Bucs Sign FB Douglas, Release TE Stephens Tampa Bay made two roster moves Tuesday, signing fullback Robert Douglas and releasing tight end Leonard Stephens.
Douglas re-joins the Bucs after being released a few days before the start of training camp. He originally signed with the Bucs on Jan. 12.
Stephens was signed by Tampa Bay last week.
In addition to those two roster moves, the Bucs signed rookie TE T.J. Williams, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in late-June, and placed him on injured reserve.
Quarles, Hovan Still Sidelined The Bucs took the practice field for two workouts Tuesday without several players.
Bucs running back Derek Watson (ankle), defensive tackle Chris Hovan (infection) and linebackers Derrick Brooks (rest) and Shelton Quarles (rest) were held out of Tuesday’s practices.
Hovan and Quarles have missed several consecutive practices, but Gruden expects both veteran players to return to action soon.
“He’s a guy we’re resting right now,” Gruden said of Quarles. “He could be back tomorrow, he could be back this afternoon.”
“We think [Chris] is going to be okay. We think he’ll be back with us either tonight or first thing in the morning. Everything seems to be under control, so we’re pleased to announce that. He’s got some kind of just infection from a cut. We’re taking a look at it. It hasn’t healed properly. He’ll be back here hopefully tonight.”
Bucs wide receivers Joey Galloway and David Boston, tackle Kenyatta Walker (knee) and cornerback Brian Kelly were held out of the afternoon workout.
Gruden Getting Defensive Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden is known to get involved in practice, especially during training camp workouts. It’s common knowledge that he likes to try his hand at covering the receivers from time to time.
However, Gruden decided to do something a little different Tuesday morning when he worked with the offensive linemen, running backs and fullbacks on blitz pickup drills.
Gruden attempted to penetrate the line as a blitzing linebacker and/or safety. On his final attempt, Bucs rookie guard Davin Joseph held Gruden off by pushing his head and neck back, which caused the head coach’s visor to fly off of his head.
“Well, I’ve got to get some exercise here and have some fun at some point too, you know,” Gruden said when asked about his participation in blitz pickup drills. “It’s like The Longest Yard when Burt Reynolds jumped in there and played that last play. I just want the players to get their reps and sometimes the coaches can simulate the look. Although we’re not the biggest, most athletic guys we can simulate the gaps and the timing in which some of these safeties and linebackers are going to hit these gaps. So we did try to simulate that. We expect a lot of perimeter pressure – corner blitzes and safety blitzes, zone blitzes, all kinds of man-to-man all-out blitzing. When you play a team like this, you’d better work on it relentlessly. Hopefully, our players had some fun getting after the little coach.”
You’re My Boy, Blue Tampa Bay defensive back Blue Adams, who is making the transition from cornerback to safety, caught the eye of his head coach on Tuesday morning by intercepting two passes.
“He has had a good camp,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Adams. “He’s made a move to safety. His overall versatility is helping us. He can play corner, he can play in the nickel corner position, he can play safety and he’s a good [special] teams guy. He’s had a good, good camp here in Orlando.”
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