The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at home for the first time in three weeks this coming Sunday (two games, but three weeks time). What we know for certain is that they’ll be playing the Carolina Panthers. But, what’s not certain is who they’ll be trotting out to play against them.

Friday is the final key participation day for anyone on the injury report, of which the Bucs have some key players on this week.

These are the three things we learned from One Buc Place on Friday.

Injury Report

When you miss practice on Wednesday, that’s not that big of a deal, especially after a hard fought game.

When you miss practice on Thursday, there starts to creep in a bit of worry for the status of Sunday.

When you miss practice for the third day in a row on Friday (which is a lighter practice), things don’t look good.

That’s where we are with cornerbacks Robert McClain and Brent Grimes. McClain is still in concussion protocol, so we would bet that a third missed day makes him extremely doubtful. Don’t expect him to play.

As for Grimes, this article will likely be published before the final injury report is announced. We’ll update this section on his exact status, but we’re not holding our breath that he’s going to play either.

Looks like it will be Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith on the outside and Javien Elliott in nickel for this weekend.

Winston’s Throwing

I suppose there was a hint of mystery as to whether or not Winston would actually be throwing on Friday, but, in reality, there wasn’t.

Koetter told us earlier this week that holding Winston out for Wednesday and Thursday was just about them following the same schedule as last week because it worked for his shoulder. They repeated things this week, so fully expect Winston to start again – and for the shoulder to not be much of a bother.

Koetter Not Worried About Winston

Though Winston’s prep time seems off, coach Koetter doesn’t seem to be worried. He noted that Winston had one of the best games of his career last week on only one day of practice.

Maybe the limited practice time allows Winston to just be more instinctive instead of overthinking things. Koetter couldn’t say whether this will be the standard practicing schedule for Winston from here on out, but said if it works out for him and for his health, they don’t mind sticking with it. He said that Winston puts in enough work around just getting live practice reps to be ready for games.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. oh dear …

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  2. Here’s the deal. Without Grimes OR McClain and without ANY kind of pass rush? The Buccaneers will have to score at LEAST 30 points a game to compete. And having to win BOTH the Carolina game Sunday as well as the Saints game in N.O. the following Sunday? It’s just too damn much. Hell, the Bucs will have to score 40 to keep up with Drew Brees against this “defense.”

    The Buccaneers decided to ignore the DL as far as edge rushers go and the CB until is as thin as a dieting Olive Oyl. It will take a miracle to sweep these two games and get back in the race. Losing even one and it’s over as far as making the playoffs and the Buccaneers are once again playing meaningless games halfway through the season. Well, unless you’re looking at draft positioning.

    This REALLY SUCKS and apparently there’s no damn way around it.

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    • Garv, we got con by the fake news. Many of us were seeing something different as to the DE situation. I’ve got to admit the CB issues surprised me. I thought Grimes and Hargreaves would be okay. Looks to me we need to draft 2 DE’s and 2 CB’s somewhere in rounds 1-4 or find legit players via free agency.

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  3. Both Grimes, and McClain have been ruled out. That last piece of sand just ran out of Grimes hourglass. Licht gambled that Jac Smith, and Spence would be healthy, and bolster our pass rush. He believed Grimes wasn’t aging, and a loafer like Baker could help our defense. He paid Gholston to be a force stopping the run even tho he also was coming off injury. He stayed pat at running back knowing Martin would miss games. That’s O.K., we had Sims, Quizz, Barber, and whiffed in the 5th round on McNichols. We have a great T.E. in Brate, but what the hell, use your first pick on a T.E.. Any wonder we’re in the mess we’re in? I was thinking lately 7-9, 6-10, what was I thinking? We have fire power on offense, that might get us some wins, but I’m now thinking 4-12, 5-11 might be more like it.

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    • surferdudes; got to agree. I was atleast expecting 7-9 wins this season and I was way off. My thinking is if we lose both these games we might only win 1-2 more games at best.

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    • OJ was just to good to pass up. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds we should have drafted a DE.

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  4. I think Koetter’s confused. He thinks Jameis won the game for us last week…

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  5. that’s a lot of pressure to put on our offense. I think the key the next 2 weeks will be limiting our own turnovers and avoiding dumb penalties, especially the 15 yard variety when people lose their cool. If we protect the ball we will have a fair chance as we always play them close. Either way, I would love to see our LB’s blitzing a lot and planting cam repeatedly.

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  6. If Smith calls for the same type of scheme, we are doomed. I hope he at least covers the run and short passes; and lets just hope Newton has a regular bad throwing day when it comes to more than 20 yards downfield. Go Bucs!

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  7. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter just said on his weekly radio show “Most people that clamor for the 3-4 defense don’t really know what that means”. That may or may not be true.

    Let me step up and say that I think most people like me are not hung up on names. I/we want whatever you call the defense that can effectively and consistently rush the QB, stop the run, and defend the pass! Call it what you will! Is that too much to ask for?

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  8. Most people don’t know what that means including the coaching staff!

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  9. Buffalo is trading DT Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville. They traded a 2018 6th round pick for Dareus. The Bucs have two 2018 6 round picks. We traded S JJ Wilcox to the Steelers for an additional 2018 6 round pick and gave up a 2019 7th round pick. It’s going to be hard to explain to folks that former 1st round draft pick and two-time pro bowler DT Marcell Dareus would not help the Bucs more than Swaggy Baker! Baker has a 2 year contract with one year guaranteed and half of that year is gone. Pretty sure there’s a master plan somewhere that hasn’t been revealed to us yet. Go Bucs!

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    • I am not sure if we have had any sixth or 7th. round picks make the team.

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  10. I know things have been real bad so far this year and not what a lot of us expected, but I am holding onto hope that the Bucs win these next 2 division games and stay in the hunt. This is a weird year across the NFL and who knows what will happen any given sunday. It was a pleasant surprise to see Koetter call a much better game plan last sunday against a tough D in their home and if he can continue to do that, this offense should have no problem hanging 30 up weekly.

    No pass rush is going to continue making things tough but there is still talent on the D side of things. It can show up if Smith helps it to.

    I am living in Japan, going to bed early sunday nights, waking up at 2 am to watch these games live…. if I haven’t given up yet then the rest of you shouldn’t be writing things off already. Losing this week might put me in that hopeless boat but it ain’t over yet! Go Bucs

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  11. What I learned is the coaches don’t seem very concerned about the teams poor performance. Still get canned responses from Koetter.

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