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April 22, 2014 @ 12:50 pm
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Nicks Thinks He Will Be Ready For Training Camp

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One of the biggest questions Bucs fans, and the organization for that matter, have had, is the health of guard Carl Nicks. The former Saints star talked to the local media on Tuesday and said despite still not being able to practice now, he feels he will be ready to go when camp opens in July.
One of the biggest questions marks on the Bucs roster is the offensive line – particularly the health of guard Carl Nicks. The prized 2012 free agent has only played in nine games over the past two seasons after suffering a serious toe injury in 2012 that required surgery and then contracting MRSA last season that sent his to the operating table again, costing him a majority of the 2013 season as well.

On Tuesday, Nicks was in open locker room and spent some time talking to the media prior to the start of Tampa Bay’s three-day voluntary minicamp.

“Right now Lovie is taking it easy on me,” Nicks said.” I’m just doing rehab stuff, just building my strength back up. A little jogging a little elliptical, a little bike.”
“The medical issues have been difficult to handle Nicks said.

“It’s been a process for sure. I just have to deal with it. If I were a rookie it would be a little hard. It’s part of the business, I wasn’t the first, (and) I probably won’t be the last.”

Nicks told the media he wasn’t sure exactly where he was health wise in the grand scheme of things, but said there is a little light at the end of the tunnel starting to show.
“I don’t know about percentages,” Nicks said. “I’ve never been a percentage guy. Obviously I’m not ready to practice right now. But I feel comfortable saying I’ll be ready for training camp. That’s the plan. I feel I will be (ready to go).
“The main goal is the mental reps. “I know how to play football, how to run block, how pass block. I just don’t know the plays.”
Nicks was also asked how he is feeling physically after the two surgeries over the past two years.

“I’m always naturally strong when it comes to my lower body,” Nicks said. “My big thing is range of motion and flexibility and just being able to push off. I can still squat and lunge and all those things. It’s the quick step, the power cleans, the quick agility stuff, pushing off and getting right back. That’s the stuff I still kind of struggle with.
“There’s some nerve damage. So there’s going to be pain from what I’m told for the rest of my life.”
Head coach Lovie Smith talked with Nicks recently and offered some encouraging words.

“Lovie told me the other day that my 80 percent is still pretty good. If I’m not 100 percent, hopefully I can be at 90 or 95 percent. I’d be happy with that.”

Nicks got a chuckle from the media he was asked how eager he was to get back to playing football and putting the injuries to rest.

“I have the chicken pox over that,” Nicks said smiling. “I’m scratching at it all the time to get back out there. I don’t want to force it. I don’t want to rush it. When I do come back I want play more than two games.”


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    No offence to C.N.but he has turned out to be a big waste of money and a roster spot. I know that because of cap reasons we have to keep him, but need to cut ties asap. Good luck Carl. Go Bucs!
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    It's a real shame that three of the five players thought to be the make up of a stellar offensive line two years ago are even with the team and one isn't able to play. Who thought Dotson would be the lone survivor? There's little doubt that, in spite of the off season acquisitions, offensive line is still a priority.
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    A Bust. 3 yrs and he has barely played. Bucs need to come clean about the MRSA thing that has sidelined so many players on this team. Nicks was a star in the NFL, instead he is just dead weight on this team.
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    To tell you the truth, I was more optimistic BEFORE I read this article and all the others ones on Carl's progress today. Now we're talking about permanent nerve damage and pain and playing at 80% being a GOOD thing. Sorry but this does not sound good at all, particularly when players and teams are usually a lot more positive after months and months of recovery. I'm quite sure the Buccaneers are going to look at the position through the draft and continued FA signings. Rebuilding an entire OL is no small task.
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    PewterReportMC; have you actually seen his toe and his foot with sock off? He sounded about the same as last season before he tried to play and we saw what happened then. I would love for Carl to be out there, but I think drafting a Guard in round 2 or 3 would be a priority.
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    I'd be shocked if he played in 16 games or even the better part of a full season again. Not holding my breath.
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    You can get guards in the third or later rounds
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    Jon, you can get guards in the 6th and 7th rounds, but would you want them to start?
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    He didn't sound very convincing to me...
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    I would draft a starting OG or OT that can play OG in the 2nd round and look for a veteran OG in second FA after the draft for depth. My opinion, Cousins is not that guy. Carl Nicks, by his own admission is never going to be the pro bowl Nicks that we signed. But the 95% Nicks could be pretty good if we get him premium snaps and not overwork him. I'm optimistic, but better safe than sorry! Get him some relief!
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