So far, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have completed two training camp practices, and have looked much different than in 2011. The practices are much more intense, the rules are stricter, and everything is up-tempo. We have the latest from Buccaneers camp, including injury updates, things to know, and the latest from the players.
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn sprained his MCL on Friday, and on Saturday, head coach Greg Schiano said that he would miss at least two weeks, however, it still is the off-season, so the Buccaneers will likely keep Benn out for around four weeks.
Cornerback E.J. Biggers is facing a similar situation, as he broke a bone in his right foot. Biggers’ injury is more serious than Benn’s, but he will also be out for about a month. The problem for the Buccaneers is that they now lack depth at the cornerback position. The injury to Biggers will give second-year man Anthony Gaitor more repetitions. Other players likely to step up at the position, include Myron Lewis, Leonard Johnson, and newly acquired Marquese Wheaton, who was impressive on Saturday breaking up a few passes.
Safety Ronde Barber appeared to be slightly hurt on a play towards the end of practice. However, Barber walked off the field under his own power at the conclusion of practice. Eric Wright limped off the field after making a defensive play and proceeded to sit down on the sidelines with an apparent leg injury. Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik came over to him, and was apparently convinced that Wright’s injury was not serious.
Wide receiver Mike Williams was carted off the field during the second half of Saturday’s practice. Schiano said during the press conference that Williams’ injury was likely a heat related issue, probably cramping.
Things to Know
The weather was not a big issue on Saturday due to the overcast sky and relatively mild temperature of 83 degrees. Players seemed to be thankful for the relief and dehydration-related issues were not frequent.
Tiquan Underwood had a great practice for the second straight day. Underwood frequently received praise from wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck. He could end up making the roster, as Benn is on the bubble.
The Buccaneers will practice in full pads on Sunday, Schiano confirmed. He was adamant about this, saying, “We play the game with pads on.” He has every intention of making the players practice in pads from Sunday on.
Veteran Dallas Clark struggled on Saturday, and even received a few boos from the crowd for a few dropped passes. Clark is still learning the playbook, and should be able to make the necessary adjustments soon.
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On Demar Dotson:
“He just keeps growing. The more he plays football, the better he’s going to get. He’s just such a raw athlete, powerful dude. The more experience he gets. The sky’s the limit for the kid.”
On himself and his comfort level:
“Yeah, I’m just trying to get more comfortable every day. I mean, that’s the only thing that I can really ask of myself. I can’t try to be where I gotta be in September, or whatever, right now. I gotta take it one day at a time and keep growing.”
On preparation now that he has a fixed position:
“I mean, it’s not really any easier because you always prepare. But it’s refreshing to know that I’m going to get a chance to work on things, improve on certain things everyday, instead of coming out and not being sure about what you’re going to get a chance to do.”
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