Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday November 27:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:35 a.m. with gusty winds and much cooler weather. The first significant cold of front of the year was coming through and gave the players a nice reprieve from the oppressive Florida heat they have battled since training camp began back in July.
BUCS INJURIES• Mason Foster (concussion), Akeem Spence (wrist), and guard Jamon Meredith (ankle) were all at full participation on Wednesday. Adam Hayward (foot), Davin Joseph (knee), and Darrelle Revis (groin) all did not participate according to the official injury report released Wednesday afternoon.
ROSTER MOVES• With the loss of tight end Tom Crabtree with a season-ending biceps injury, the Buccaneers had an open spot on the active roster. Tampa Bay filled it on Wednesday morning by signing tight end Kyle Adams.
Adams,(6-4, 255), entered the league as a college free agent with the Chicago Bears. In his third season, Adams has played in 24 games with two starts, recording four receptions for 40 yards. Adams will wear No. 86 for the Buccaneers.
A native of Austin, Texas, Adams played collegiately at Purdue, appearing in 46 games, catching 79 passes for 660 yards and three touchdowns.
Crabtree played in seven games for Tampa Bay this season, with five starts, totaling four catches for 21 yards and a touchdown.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• Star cornerback left Sunday’s game in Detroit after suffering a groin injury. On Wednesday head coach Greg Schiano was cautious when asked about his status and severity of the injury.
“Without going into too many particular which I’m not supposed to do, he’s going to be day to day so that should kind of tell you kind of, it’s not real bad,” Schiano said. “Will He play Sunday? I don’t know. We have to figure that out. That’s why he’s day to day. He did not practice today.
• On of the many heroes in Sunday’s road win at Detroit was second-year cornerback Leonard Johnson who’s second quarter interception for a touchdown helped swing things in the Bucs’ favor.
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan talked about the importance of the turnover.
“It was pivotal in the game, a big momentum swing for us,” Sheridan said. “It was great to see those guys do that, especially the young guys. Every one is a critical time, because they’re moving the ball up until those points on all of them, but yeah, it was really rewarding to see our guys, in that environment, and some of the backups that had to play the entire game, and to step up and play well, that was as gratifying as anything I’ve been around in a quite a while.”
Sheridan went on to talk about the Bucs turnovers in general.
“We tell our guys that, sometimes, they do come in bunches like that,” Sheridan said. “Unfortunately, you can go two or three weeks and maybe get shut out and not get any turnovers, but if you’re playing a certain type of football where you’re playing fast and physical and the guys know what the game plan is and they’re able to execute – they’re not doing a lot of thinking out there, they’re just kind of reacting and running and really being physical at the reception point or on the ball carrier – I think that stuff shows up.
“We’ve hit a little stretch right now where it’s gone totally the other way; we’re falling into all kinds of turnovers. I think, sometimes, it just happens like that. Earlier in the year, we hit some stretches where we’d go a couple weeks where you’d maybe have one in a two, three, four game period, but a lot of it is just how guys are playing. When you can play fast and physical like that, I think those opportunities – in my mind, you kind of fall into them. They’ve been super pivotal in three wins, for sure.”
• Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who has impressed many locally, finally was recognized nationally with the NFC Rookie of the Month award. During November Glennon helped lead the Buccaneers to a 3-1 record, while posting the third-highest passer rating in the NFL (119.7), the third-highest yards-per-attempt (8.92), the fourth-highest completion percentage (70.5) and tying for the fifth-best touchdown-to-interception ratio (7 TDs-1 INT). Glennon recorded three games with a passer rating of 123 or better, the three highest passer ratings ever recorded by a Buccaneers rookie. Additionally, he posted passer ratings of 137.5 against Atlanta (11/17) and 138.4 against Detroit (11/24), two of the seven-highest marks by a rookie in NFL history. Against Atlanta, Glennon completed 20-of-23 passes (87.0), the highest single-game completion percentage in the NFL this season, and the second-highest mark in team history.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talked about Glennon’s maturation this season.
“He has always had a great maturity about him,” Sullivan said. “From the day he walked in, he’s had a tremendous work ethic and [he’s] very smart and able to put all of it together in terms of understanding the plays. He’s got the plays, he had today’s script, today’s call sheet, run and pass, memorized, so he’s not having to go ahead and think. He’s finishing the calls, he gets it and really is taking the next step both in the run game and the pass game, in terms of the coverage recognition, in terms of the pressures and what we’re trying to accomplish, really the essence of the plays.
“Now, as he continues to grow, the next step for him is to take a microscope and try to really crack the code and get some of the subtleties and nuances of the defense, being able to read the coverage or how we’ve got to reset the protection or where to go with the football. The big three components that he’s had and I think he had in college and he had early on when he came here and he’s continued to improve upon is the leadership, is the accuracy, is the decision-making, and as long as he keeps those three pillars in mind, at the forefront, we’re going to be in great shape. He’s still got a lot of room to grow, and the exciting thing for us as coaches is his willingness to do that. The guy is a football junkie and really is making the most of his opportunities.”
Glennon was humble when asked about the award and credited others with his success.
“I was excited, obviously, but the truth is, that whole month, our run game’s been going, our offensive line’s been playing really well and our receivers have done really well, so it’s great to get the award, but it really was kind of the whole offense [that] helped contribute to that.”
Second-year star linebacker Lavonte David was also recognized, winning the Defensive Player of the Week award. David, like Glennon, was humble when talking about winning the award.
I look at it as I’m just playing the game I love, just playing the game of football,” David said. “I love to play. I go out there and try to have fun as much fun as I can. When things like [winning Defensive Player of the Week] happen, it goes to show that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.”
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan on Wednesday basically said, what took so long?
“He probably could’ve gotten it several other times,” Sheridan said. “Even for us, when we try to give out game balls to determine who played best on offense, defense and that kind of stuff, he’d be a candidate every week for us. I don’t really look and study the other linebackers in the NFL – each week, we’re watching the opponent’s offense, of course – but I imagine he’s probably as productive or as competitive as all the guys that are playing out there every single week. It’s no surprise, obviously overdue and I could anticipate him being a candidate for that week in and week out.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY“Definitely. One, I didn’t play that game, either. I’ve been looking forward to this game, and I feel what Gerald is saying. We left a lot out there. We didn’t play good as a defense. We let some things slip through, some big plays, and I think we can eliminate that if we just focus in on what we have to do. We’re playing good football right now – we’ve [won] three straight and we’re getting a lot of turnovers. That’s good.” – Dashon Goldson when asked if he looks forward to getting another chance to play the Panthers
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Bucs will be back on the field on Thursday for a Thanksgiving Day practice starting at 10:55 a.m. as they continue to prepare for their second road trip in a row, this week traveling to Charlotte to take on the Panthers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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