The Bucs practiced for the second day with rookie Mike Glennon under center with the first team, and Freeman relegated to backup status. Freeman was once again unavailable to the media on Thursday. Below is a run down of all that happened at One Bucs on Wednesday in the daily News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday September 26:
• The Buccaneers practice began at 11:45 under gray cloudy skies. A stiff breeze was blowing as the players went through a two-hour workout with Mike Glennon under center after being established as the Bucs new starting QB on Wednesday by head coach Greg Schiano.BUCS INJURIES
• Two important offensive weapons were once again held out of practice after suffering injuries in last Sunday’s loss to New England. Both Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson were held out of Thursday’s practice.
If Williams and Jackson are unable to go Sunday against the Cardinals new starting QB Mike Glennon will be throwing to Kevin Ogletree, Eric Page and even newcomer Russell Shepard.
Schiano talked about Page’s performance so far as a Buccaneer receiver.
“I saw some good things,” Schiano said. “He’s getting better every day he’s made a constant improvement which is what he needs to do as a rookie, he’s getting better.”
• TE Tom Crabtree was limited in practice once again as he continues to rehab from a high ankle sprain suffered in the final preseason game against the Redskins. Gabe Carimi (illness), Derek Landri (knee) and Michael Adams(knee) all were held out Thursday. DR Gary Gibson was also limited after suffering a back injury at New England.
DT Gerald McCoy(ankle) was a full participant on Thursday.TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers didn’t make any roster moves on Thursday despite still having an open roster spot after the waiving of tight end Danny Nobles earlier in the week.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The buzz around One Buccaneer Place was still the benching of Josh Freeman on Wednesday however Schiano wanted no part of the discussion.
“Yesterday I spent the entire time on Mike, and Josh and the whole quarterback change,” Schiano said. “Today I’m going to stick to Arizona, Bucs. [Josh] practiced today, he did his job, and I’ll leave it at that.”
Cornerback Darrelle Revis was available to the media and did comment on the quarterback situation.
“We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do on defense,” Revis said. “Let’s just play great defense and be physical and aggressive. We can’t control who starts on offense and who doesn’t. That’s coach Schiano’s job. He made a big move, and we’ve got to support Josh as well as support Mike in doing the job.
“I tell you what, the sky’s the limit for anybody. We’re supporting Mike, and we’re behind him. That’s coach’s call, and we’ve got to support him. We can’t look at it as anything negative, because something can come out of this outcome. Speaking on rookie quarterbacks, (Russell) Wilson, Andrew Luck and RG3 – those guys played great. We’re confident. We’re confident in what we’re doing, and we need to stick behind Mike.”
• Much has been made of the perception and some reality to the Bucs playing a lot of zone coverage, even to the point of allegedly frustrating Revis. PewterReport.com asked defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan about how the staff goes about determining their coverage schemes.
We try to have balance,” Sheridan said. “We self scout just like the offenses do and we try not to get too lopsided in any schematic thing, whether it’s man or zone or two-deep or single-high. We try to have a balance so that when you’re getting prepared for us you can’t say, hey, they’re always going to be in this or in this down and distance they’re going to play these kind of defenses. We try to prevent that.
“So I appreciate their concern but in our minds we don’t want to do anything all the time. That would be too easy to exploit and attack so we try to have a balance and keep them guessing and disguise what we’re doing.”
• And finally with the black cloud surrounding the franchise as of late, the Buccaneers organization provided some good news for fans unable to attend the games. Tampa Bay announced that the remaining home games in 2013 will be show locally.
In a press release Wednesday Tampa Bay said they anticipate the all remaining games will exceed or be very close to the 85 percent threshold and the games that do not meet it, the team will do what they have to in order to get the games on television.
Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer released a statement about ticket sales.
“In appreciation for the loyal support of our fans throughout the Tampa Bay area, we have committed to televise the remaining seven home games of the 2013 season,” said Glazer.
BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Your quarterback has to walk different than everybody else in the locker room. We can talk about some of the greats – Peyton Manning comes to work with a certain mind-set. I’m sure Tom Brady does as well. I know they’re future Hall of Famers and all-stars, but for a young quarterback, you’ve just got to help him and surround him and make sure he’s comfortable so he can build his confidence and play great.” – Revis on what he wants to see from rookie Mike GlennonTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field Friday at 10:50 a.m. as they put final touches on their game plan for Sunday’s 1 p.m. matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
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