How close is Carl Nicks to returning to game action? What did starting defensive end Adrian Clayborn have to say about the defensive performance through two games? Is Josh Freeman having confidence issues? Get the answers to these questions and more in the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday, September 19:
• Practice began at 11:45 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in just shorts and helmets for the two-hour workout.BUCS INJURIES
• Head coach Greg Schiano made it sound more and more like guard Carl Nicks could be on the field Sunday against the Patriots when asked about having both Nicks and Davin Joseph on the field at the same time for the first time since last preseason.
“Yeah it’d be nice hopefully that will happen Sunday,” Schiano said. “We’ll see Sunday, we haven’t done it yet, so we’ll find out, we talk about it but let’s see.”
• The Buccaneers released their daily injury report on Thursday and it included the following players:
CB Michael Adams (knee) OL Gabe Carimi (illness) both did not participate. DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), LB Mason Foster (toe), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring), G Carl Nicks (toe) and TE Luke Stocker (hip) all were limited on Thursday.• TAMPA BAY ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Thursday.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Bucs starting quarterback Josh Freeman took to the podium at One Buc on Thursday to discuss last week’s loss and the upcoming game against New England on Sunday and was asked if his confidence level remains high.
"No question, I’m as confident as I’ve ever been,” “Freeman said. “I’m as comfortable with the offense as I’ve ever been. And I’ve got extremely talented guys around me. So we’re just going to keep plugging away and then go out there on Sunday and make it happen.
Later Freeman commented on the mood inside the locker room.
“It’s actually pretty high-energy,” Freeman said. “Guys have been bouncing around. Coming in Monday after the game everybody was pretty somber. Obviously the game didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but coach said you can’t let the Saints beat you twice in seven days. And after that, everyone went home on Monday, came back Wednesday, a lot of guys came back Tuesday, and when we started up again on Wednesday there were a lot of guys looking forward to an opportunity to go out and get a win."
The lack of offensive success has been frustrating to both the fans and the coaching staff, and to Freeman himself.
“You want to go out and play well and put up a lot of numbers offensively and score points and I think the frustration comes from knowing we’re that far away,” Freeman said. “And knowing that this offense is capable of scoring a lot more than seven points in a game. We just have to find a way to stop hurting ourselves and get better on third down and we’ll be just fine.
“But the level we’ve been practicing at is really high. Guys are flying around, the precision, the timing and it’s just a matter of not hurting ourselves. It’s just a matter of everybody locking in and getting guys moving around, hearing the call and getting there. This has been the sharpest we’ve been this week in practice so I look forward to that transferring to the game.”
• Bucs safety Ahmad Black faced the media for the first time since PewterReport.com revealed Wednesday he had been fined $21,000 for his hit on Jimmy Graham in last Sunday's 16-14 loss to New Orleans.
Black was frustrated but knows he has to use his head – the right way.
"I'm playing football, though," Black said. "Obviously we've got to change the way we're going out there and playing, but it's for a good cause, the safety of the players. We've got to lower the strike zone.
"We've been playing football for a number of years now and to change it all of a sudden, its' going to be tough for us, but it's something we've got to do. It's going to be tough, but in order to keep that check book heavy, it's something you've got to do."BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If you look at the our last two games, if we finished those last two drives we would be 2-0. And we would be proud of what had done. But you can’t be proud of 0-2. There are still little details we can correct that will make us even better and stop losing these games. It is nice to see all those things but they don’t mean jack when you keep losing.” – defensive end Adrian Clayborn on the frustration of being 0-2TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers return to the practice field on Friday at 11:00 a.m. as they continue their preparation for Sunday’s road trip to New England to face the Patriots.
Copyright © 2011 Pewter Report, PewterReport.com and Pewter Insider. All rights reserved. PewterReport.com, the official site of Pewter Report, is an independent source of news and commentary and is not affiliated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the NFL.