The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were at One Buc on Monday, but that was a bonus practice due to their last game being on Friday.
Wednesday’s practice really was the first official practice of the regular season, and there was a lot that went on, including the introduction of the Buccaneers’ newest defensive end Carl Nassib.
Nassib comes over form Cleveland where he recorded 5.5 sacks over the last two years. In his final season at Penn State, he recorded 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.
His former teammate at Penn State, Bucs wide receiver Chris Godwin, spoke on what it’s like having Nassib around again.
But Nassib won’t be the only Buccaneers suiting up for his first regular season game with the team on Sunday in new Orleans. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also talked about what it will be like going out onto the field as a Buccaneer.
Bucs rookie cornerback Carlton Davis is also poised to see quite a bit of playing time in his first game as a Bucs this Sunday. Davis knows that going up against a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees will be a challenge, but he’s looking forward to it.
We also got to hear form Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith on Wednesday.
We asked him about that Davis-Brees matchup specifically, and he said he’s confident in his young corners after a good training camp from both.
Bu the big news out of the day was when the podium mics were off and the pads came on, and in those pads was left tackle Donovan Smith.
After practice, head coach Dirk KOetter addressed the media at the podium. he said that this is the healthiest his squad has been in a long time, which is key when entering the regular season. Koetter also talked about the task at hand and what it would mean to get a win on the road in New Orlean this week.