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by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Bucs opened their locker room after practice Thursday as they prepare for Sunday's matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
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Head Coach Greg Schiano
Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan
Click below to hear sound from the players thanks to Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi.
Defensive End Da'Quan Bowers
Linebacker Lavonte David
Cornerback Darrelle Revis
Kicker Rian Lindell
By Tom Krasniqi
The Bucs defensive players see the impact by just turning on the film. The splash plays are there from the Bills offense. And they have speed everywhere.
“Very fast, very fast,” Bucs linebacker LaVonte David said after Thursday’s practice when it comes to evaluating Buffalo’s offense. “They have some great backs that mix it up. Fred Jackson is a downhill runner—a power guy who can also break it outside. C.J. Spiller is a speed guy who could break it anytime he touches the ball.”
The Bills’ running back tandem of Jackson and Spiller have combined for nearly 1,300 yards rushing and nine rushing touchdowns. Spiller averaged nearly 10 yards per carry last week in the overtime loss to the Falcons.
Florida State product E.J. Manuel is back healthy and starting at quarterback. The Bucs know the rookie has the size and athleticism to be a very good signal caller for years to come. In 8 games this season, Manuel has thrown 9 touchdown passes against just four picks in 249 pass attempts.
“He’s mature beyond [his years],” defensive end Da’Quan Bowers said on Thursday. “I think he’ll be a great quarterback in this league. He’s one of those guys that you’ll look at and say—wow—He has the ability to do a lot of special things in this league. He has a strong arm, he’s about 6-6, he’s long, he’s quick. He has the tools to be special.”
At wide receiver, Steve Johnson leads the Bills in receiving with 46 catches for 526 yards and 3 scores. Bucs corner Darrelle Revis knows Johnson very well from Darrelle’s days with the Jets.
“He’s real shifty at the line. His routes are real smooth,” said Revis. “He’s not a burner or a fast guy but he finds a way to get open. That’s why he’s good at what he does.”
The Bills will run a no-huddle offense. The Bucs defense has to be ready for their up-tempo style and Greg Schiano’s club also had a real problem last week with missed tackles. And not to mention the forecast on Sunday will be unseasonably warm.
“As we all know, it’s really heated up here the last couple days and it’s going to be very warm on Sunday,” Schiano said during his Thursday press conference heard on WDAE. “Today, we were simulating the no-huddle with running a couple huddles and running guys in and out. I’m sure we’ll have some IVs flowing in the training room. Real feel out there, it was close to 90 [degrees]. That’ll have an impact I’m sure.”
As far as the Thursday injury report for the Bucs, WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) was back at practice on a limited basis. RG Davin Joseph (knee) returned to practice on a full-time basis. LG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice. CB Darrelle Revis (chest/shoulder) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced fully. WR Chris Owusu (hamstring) and DT Gary Gibson (calf) were both added to the injury report and practiced on a limited basis.
The Bills are relatively healthy heading into this week’s game. After missing Wednesday’s practice, DT Kyle Williams (Achilles) practiced fully on Thursday. WR Marquise Goodwin (calf) and TE Scott Chandler (personal) were added to the injury report. Goodwin was limited and Chandler missed practice because his wife was expecting the birth of their child.
News & Notes:
By Tom Krasniqi
One of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for the 3-9 Buccaneers has been the play of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The fourth year man out of Oklahoma is getting it done on the field and talks a good game off it.
McCoy leads the team in sacks with 6 but like the rest of the team, he’s coming off a bad game in Carolina. McCoy did not register any stats against the Panthers and he’s not happy about it.
“We got to play better,” McCoy said after Wednesday’s practice.
The Bucs were building some momentum before their 27-6 loss at Carolina last Sunday. With four games left in the season, McCoy wants to finish strong and he’s hoping the entire team follows suit.
“Last four weeks—we got to turn it up,” McCoy opined. “We’re not going to the playoffs…that’s a fact. So what? Are we going to lay down or are we going to finish up strong? We have four more weeks to leave our mark on 2013. What are we going to with it? It’s up to us.”
It’s that type of passion that you have to love about McCoy. He is an engaging personality who doesn’t pull any punches off the field. But don’t let his nice guy demeanor fool you. On the field, he’s a fierce competitor who will give everything he has--even though the Bucs are out of playoff contention.
“I truly believe with everything in my heart we can win these last four games,” McCoy stated. “We can go 4-0 in our last four games…..we just have to go do it.”
McCoy is a guy who doesn’t lack in confidence. But before you can win four straight, they need to win one. The 4-8 Bills come to town on Sunday and McCoy will not check out anytime soon.
“Never,” McCoy said defiantly. “I had two season-ending surgeries. I’m never going to check out. I’m going to play as much as I can because I’ve seen two seasons taken from me. It’s happened so I’m never going to quit.”
As far as the Wednesday injury report for the Bucs, WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RG Davin Joseph (knee) and LG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice. CB Darrelle Revis (chest/shoulder) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced fully. Head coach Greg Schiano stated that Jackson and Joseph were getting rest days.
The Bills are relatively healthy heading into this week’s game. DT Kyle Williams (Achilles) did not practice on Wednesday. He was the only player listed on Buffalo’s injury report.
News & Notes:
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their first practice of the week beginning to install the game plan for their match up on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Here is what the Bucs had to say following practice.
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone
Buffalo Bills QB E.J. Manuel
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Release) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed linebacker Danny Lansanah from the New York Jets’ practice squad.
Lansanah (6-1, 255) entered the league as a college free agent with Green Bay in 2008. He played in five games with the Packers as a rookie, recording two special teams tackles. He has been with the Jets for the first 13 weeks of this season. Lansanah will wear No. 51 for the Buccaneers.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Lansanah played collegiately at the University of Connecticut, starting 34-of-45 games, totaling 323 tackles, with 35 for loss, and 10 interceptions. He was named first-team All-Big East following his senior season.
The team also announced today that linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been placed on Injured Reserve. This season, Casillas has played in all 12 games, starting four, totaling 25 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. He leads the Buccaneers with nine special teams tackles.