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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rookie receiver Raymond Webber may miss season; tight end Ryan Purvis impressing; rain hampers practices

Seizing opportunity

TE Ryan Purvis has an expanded role with fourth-round draft pick Luke Stocker out with a hip injury and considered week to week.

Purvis has been making an impression on coaches and is bidding to be on the final roster. His chief competition is likely seventh-round draft pick Daniel Hardy.

"Purvis has done a nice job of being a bigger body, working on really being a blocker," coach Raheem Morris said. "We know about (his) receiver skills. He certainly knows how to get open, and he can fill a role by being a big-body guy who we can put (in the lineup) and at least get a stalemate and be pretty happy with him.

"He's competing well. He's obviously got to do it in the game and do it against some other guys, but I like what he's doing."

The Bucs likely will keep three tight ends at the final cut.

Change of scenery

The weather wreaked havoc with the Bucs on Wednesday, prompting a decision to pile the players into passenger vans for a short ride from One Buc Place to Raymond James Stadium, where the club planned to hold its morning walkthrough in the stadium's expansive loading-dock area.

After all that effort, the rain lightened, and the team moved the walkthrough onto the stadium's playing field.

In the afternoon, during the primary practice, the Bucs returned to the stadium and held a game simulation.

Coaches used radio communications, and players lined the sidelines as they would during a game. That required them to be sharp when making changes in personnel groupings, such as a move from the base defense to the nickel defense.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Reading between the lines

WR Raymond Webber, an undrafted rookie from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, left practice Monday with an apparent hamstring injury. Wednesday, he took to Twitter and seemed to suggest he's going to be out awhile, perhaps even the season. "(W)ish I could play this year but (I'm) still a part of tampa bay buccaneers, (there's) light at the end of the tunnel (sic)," he wrote. The Bucs didn't comment on Webber's status.

Number of the day


Florida natives on the Bucs' 90-man roster

Next public practice

When: 2:30-4:35 p.m. Sunday

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: Schedule is weather permitting and subject to change. Go to for updates.

Games schedule


Friday: at Kansas City, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 18: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 27: Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Regular season

Sept. 11: Lions, 1, Ch. 13 *

Sept. 18: at Vikings, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 25: Falcons, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 3: Colts, 8:30, ESPN, Ch. 28 *

Oct. 9: at 49ers, 4, Ch. 13

Oct. 16: Saints, 4:15, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 23: Bears (London), 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 6: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 13: Texans, 1, Ch. 10 *

Nov. 20: at Packers, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 27: at Titans, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 4: Panthers, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 11: at Jaguars, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 17: Cowboys, 8:20, NFL Network, TBD *

Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13

Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13

* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rookie receiver Raymond Webber may miss season; tight end Ryan Purvis impressing; rain hampers practices 08/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 5:43pm]
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