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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' Friday quotes



Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris' Friday quotes, courtesy of the Bucs:

(On Antonio Bryant not practicing today)
"It's never good when you don't practice; that will always be an issue. He's missed a bunch of practices this year. We've got him on the questionable list right now. We've just get him to the game and see if he's going to go."

(On if Bryant has had his knee checked out again)
"Our doctors are in constant communication with him. He has his own doctors, so we all look at it. It's been double-checked. He's gone back in, he's looking at it again, helping it out, seeing what he can do to get better."

(On if Bryant aggravated his original knee injury)
"I don't know if it was an aggravation. I think it was just a fighting issue. He was out here this week, too. I don't have any true doctor terms for you, but I'm sure he'll be trying to play and fighting to play."

(On if there has been talk of Bryant having additional surgery)
"No, no talk about that."

(On who would start if Bryant is out)
"You've got a plethora of guys. It would probably be platoons. You've got B.C. [Brian Clark], who is probably listed as the backup on the depth chart, but you've also got Mo [Stovall], who knows the position. You also have Yamon Figurs, who we got off the street. We also have Sammie Stroughter who goes in there and plays a bunch of X for you when he has a chance at spot duty. He's our starting Zebra but he can come in at X a little bit as far as some spot duty."

(On if Clayton's wrist injury is affecting his ability to catch the ball)
"He had full participation the last couple of days, so I'm pretty fired up about everything. This is his wrist – it's kind of weak but there's nothing on it, no cast, no nothing. He's out there practicing so we'll have to go see."

(On how Josh Freeman looked in practice)
"He looked good, not bad. He had a chance to go out there and get in the huddle, take control and have a chance to talk to some of the veterans in there with him, as far as [Jeff] Faine, getting on the same page with a Faine type of guy. Kellen [Winslow] is always in constant communication with guys. Really positive stuff. Kellen is a…I don't want to call him a mentor or anything like that, but Kellen does have some really good things to say to the young guy. He's talking to him and they communicate well. They always have. That's kind of been a little thing I've seen develop here for awhile. Kellen Winslow's one of those guys who does a lot of extra work on the scout team, so even when Josh was running some of the scout-team things I saw Kellen jump in with him and they talked about routes and progressions and things of that nature. That's a little bit of a nice relationship that we'd like to see get done here for the next couple years. Yesterday you saw those guys out there throwing extra routes and doing extra work. I think that's good."

(On Green Bay CBs Charles Woodson and Al Harris squatting on short passes)
"I don't know if they squat. Usually they're standing right up in your face, just beating you up. You're talking about two excellent corners, and you're talking about one, especially, being a big-time ballhawk. He's been that throughout his career. They are playing some more off coverage. They're doing some different things on defense, but when they're off you know they're going to be very aggressive, they're going to be very confident. That's the type of players they are. That's the type of player you have to be in this league to play corner. They're issues. They're something to deal with."

(On Freeman's command in the huddle)
"That started when he was leading that scout-team offense. I know it's a card, but a lot of the concepts are the same in this league. All those guys do a lot of the really good things. You started to see that with the scout team, you started to see him develop that, now you've got to develop that rapport with the first unit. That's all a part of him being on the same page with Faine and Donald Penn, making the call, talking with his running back. It was actually great today to see a guy make a mistake and have him correct it, him getting a play repeated that was a mistake by somebody else and him having an ability to recognize it was a mistake by the other player and go talk to him."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:48pm]


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