Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday, November 20:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:45 a.m. under overcast and fairly warm conditions as they began preparation for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
BUCS INJURIES• Head coach Greg Schiano led off his afternoon press conference with injury updates.
“Some injury stuff – [cornerback] John Banks his shoulder is feeling better, but he was limited today; [linebacker] Mason Foster with the head, concussion, he did not participate today. He is still undergoing observation and tests. Other than that I think that’s kind of the injury front.”
Tampa Bay officially listed Mason Foster (concussion), Carl Nicks (foot) as not participating. Johnthan Banks (shoulder) was limited and Da’Quan Bowers (concussion), Davin Joseph (knee), Jamon Meredith (knee), Chris Owusu (foot) and Akeem Spence (wrist) all were at full participation on Wednesday.
ROSTER MOVES• The Buccaneers didn’t make any roster moves on Wednesday but did sign former FSU fullback and Jaguar Lonnie Pryor to the active roster on Tuesday.
The roster spot became available when cornerback Michael Adams was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• The matchup that will garner much attention in Sunday’s road trip to Detroit will be Bucs All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis against Lions superstar receiver Calvin Johnson who will be facing each other for much of the game.
The two Pro Bowlers have met just once in the NFL, a 2010 contest in Detroit in which Johnson caught just one pass for 13 yards in a 23-20 Jets’ overtime win.
Revis talked to the media on Wednesday about facing Johnson.
“He’s one of the best in the league…he is the best,” said Revis. “I’d say he’s the best receiver in the league. I’ve played him before and I’m very familiar with him. I’m looking forward to it this week.
“I think everybody has a chip on their shoulder each week, just going out and playing and trying to compete. When you match up the best against the best, [there’s] probably a little bit more chip on your shoulder because, at the end of the game, you want to get the best of that person. I’m sure Calvin feels the same way. We’ll see. I know Calvin, I know him off the field, and we’ll see. It’ll be fun.”
Schiano also talked about trying to defend against arguably the NFL’s best receiver.
“We’re going to do several different things, because I don’t think you’ll do one thing, but you’re talking about two of the best that ever played their position in all of football,” Schiano said. “The fan in me has to step away and say ‘we have to make sure we do everything we can to put our eleven guys, in the best position to defend their whole offense. And certainly Calvin is a huge part of their offense, huge, but they have other weapons. If it was just Calvin, that wouldn’t be easy, but it would be easier; but you’re talking about [running back] Reggie Bush, you’re talking about their tight ends, their quarterback is outstanding. If you just look at the stats, they’re top ten in every major category, almost. You can be top ten in a few, but when you’re in every major category you’re pretty darn good.”
Johnson shared his thought’s on Revs during a conference call with the Tampa Bay media earlier in the day on Wednesday.
“One thing I do know from that game is he does a good job of playing the ball,’’ Johnson said. “He’s one of those corners that gets his head around and locates the ball real well. That’s something that a lot of corners don’t have. That’s what makes him so good.’’
• Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan held his weekly meeting with the media at the podium in the media center at One Buc Place on Wednesday.
After Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon’s outstanding performance on Sunday the topic of the conversation revolved around Tampa Bay’s signal caller. Sullivan said he has been impressed with Glennon’s maturation and ability to process information.
“I think ultimately, there comes a time when once the quarterback has a mastery, if you will, of the offense, where it’s no longer calling the formation having to visualize it, no longer having to visualize where the play comes in,” Sullivan said. “This is a guy that, as soon as we come up with a game plan, he gets the playlist and the formations and so forth sent on his iPad and he already has them memorized before he walks into the building on Wednesday, before today’s practice, so he’s not thinking it out, [he] just rattles it out.
“He’s not memorizing how to call, he’s really already taking the next step to understand the intent of the play, the issues that could occur on the play, and the things that have to change or get us out of the play. So he really is at an advanced level as far as that goes.”
• Glennon himself also spoke to the media on Wednesday and was asked what has helped the offense start to tick over the last three games. Glennon quickly gave credit to others.
“The run game,” Glennon quickly answered. “When you look at the previous few weeks, when our offense has been moving, it’s been the run game. Regardless of who we’ve had at running back, they’ve been getting the job done, and I think that speaks to the high levels of the offensive line and how well they’ve been playing. We’ve rushed for over 150 yards or so each game, and when that’s happening, then it opens up the pass game and it allows more time on pass protection. Guys haven’t been getting to me two weeks in a row, really three weeks [in a row]. Seattle has one of the best front fours in the league, all three of [the] teams [we’ve faced have good front fours], and they’ve shut them out. That’s something that we’ll have to continue to do, offensively, is run the ball well to continue to win games.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY“He plays hard. He’s physically gifted. There’s a clear difference between him and most D-tackles as far as he makes plays, he disrupts offenses, he’s athletic and when he’s on, he’s on. I didn’t play him his first year here, I didn’t play that game. The second time was our home opener, and we played good as a team against him and their front four, but they’re different now – same cast of characters, but they play a little different now. You see them when they play at home, especially – they play some good football. Their run defense is strong. They’ve got a good pass rush. Their front seven are physical, they’re downhill. They don’t really hide anything. They just line up and play.” – Davin Joseph on the Lions Ndamukong Suh WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Bucs will be back on the practice field Thursday as they continue to put in their game plan for Sunday’s road trip to face the Detroit Lions
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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