The injury buy hit the Bucs again this week as it was announced running back Jeff Demps has surgery on his injured groin. On Thursday Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks spoke to the media and Davin Joseph announced he will play on Sunday despite a knee injury.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Thursday October 17:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
• The Buccaneers began practice at 11:30 under partly cloudy skies and a light breeze on Thursday. Temperatures were warm but not unbearable. The Buccaneers practiced for two hours and finished off the practice with the loud speakers blaring music (The Gap Band) to help simulate the noise expected in the Georgia Dome.BUCS INJURIES
• Wide receiver Mike Williams, who missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a hamstring injury, practiced again on a limited basis Thursday head coach Greg Schiano said.
• Guard Davin Joseph was not at practice on Wednesday, was a go on Thursday and was back lined up at right guard. Joseph told the media that the knee injury actually happened early in the game, but he played through it. While Joseph hasn’t been very impressive this year, the early game injury explains a lot about his inability to hold his ground. Film review showed Joseph getting pushed back and losing leverage on a number of plays in Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Eagles.
Joseph talked about the injury on Thursday, saying it shouldn't keep him out of Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
"No doubt at all. I’ll be fine,” Joseph said. “Nothing that a little ice and a little rest won’t take care of. I just got ran into, got rolled up in a pile. Left knee. Happened in the first quarter. I was able to play with it the rest of the day, but after the game and on Monday if swelled up, so we jut had to get the inflammation out. ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Thursday. THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media on Thursday and while he seemed to acknowledge he has heard the outcry from fans about him not playing enough man coverage, Revis said he plays what is called.
“I don’t get into all of that,’’ Revis said. “I don’t get into the fans or press clippings or what people have to say. The only thing we can do is control what we’re doing here. I’ve got to do a better job as well as a number of my teammates of executing the plays better.’’
Revis also talked about the secondary and the fact that they are close to putting it all together.
“I think collectively we're doing a better job,” Revis said. “I think in this week’s game plan you’re going to see a lot of moving pieces on defense. The only thing we can do is all do our individual job, and play well. You have seen a glimpse of it in certain games, we just have to keep on doing what we’re doing and the plays will keep coming.”
• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks has played well for the most part this season, but two glaring errors on Sunday overshadowed what has been a solid rookie season through five games. Banks was beaten by Riley Cooper for a touchdown (replays showed Cooper pushed off) in the third quarter, and also missed an open field tackle later in the game that resulted in a long gain for the Eagles.
Banks knows that as a cornerback sometimes you are judged more on the errors you make as they are magnified, but the former Mississippi Sate star says those things will make him better.
“You just have to live and learn,” Banks said. “I am playing this game, I am a rookie, I am out there flying around and having fun making plays. But I made two mistakes that cost us. And cost our team some big yards and seven points. It is a big learning experience. If I don’t take anything from those games there is no use for me being out there. Every game I mistake, I learn from it."
Banks said his teammates helped him deal with the disappointment.
“My teammates are always supportive,” Banks said. “That is one thing about this team. I came from a great team at Mississippi State, but the family environment here is like totally different. I am so comfortable being around these guys. I enjoy coming to work and being with these guys. They knew I was kind of down about it and they kept talking me up. Revis he has been the biggest help. He has been through some of the things I have been through and gone through. He knows how it is being a rookie.”
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan stood up for his rookie cornerback on Thursday.
“Really it’s just the two plays,” Sheridan said. “It’s so glaring like last year when the guys get hung up on big plays. It’s because you’re out there, and you’re exposed, so it’s glaring. Jonathan does an excellent job. There was the one that got thrown deep, the one big shot there, but he’s made that play, and he’ll make it again. It’s so glaring, but he’s played solid. He played a solid game the other day; it’s just those two out there for everyone to see.”
Banks also talked about the challenge of facing a wounded Falcons team who is also having a disappointing season, sitting at 1-4.
“We are desperate for win (also) we're just going to go out and not do anything special, just execute,” Banks said. “We are just going to try and execute, fly around and try and make plays. And try and go in there and get a win.”QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Those two guys are a big part of their offense, and the passing attack. I don’t know what they're going to do to tell you the truth. With those two on the field including (Tony) Gonzalez, it’s probably the best passing attack in the NFL. Losing those two guys, I don’t know what they’re game plan is I’m sure they are trying to stick with the guy they have right now.” – Darrelle Revis on the Falcons injury situation with Roddy White and Julio JonesWHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field on Friday at 11:05 a.m. for their final full practice before Sunday’s road trip to Atlanta.
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