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)

D.J. Ware finds comfortable spot with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA — After his release from the Giants on Friday, it didn't take long for RB D.J. Ware to determine Tampa Bay was the place for him.

The Bucs are closer to his home state of Georgia, and former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan is Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.

"First and foremost, I think he can be a third-down back," coach Greg Schiano said. "He's done that in this league effectively. That would be nice to start there. Carrying the football? We'll have to see. There's only so many touches, and those touches are earned."

With rookie Doug Martin named the starter and with veteran LeGarrette Blount and seventh-round pick Michael Smith on the roster, would the Bucs activate all four backs on game days? Schiano said only if some play on special teams.

Ware said Tampa was right for him.

"When doors close, another one opens," he said. "The Bucs brought me in. I felt wanted. I felt needed. Anything I can do, I'm willing to do."

HARD FEELINGS: DT Amobi Okoye, released Friday after agreeing to an injury settlement, questioned Schiano's character Monday because of statements he made about a "history" of knee issues. Okoye has joined the Bears, for whom he played last season.

"It's too bad to hear the unfortunate things he's saying about my knee," Okoye said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's kind of unfair of him to say what he said to the media, painting a bad picture like my knee was always bad."

Okoye had offseason knee surgery and, he says, returned too early. An ensuing setback caused him to miss the final three preseason games.

Last week, Schiano said of Okoye, "You can be a little cautious at times. We've tried to do that. But at the end of the day, you've got to go out and earn a spot."

Okoye took aim at those comments.

"It really makes me question character of himself, because, while I was there, he was trying to mold us to be kind of like him," Okoye told the Sun-Times. "It made me question all the things he was teaching me. … It's like, 'Wow, what type of guy is this?' That really hurt."

It's unclear what the Bucs told Okoye after the surgery, or what their expectations were.

COMING OR GOING?: DL Wallace Gilberry, pulled off the practice field Saturday because he was being released, re-signed after G Julian Vandervelde was released. "I was just under the impression I was going to go home and stay in the gym and stay in shape to be ready," Gilberry said. "But God had another plan and so did Coach Schiano and (GM) Mark Dominik. I'm definitely happy."

PRACTICE SQUAD: The team signed OL Bradley Sowell, LB Jacob Cutrera, TE Drake Dunsmore, WR Dale Moss, WR Bert Reed, LB J.K. Schaffer, QB Adam Weber and DE Markus White.

D.J. Ware finds comfortable spot with Tampa Bay Buccaneers 09/03/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 3, 2012 9:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the warm response from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute were proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
  2. Rays vs. Cubs, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Cubs

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    Chris Archer's night ended with his 11th loss, but he and the Rays should feel good about his six solid innings. After the forearm tightness scare in Chicago, he had two rough outings, allowing 15 hits and 11 runs while lasting just seven innings total.

  4. At 6-8, Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov comes with, and needs, a high ceiling

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked that the 6-foot-8 defenseman could reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.

    Oleg Sosunov, competing in the Lightning’s preseason opener, is a 6-foot-8 defense-man whom Phil Esposito jokes can reach the Amalie Arena ceiling.
  5. Jones: Rays' Kevin Cash doesn't mind following in Joe Maddon's steps

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — On this particular night, he's the other guy. He's like a talk-show guest scooted to the end of the couch. He is Kevin Cash. And the Rays manager is standing in the home dugout at Tropicana Field.

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Manager Kevin Cash (L) of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to action during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field on September 17, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr./Getty Images) 700012494