On the final practice before the Tampa bay Buccaneers’ 2017 season and home opener against the Chicago Bears, the Bucs roster looked relatively healthy on a predominantly special teams practice.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said he was pleased with how his team has handle the time off and how the last three practices have progressed, and certainly gave the sense that he and his team are just ready to get out there.

Here are the four things we learned from One Buc Place on Friday.

Injury Report

Earlier this week, players like Kwon Alexander and Evans Smith had missed practice time due to illness. Both of those player were back on the practice field today, and appear to be good to go for Sunday.

After practice, Koetter said that only one player looks like they’re going to be completely ruled out on Sunday, which is great news overall – we assume that player will be linebacker Devante Bond, though he was at practice in a limited role this morning.

Baker Bares All

As of late, we’ve seen players like Vernon Hargreaves and Ryan Smith don the short shorts at practice, but today, defensive tackle Chris Baker made sure people knew that that sort of attire isn’t exclusive to the little guys.

Baker said he got the idea from new comer T.J. Ward, who also had some short shorts at practice, though he has less body to cover. Baker paired the shorts with a crop top jersey, too, which completed the package, in his mind.

It’s Time To Play

After practice, Koetter addressed the media and fielded some questions, but through each question, no matter the topic at hand, the theme was usually the same. They’re just ready to get out there and play.

Bucs Colors Only

It’s been well documented that Koetter believes the only colors he should see in the lower bowl at Raymond James Stadium are Bucs colors. He doesn’t want Bucs fans selling their tickets to opposing fans or even not coming to the games themselves. He wants a passionate fans base, and he reiterated that on Friday.

With all the hype around the team, all the anticipation waiting an extra week, and now getting their first action at home, hopefully Koetter gets his wish.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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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Randy H.
Randy H.
4 years ago

I don’t completely agree with Koetter’s comment of “He doesn’t want Bucs fans selling their tickets to opposing fans or even not coming to the games themselves. He wants a passionate fan base.” I have been a fan since the beginning, growing up in Titusville and starting to follow football when the Bucs’ started. In spite of not living in Florida since 1984, I am still a passionate fan and always will be, just like my brother who started following the Packers’ when we lived in Wisconsin in the 60s and is still a loyal Packers’ fan (trust me, I’ve… Read more »

Garv
Garv
Reply to  Randy H.
4 years ago

Randy, I think you DO qualify and for the following two reasons. I’ve SEEN you at the games, you are definitely a passionate fan. and the fact is when you can’t make it you make sure another Buccaneer fan is in your seats. Coach Koetter is referring to the jackwagons who sell their tickets to the highest bidder no matter who those people may support. As a #StickCarrier we have a Facebook page and try to make sure that when a Buccaneer fan cannot attend a game for whatever reason, that he or she try to sell it at coast… Read more »

Jordan Schlansky
Jordan Schlansky
Reply to  Garv
4 years ago

I live in Philly so I’m disconnected to all the local fan movements. Do the fans actually carry sticks? I know it’s based on Koetter’s speech, but is there a group of people carrying wooden stakes or something?

The Anti-Java
The Anti-Java
Reply to  Jordan Schlansky
4 years ago

In name only. HATE is a member. BOID tried to join, but his application was denied for unknown reasons.
Their fearless leader if Justin Pawolski, also know as the Commish.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Having been to every Bucs game the past 40 years I’m fully aware of the “infestation” of opposing fans, most of whom live right here in sunny Florida. In the old days, with so few season ticket holders, there were plenty of seats available. Difference was there was no “aftermarket” except holding up tickets on the corner. Season ticket holders were often willing to sell their tickets for any price and to anyone. Bears, Packers, Lions and other fans actually felt entitled to take over the stadium. Then at Ray Jay the team got better and it was all Bucs… Read more »