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 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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