Wednesday is usually a busy day at One Buc Place, and this Wednesday was no exception. With the Trump comments, the protests, the transition from losing to the Viking to preparing for the Giants, to an updated injury report, there was plenty to learn.
Here were our biggest takeaways.
The Good, The Bad, The Report
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No Kwon Alexander or Lavonte David at #Bucs practice today Chris Baker, Noah Spence and Brent Grimes are all practicing.
After watching Lavonte David writhe in pain at the end of Sunday’s game, people figured that he’d be missing some significant time. What people were hoping for is that Kwon Alexander would be back.
In fact, he wasn’t even on the sidelines at practice. That’s not good, and hints that his hamstring injury is one that could possibly keep him out the next two games, since after Sunday the Bucs have a quick turn around for Thursday night against the Patriots.
Kendell Beckwith, Ardarius Glanton and Cameron Lynch will likely be the ones to fill in the gaps.
The Rhodes Were Open
Mike Evans on his comment to "Rhodes closed": "There's film to prove it… sometimes when I beat him, other guys were open." pic.twitter.com/AoIFix5QRL
Early Wednesday morning the NFL’s official Twitter account posted an image of the receivers Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been asked to cover this season, and encapsulated it by saying “Rhodes Closed” to show how he’s shut them down.
On Monday, Gerald McCoy let his opinions fly on his team’s performance, social media trolls and the president’s recent comments on the NFL.
On that last topic in particular, at one point in his rant, McCoy used the word “retarded” to describe president Trump.
Today McCoy apologized for all that. He said that he shouldn’t have used that word, and shouldn’t have said the things about the president he did. Instead, he told us what he should have said is that we need to pray for our president and our country. He noted that, as a man of faith, he believes that God puts people in power for a reason, even if the reasoning is beyond our knowledge. He said that it’s our job to be a light in such a situation rather than complain about it.
Mike Smith was about as tame as he could be for a defensive coordinator addressing the media after getting his butt handed to him in the previous game.
There were times when you could sense Smith holding back some choice words, but, in the end, he basically said that it didn’t matter that they were without starters and that no team in the NFL is going to feel sorry for them. Regardless of the situation, he said he has to coach up the guys he has the best he can.
One of those ways is in the pass rush, an area that he admitted is a concern. He said that without good play from the rush, the secondary cannot elevate their play. He said that it all has to work together, and if one area fails, the whole unit fails.
He said that he has to coach up the players he has to be able to disrupt the quarterback, plain and simple. One sack thus far just isn’t enough.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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