Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan denies pursuing Boston College job

TAMPA — It's silly season in collegiate coaching circles right now, with plenty of speculation surrounding who might land in the various positions currently open.

Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan found himself in that rumor mill over the weekend, when ESPN reported he expressed interest in the now-filled Boston College head coaching position. The Eagles have since hired Temple coach Steve Addazio, a former Gators offensive coordinator.

But Sullivan indicated Wednesday that he never pursued the Boston College job.

"All of my attention, all of my focus, all of my energy has been and will continue to be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, getting us to be our best on Sunday," Sullivan said. "This is the time of year when there's going to be rumor or innuendo.

"To set the record straight, before I would ever initiate contact or pursue or inquire about a job, the first thing I would do would be to talk to coach (Greg) Schiano. The second thing would be to talk to (general manager) Mark Dominik, and then ownership. None of those conversations occurred. I'm totally focused on the task at hand."

ON THE MEND: The Bucs got encouraging news on CB LeQuan Lewis' knee injury. Lewis, who suffered the injury Sunday, was riding a stationary bike Wednesday, and Schiano said the prognosis is "not as bad as maybe it appeared initially."

While Lewis may not return this week, Schiano doesn't believe it'll be a long-term problem.

Lewis has also been the team's primary kick returner, and Schiano said there are several options to fill that role Sunday against the Eagles, including WR Tiquan Underwood, punt returner Roscoe Parrish or RB Michael Smith.

DEBUT TIME: The Bucs young and banged-up secondary is expected to get a boost Sunday when CB Anthony Gaitor makes his season debut.

Gaitor, who has been on injured reserve with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason, feels ready to step in after practicing for two weeks with the team. The second-year pro is hoping to build off the momentum he gained in finishing last year strong.

"Just happy to be back, it's been a long time," Gaitor said. "I've been preparing like I was playing each and every game. Now I got an opportunity to play."

Gaitor, who played in nickel situations last season, could play there again Sunday, or more.

"He's going to have a role; everybody is going to have a role," Schiano said. "Right now, we're at a spot where it's all hands on deck in the secondary and we're going to play it together."

HOLTZ SIGHTING: Recently fired USF coach Skip Holtz was a guest observer at Wednesday's practice, seen chatting with Schiano. Holtz was unavailable for comment.

MEDICAL MATTERS: DT Roy Miller (head) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, and neither did RB D.J. Ware (illness). WR Vincent Jackson was limited with a calf injury.

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