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September 20, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
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Bucs News To Know 9-20: Nicks Most Likely To Play Sunday

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The 0-2 Bucs practiced on Friday finalizing their game plan for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. What is the latest status on Carl Nicks? What about the other injured players? What did wide receiver Vincent Jackson have to say on Friday? Get the answers in the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Friday, September 20:


• Practice began  just before 11 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in just shorts and helmets for the Friday walk-through.

CB Michael Adams (knee) OL Gabe Carimi (illness) both did not participate again on Friday are were listed as out for Sunday’s game with New England.

TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring), G Carl Nicks (toe) and TE Luke Stocker (hip) all were limited on Friday and were listed as questionable.

LB Mason Foster (toe) and DE Adrian Clayborn (hip) both practiced on Friday and are probable for Sunday’s game.

• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Friday.

• Speaking of big, Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks appears set to play in Sunday’s game with the New England Patriots. According to Schiano, Nicks will play barring any setbacks between now and then.

“He went all three days – limited – but he did go," Schiano said. "So, that’s the best we’ve been in a long time. If he’s like he is now, I suspect he’ll play, but we just have to wait and see how everything responds each day.

Schiano said there isn’t a specific number of plays set for Nicks, if he is able to go on Sunday.

“Let’s just get him to game time, then we’ll see. If he can play, then how long? That’ll be up for grabs. I don’t even know if he can yet.”

Nicks spoke with the media during Friday’s open locker room period and also was encouraged and excited about getting back in real game action for the first time since last October.

“It feels really good to get back to work and feel like I’m contributing to the team and not feeling useless and sickly,” Nicks said. “It’s a really good feeling. I’m hiding it well, but I’m very excited.”

Nicks wasn’t sure if he ends up playing how his conditioning will be.

“We’re going to find out [laughs]," Nicks said. "That’s the plan, but we’re going to find out. You guys will see, sooner than I will, if I’m gassed out there.”

• Wide receiver Vincent Jackson has chosen not to speak to the media the last few weeks including after the Bucs first two games of the season. On Friday Jackson broke his silence and talked about the Bucs offense being their own worst enemy.

“The biggest thing is penalties, setting yourself back,” Jackson said. “It’s hard to get drives going when you’re going backwards and not forward. As long as we’re taking care of the football, we’re eliminating mental errors and we’re not going backwards in penalties, I think this offense could do just fine.”

Jackson also addresses the rumors floating in the media over the last two weeks.

“There is no disarray in this building,” Jackson said. “We know what we have to do; we know the team that we are. We just, again, haven’t closed off two games, but then again there’s a lot of football left so we’re excited about that.”

“We have good players, proven methods, good schemes, good coaches. When you have all those good components and you’re doing things the right way it’ll turn. Everybody that’s been in competitive athletics goes through some stretches where they wish it was better. If you have the components-now you’re kidding yourself if you don’t have the component, then you’re just wishing. I know we have the components so we’ve just got to stick our guns and it’ll turn.”– Schiano on why he is confident the Bucs can turn around their dismal start

The Buccaneers travel to New England on Saturday for their second road game of the season against the Patriots. Early weather forecasts are calling for a high of 70 degrees and showers. The came begins at 1 p.m. and will be carried locally by WTVT-FOX 13.

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    Bledsoe. Note to self: don't post in the middle of the night when very sleepy. Wrong decade.
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    Seat 26 Brady been at the helm since Bledsoe went down in 2001. Lol. Slip of tongue? Not sure a rusty, likely out of shape Knicks will make much difference but glad he is back and maybe can contribute soon before we are 0-4 or 0-5. Defense has to be stellar again and cut the stupid penalties and we have a chance. Go Bucks.
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    A defense that gives up two last minute drives in two games is NOT 'stellar'. They are much improved but they need to close out games when we have the lead.
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    Nicks makes a huge difference. If our offense can run the ball like last week, and the defense can continue to put pressure on Bledsoe, we can be optimistic of an upset.
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    Good news about Nicks being able to get in the game some. These are good players that can get a win for us. I am hoping that this is our breakout. Go Bucs!
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    Dungy said the same thing some time ago. It was up to the players to turn it around. Guy's like Sapp,Brooks, Lynch, finally said no more. Hopefully some players on this Buc team say the same thing.
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    Honestly I am trying to be positive - and I'll be cheering as loud as anyone on Sunday...but how can coach say "good players, proven methods, good schemes, good coaches" with a straight face...players = yes; methods...like the awesome stunting of our DL; schemes = you mean like the one that keeps costing us on the last drive of games, or the one that your star CB was complaining about; coaches = we'll see, but we certainly haven't seen yet...maybe I'll just pretend to have stopped reading at "good players"...
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    @Eastendboy - Its great that the coach is projecting team unity. That includes the players and coaches. Josh Freeman was recently asked about the offense and the scheme and if there was a playcalling issue and he said PLAYERS execute the plays and the PLAYERS are not doing as well as they should, including himself. That is straight from the horses mouth. He said the correct plays are being called. Coaches teach technique and prepare players for Sunday. THey also call the plays. That's it. I have watched every Sunday snap Freeman has had as a Buc. He is inconsistent. Period. And before I hear another fan argument about how Freeman will move on and be really successful somewhere else, consider that the same thing was said about Simms, King, Gradkowski, Chandler, and Testeverde. The one guy no one said that about was Dilfer-who ironically did win a superbowl with the ravens and was then dumped the year after for being so bad.
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    Seems like the defensive schemes are working. Sack Brees 4 times and stop them repeatedly in the red zone. Yeah..good schemes. Hold the Saints to 16 points you've got good defensive schemes. The one breakdown with Jimmy Graham on the TD was just a defensive brain fart by one of our DB's or linebackers. The defense has to close out in the final minute but that wasn't scheme...thhat was a perfect throw by Brees. We weren't in prevent. As far as our star CB complaining...he has denied that rumor over and over but I guess his word isn't good enough for you huh? The media tells the truth but the player lies..OK...no wonder you're confused.
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    GO BUCS!! If the young Bucs can get it done on offense and keep playing their defense the way they are without involving the GD referees, we should be in this one and very likely will come out with a huge W.
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