Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs to get preview of 3-4 looks against Browns defense

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, center, says facing the Browns for practices and in Friday’s preseason game will help prepare for 3-4 defenses.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, center, says facing the Browns for practices and in Friday’s preseason game will help prepare for 3-4 defenses.

TAMPA — The Bucs have two joint practices and a game this week against the Browns, and one benefit for Tampa Bay will be preparing coach Dirk Koetter's offense for 3-4 defenses, which at least six opponents will use this season.

The Bucs will face the 3-4 look — three down linemen and four linebackers, requiring a different blocking scheme — in regular-season games against the Cardinals, Broncos, 49ers, Bears, Chiefs and Chargers.

"Two extra days of working against a 3-4 are huge," Koetter said.

Koetter said the Browns offense uses some zone read plays as well, so the Bucs defense will get some practice against those. Koetter said the Browns have averaged "six or seven" zone read plays a game, which will help the Bucs prepare for later schemes this season against teams like the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers.

Today's practice is only open to Bucs season-ticket holders, while Wednesday's is open to the general public.

Coming back: Bucs TE Cameron Brate, who took a shot to the neck/head in the end zone in Saturday's win against the Jaguars, was back and practicing as normal Monday.

Brate had said after the game that he was "fine," but two other players injured Saturday were held out Monday. WR Evan Spencer, who left the game with a knee injury, watched practice from the sidelines, and S Keith Tandy, who took a hit to the head while making a tackle, worked out with a trainer on a side field.

LB Daryl Smith, who hasn't practiced since before the team went to Jacksonville last week, also worked out with Tandy and the trainer.

DT Gerald McCoy (ankle) and RB Doug Martin (ribs) were at practice after being held out of Saturday's game with minor injuries.

Rookie G Caleb Benenoch, who has missed three weeks of practice with an ankle injury, is making a step toward a return. Benenoch was dressed Monday and working out with a trainer on a side field, testing his ankle by running.

Transactions: The Bucs made three roster moves. Rookie OT Kelby Johnson was waived-injured after suffering a calf strain in Saturday's win; another undrafted rookie, OT Kyler Kerbyson, replaced him on the roster and will wear the same No. 67 jersey. Kerbyson, who started his final two seasons at Tennessee, spent three weeks with the Patriots before he was waived last week.

"I'm just coming in to work as hard as I can, to try to see if I can contribute to this team and learn as much as I can while I'm here," said Kerbyson, who had Bucs QBs coach Mike Bajakian as his offensive coordinator at Tennessee in 2013-14.

The Bucs also waived undrafted rookie LB Cassanova McKinzy, who had missed two weeks with a hamstring injury and played only one defensive snap Saturday. No corresponding move was announced.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Bucs to get preview of 3-4 looks against Browns defense 08/22/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2016 9:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rick and Tom podcast: How good is this Lightning team?

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning is 5-1-1 to start the season but giving up a lot of goals each game, so just how good is this team? Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break it down in their latest podcast.

    New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri, center right, collides with Lightning goalie Peter Budaj (31) as defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and defenseman Jake Dotchin (59) help defend. [AP photo]
  2. Florida Gators, Kevin Knox get preseason SEC basketball honors

    Blogs

    After last year's run to the Elite Eight, the Florida Gators are one of the favorites in the SEC.

  3. Dirk Koetter, not Jameis Winston, has to make the call

    Blogs

    “Touchdown” Tom Jones, the best Bucs columnist in town, took it to the house Tuesday when he wrote that Jameis Winston should do the right thing and take a seat if he’s not perfectly healthy to play at Buffalo.

    Whether Jameis Winston plays Sunday or not is Dirk Koetter's call.
  4. This is no time for Jameis Winston to play hero

    Bucs

    Don't be a hero, Jameis.

    Do the right thing. Do what's best.

     Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sits on the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) 700070683
  5. NBA off and running to its usual ending

    Blogs

    The NBA season began Tuesday night.

    It ends in June.

    Call me when the Warriors win.

    True, there was news Tuesday night, bad news, grisly news, as Celtics small forward and newcomer Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and broke his tibia in a look-away injury early in Boston’s opener at LeBron.

    Call me when the Warriors win, Martin Fennelly writes.