Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano demands adherence to his program

TAMPA

One player has a sprained knee ligament. Another has a broken bone in his foot. A third strained a hamstring during the grueling conditioning test. A fourth will miss several weeks with a strained calf preparing for it.

First-year coach Greg Schiano is changing the culture of the Bucs, and that can be painful.

It was for WR Arrelious Benn, who likely needs four weeks to recover from a sprained right medial collateral ligament. It was for CB E.J. Biggers, who could miss a month with a broken left foot. It was for CB Derrick Roberson, who will miss a few weeks with a strained hamstring sustained during the conditioning drill that consisted of 16 110-yard dashes with 45 seconds in between. It was for LT Donald Penn, who could miss the first preseason game with a strained calf sustained while getting ready for the Aug. 10 matchup at Miami.

QB Josh Freeman, WR Mike Williams, G Carl Nicks, TE Colin Franklin and others have had issues with dehydration.

But injuries are part of the game. So is roster turnover.

Even though most offseason workouts are voluntary, Schiano jettisoned four players who weren't committed to spending their free time in Tampa: S Tanard Jackson (released), TE Kellen Winslow (traded to Seattle), DT Brian Price (traded to Chicago) and WR Dezmon Briscoe (waived).

In the case of Price, who netted a conditional seventh-round pick, and Briscoe, the Bucs weren't too concerned with getting value in return. The Bengals, Cowboys and Eagles put in claims for Briscoe, who went to the Redskins. Isn't it possible one of them would have given up a draft pick for Briscoe (whose six touchdown catches last season led the team)?

No matter. The Bucs aren't waiting for players to get with the program under Schiano.

"He's done a really good job of presenting his message and his clear vision of what he wants out of his football team," veteran DB Ronde Barber said. "And every coach does that. He's no different than Tony (Dungy) or Jon (Gruden) or Raheem (Morris) in that regard. He's going to demand a lot of us. He's a very concise speaker. There's no confusion about what he expects.

"I imagine this camp will be much like it was my first couple of years in this league. Every minute of the day is scripted and calculated. And that's good for this team. Our expectations aren't to be a rebuilding team. He's coming in here to win, and that's good. I, personally, appreciate that philosophy. The sooner we buy in, the sooner we get together as a team and get all 53 guys buying into that … the better off we'll be."

MILLER TIME: DT Roy Miller grimaces when he watches film from last season. In part because he remembers how much pain he was in with an injured back and sprained left knee ligament. Also, because of those injuries, his play wasn't very good.

"It was very frustrating," he said; "losing, the rushing yards, being hurt.

"I had a series of shots in my back that went on for a couple of months. It was hard for me to sit down in a chair, besides playing football. I had to work on my core this season and lose some weight. I put some things on tape that I didn't like at times. I was hurt. And as a man, it's hard to go out there and be hurt and play and not be as effective as you want to."

Miller, who played at about 325 last season, is down to 308. And with the trade of Price, he has a good shot to start at nose tackle.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: It has been only two practices, but it appears rookie RB Doug Martin will get every chance to win the starting job. He has been taking the first reps with the starting offense. Besides, why would you use a first-round pick on a player you don't believe can play immediately? LeGarrette Blount and Michael Smith will have important roles as well, and things can change when the pads go on today. But Martin has the edge.

Comments
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFL’s investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

New details emerged Friday night about the Uber ride in Arizona in March 2016 that led to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to start the upcoming season, including the fact that Winston was in a car that night with a former Vand...
Published: 06/22/18
Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, who has had as good an offseason as any Tampa Bay player, was on SiriusXM NFL radio for a scheduled interview on Thursday night, talking about a range of subjects, including the news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start...
Published: 06/22/18
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Published: 06/22/18
Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursda...
Published: 06/22/18
Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

TAMPA — Thursday was not the end of Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, but it is in sight.Me? I was sitting at home. I was tired of the NBA draft, even with Tampa's Kevin Knox going to the New York Knicks.So I switched to the NFL Network. An episode ...
Published: 06/22/18
Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Published: 06/22/18
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
Published: 06/22/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to report the 2016 i...
Published: 06/22/18