Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Injuries might force Bucs to do some O-line shuffling vs. Saints

TAMPA — If the Bucs have to play Saturday without their top two options at right tackle — Demar Dotson remains in concussion protocol and backup Gosder Cherilus hasn't practiced because of groin and ankle injuries — there is another option that could put the best five linemen on the field.

The team could turn to undrafted rookie Leonard Wester, who has played in only two games with only six snaps at tackle, or it could make a double switch involving more experienced linemen.

The Bucs could take starting LG Kevin Pamphile, who spent most of his first two seasons as a backup tackle, and move him to right tackle, allowing G/C Evan Smith to fill in at left guard, as he did earlier this season when Pamphile was sidelined by a concussion.

"There are a lot of things in consideration," coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday. "I can't tell you, but we're going to show up and be ready to play, I will tell you that."

The team has a walkthrough practice today before it heads to New Orleans for Saturday's game, so Dotson still has a window to be cleared from concussion protocol, though he did not practice Thursday, suggesting that's less likely.

DE Robert Ayers, who missed Wednesday's practice because of an illness, was back at practice and listed as a full participant. That's encouraging, given that the team will already be without one starting end in Will Gholston, who dislocated his elbow in Sunday's loss at Dallas.

"We've got a little sickness going through our team right now," said Koetter, though no other players were sick enough to be listed on the injury report. "That's just part of this time of the year."

THIS AND THAT: The Saints again practiced without starting CB Delvin Breaux (shoulder). New Orleans played much of the first game against the Bucs two weeks ago without Breaux, but it still kept WR Mike Evans in check. … Bucs players took turns taking shaving-cream pies to the face after practice, helping earn local families 2,200 free tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is in town at Amalie Arena on Jan. 25-29.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected]om and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Comments
Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Just to preface this, the NFL Network's annual countdown of the league's top 100 players is a made-for-TV deal, good for summer offseason conversation but not carrying any huge amount of real significance.Having said that, it's worth noting that for ...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Will Gholston is painfully honest about a 2017 season that wasn't anything close to what he wanted it to be. Ask him about last year, and there are no parentheses in his world to soften what he remembers here."I just played (crappy), completely. That...
Published: 06/18/18
Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

The Bucs had four extra coaches during organized team activities last month as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, including former Tampa Bay receiver Lawrence Dawsey.Dawsey, 50, played for the Bucs from 1991-95, finishing his time ...
Published: 06/18/18
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Published: 06/16/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs still don’t know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

Bucs still don’t know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

TAMPA — The last pass thrown by Jameis Winston in a regular-season game was his best. The perfectly arced, 39-yard strike to Chris Godwin for a touchdown with nine seconds left gave the Bucs a 31-24 win over New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

The first Bucs home game of the 2018 season is still three months off, but the franchise is busy getting Raymond James Stadium ready with the fourth phase of its $160 million renovation, highlighted by a new East Stadium Club.Construction continues t...
Published: 06/15/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

The Bucs wrap up minicamp as Gerald McCoy sounds off on the team getting help for him, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner yelling at the veteran defensive tackle and advice for the young players who now have five weeks off before training camp.Plu...
Published: 06/15/18
Gerald McCoy: ‘Stop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got help’

Gerald McCoy: ‘Stop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got help’

TAMPA — On the last day of minicamp, DT Gerald McCoy made it clear that the new additions to the defensive line are what the entire team needed, not just himself."It's not about me. It's about the team," McCoy said of the addition of five new l...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

TAMPA — This week's three-day minicamp was the final push in the Bucs' offseason, with about six weeks now until the team reconvenes in late July for training camp and the real preamble to the 2018 season.So what, if anything, can be gleaned fr...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18