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.

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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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Wausa
Wausa
3 years ago

Outside of Jamies, Donavan is probably the most important player on the Bucs roster. Great news that he is back.

Hopefully, Vea will be back next week

sherb
sherb
3 years ago

I see Nassib as OK depth for the DL, but his impact remains to be seen. How many snaps will he actually play? I’m much more excited to see Carlton Davis get out there and make plays- this week will be a big test for the entire secondary.

surferdudes
3 years ago

It looked like to me from another site the Bucs held practice outdoors? I thought that curious being they’ll be playing indoors, on turf under the lights this Sunday. Evans had said in the Times that the new indoor facility has helped him prepare for playing in a dome where he admitted he struggles with the lighting. Why wouldn’t you use that multi million dollar facility to better prepare your team for an indoor game?

owlykat
owlykat
3 years ago

Just coming off an injury D. Smith will be more of a liability on passing downs than usual. The smart move would be to play him at LG instead; play Dotson at LT and move Marpet to RT, replacing Benenoch, and let Leidkey show what he can do at RT! But I doubt Warhop has a smart move in his mind. Our OC needs to set the lineup. This could be a great starting OL for this season. Scott of PR knows it too!

owlykat
owlykat
3 years ago

Oops, Marpet to RG not RT.