On Wednesday Jets head coach Rex Ryan and starting QB Geno Smith participated in a conference call with the local Tampa media. What did Ryan say about his former player? What is Smith's impression of the Buccaneers defense? Find out these answers and all the news of the day in the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, September 4:
• Practice began at 12 p.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Wednesday’s practice, which was closed to the media all but 30 minutes.
• Guard Carl Nicks was missing from practice once again, as he continued to battle a foot infection. On Wednesday Schiano hadn’t ruled Nicks out of Sunday’s game against the Jets
“Not yet, no, I wouldn’t say that yet," Schiano said. " Let’s just wait and see. I mean he’s a guy who’s played, you know, he played, he practiced. We feel like he can play. He doesn’t need to have a ton of work. Certainly he’d be better if he had a lot of practice, but he doesn’t need to do that much. Everything’s a relative decision when you make decisions.”
Gabe Carimi was lining up at left guard during the first part of practice. The media was, and will be all season, limited to viewing just the first 30 minutes of the team’s daily practices.
• The first official injury report was released late Wednesday after noon and listed TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), LG Carl Nicks (toe/staph), CB Rashaan Melvin(hamstring) as players who did not practice. RB Mike James (eye) & FB Erik Lorig (calf) were limited on Wednesday.
The Jets list included DE Quinton Coples, QB Mark Sanchez and former Bucs TE Kellen Winslow as players who did not practice for New York.TAMPA BAY ROSTER MOVES
•The Buccaneers announced late Tuesday that cornerback Danny Gorrer has been placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return and have re-signed defensive tackle Gary Gibson.
The team also announced the signing of wide receiver Skye Dawson (5-9, 183) to the practice squad and the release of offensive lineman Jace Daniels. Dawson played collegiately at TCU and entered the NFL this season as a college free agent with the Washington Redskins.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Jets head coach Rex Ryan participated in a conference call with the media on Wednesday and was very complimentary of his former player, Revis.
“Obviously Darrelle was the premier corner in football – a physical player that shows up every day to compete,” Ryan said. “He’s an excellent teammate. He’s just tougher than heck. It was a joy to coach him, I can tell you that much. Like I say, he’s a great teammate. He probably leads a little differently; he’s not as vocal, but every single teammate will recognize what he does. He doesn’t let you catch a ball in walkthroughs; he is a tremendous competitor and obviously one of the rare guys that you coach.”
Ryan continued on about Revis.
“How do you defend against him?” Ryan said. “It should be ‘How do you attack him?’ But you’re right, it’s probably more about how you defend against him. Certainly you have to look at him different than you look at any other corner. He had a tendency to, we used to call it, boomerang him, and we had some ‘Revis rules’ that you don’t break. That’s something that – he’s rare. Like I say, a guy like him comes around once every 15, 20 years, if that. He really is a special player.”
Ryan went onto explain what one of the “Revis Rules” were.
“Revis rule is you better not throw it from the far hash outside the numbers, because he’ll pick it,” Ryan said. “That’s one of them. There’s several of them. And Tampa will learn that about him; the opponents will learn that about him.”BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“They’re stout against the run. They’ve improved their secondary from last year with the acquiring of [cornerback] Darrelle [Revis] and the safety, [Dashon] Goldson, both two of the best players at their position in the NFL. But we got to go out there and play ball. They have a very fast, undersized linebacking corps; they run sideline to sideline, they were number one against the rush last year. But none of that stuff takes us away from what we want to do here and that’s go out there and execute. We don’t like to pay attention to jersey numbers or who a guy is, but, at the same time, you got to be mindful of it. So I’ll be watching for number 24 out there, Darrelle, [and] I’ll be watching for the safety. That’s something we do every single week, so it’s not like anything is changing, but you still have to mindful of those players because they are great players.” – Jets rookie QB Geno Smith on the Buccaneers defense
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers return to the practice field on Thursday at 11:50 a.m. as they continue to prepare for the New York Jets this Sunday in New York
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