there will be just as many Aints fans as Buc's fans.
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    Well Bucs Fans YOU DID IT-Yoy SOLD OUT A GAME AT THE RJS.I hope if Tampa shows alot of great sistutations and win. I think Tampa can do it sunday against the ARCH RIVAREL SAINTS-Now this time the real Tampa bay Offensive will show up, and I hope the defense WILL THOTTLE DREW BREES. I believe that the officials was a home favorite crew. TAMPA DOESN'T GET ANY RESPECT NOW. I HOPE THEY START A THREE GAME WINNING TIME GO BUCS. SOME OF THE SPORTS WRITER AROUND THE US SAYING NOW THAT HIT ON JETS QB WAS A GOOD HIT.HE WAS STILL IN BOUND. LETS REBOUND-GO BUCS GL HICKS CLASS OF 64'HB PLANT 50TH YRS HIGH SCHOOL REUNION 19&20 OF SEPT IN 2014, AND IWILL BE THERE IN TAMPA.MAYBE 21ST OF SEPT NEXT YR TAMPA PLAYING AT HOME AND I WILL SEE MY FAVORITE TEAM-BUCS.
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    Gergehicks: This Chamberlain grad of 1965 admires your spirit! Go Bucs!
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    Baffled that any nfl player would ever let themselves be late for any function pertaining to their job. They have a dream job that affords them an elite life. Any of us would do just about anything to give back to something that gives them so much... sure I've been late to my job before but I don't have millions of people that pledge their heart and soul (and hard earned money) in support of me playing a game. Disgraceful that "over-sleeping" or any situation like that which is totally in your control would ever be an excuse.. Embarrassing. I don't dislike Josh but that pisses me off. Badly. I would LOSE sleep at the mere thought of being less than anything I could possibly be. So ridiculously immature and selfish. Especially at the starting qb position, I could never let my teammates down like that. Just never... Bleh drive your Lamborghini to your multi million dollar facility passing a thousand people who work so much harder for so much less and support you on your way.
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    After watching the Jets for 2 games now, I believe their defensive front 7 is better than I originally gave them credit for, & their offensive line is better than I thought. To me, that means there is the POTENTIAL for Dougie to get some good runs against NO, & POTENTIAL for the Bucs offense to get untracked against NO. Go Bucs!
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    The Bucs couldn't possibly get any more embarrassed than they did last week. That's the good news. I think the Saints are the ones going home embarrassed. We finally have a defense and you always have a shot to win a game if you play good defense. Go Bucs!
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    Did any of you Freaman bashers out there happen to catch the Jets-Patriots game last night. Freeman and Brady almost had identical stats against the Jets. Maybe the Jets defense is a little better then everyone gives them credit. Freeman was 15-31 for 210yds 1TD and 1 Int. Brady was 19-39 for 185yds 1Td and 0 Int. They both completed 49% of thier passes. The only difference was the INT from Freeman. The other difference was the Oline protection. Brady was only sacked once as to freemans 3. If you recall his INT was due to being hit as he threw. Maybe Freeman isn't as bad as everyone thinks. Maybe he played against a severly underated defense his first game. We will see this week. On another note, how about Talib coming up with 2 important INTs that game.
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    the biggest difference in the two QB's stats is that Freeman was throwing to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams and Brady was throwing to who?
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    Yeah I saw it Wnb0395. I was thinking the same thing and yes, I noticed Talib's 2 INT's as well as forcing a fumble. But don't speak to loudly about that because the Tampa fan base will just counter by saying he's inconsistent. Or that he's one slip up away from a suspension and always in trouble. Just keep telling yourselfs that when the Bucs go up to Foxboro the week after next.
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    while the Bucs are spending the week dealing w/ Freeman's immaturity, the Saints have been preparing to embarrass the Bucs......smh
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    How much is the Bounty on Freeman? That's how the Saint's prepare right?
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    The bounty is $0. The Saints only put bounties on important players in important games. Why would they hurt a variable that will benefit them by having him play?
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    Why would the Saints want to injure Josh - he gives the Saints a good chance to win.
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    Can't wait to see Demps out there.
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    As the starting QB of any NFL team, isn't oversleeping and missing the team photo like one step above oversleeping and missing the game on sunday?? I don't care how late you were up the night b4...heck if u were up until or almost until sunrise, why even bother sleeping when you have that on ur agenda for the next day?? Mental exhaustion over the anguishing details of a family member misfortune I can completely understand...but still... I've been side-stepping on my way to the bed drunk and still managed to hear the alarm clock next to my bed and get up only a few hours later after having passed out...I'm not saying Freeman didn't oversleep and miss the team photo...but something just seems to be lacking in his reason for having done so. Freeman entered the league stating how he felt like he was the best out of the 3 QB's that were taken in round 1 of his draft year....I wonder how many team photos matt stafford or sanchez have missed??
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    7 mill for 3yrs what a bust... just another bust. Get the clip board ready Cant read defense, throws late and late to meetings. The game has past him by. When the late thing starts its hard to stop, it only gets worst then you are pretty much washed up.
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    Excuses, excuses, excuses...Get an alarm clock ! He would never play for the Giants. Didn't the giants coach lock them out of the meetings and also fine them ?
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    Good point KINDERRT. I think one of the main reasons the Bucs showed improvement last year was because Schiano was acting like a marine drill sergeant and maybe he needs to get back to it.
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