Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Bucs coach Schiano disappointed when football comes out

TAMPA - Bucs coach Greg Schiano was pleased to hear the pads popping for the first time during training camp Sunday, but he was disappointed when a football popped loose.

Penalties and missed assignments are part of the game, especially during the first day of contact. Running back Mosis Madu lost a fumble during a team drill. Overall, ball security has been good, according to Schiano, but added that there is no excuse for a running back to have a turnover.

"I thought the guys responded well," Schiano said. "We certainly have a ton of stuff we have to work on. It was sloppy. But I think every time you add a different variable to the equation, you're going to get a little bit of that. So we add the pads, we add contact, you start thinking about some of those contact related things and you start messing up your assignments or you jump off-sides.

"Penalties, missed assignments. We had one ball come out, which that just can't happen. A ball carrier can not put the ball on the ground, period."

Schiano has been pleased by the competition at running back, where LeGarrette Blount, rookies Doug Martin and Michael Smith and Madu have split reps. Martin took the balance of work with the first team again on Sunday.

All four tailbacks have made a conscious effort to carry the ball high and tight to their chest.

"I thought it's been very good, but it doesn't take many to ruin that equation and we just put the ball on the ground in a one-on-one tackle situation," Schiano said. "Again, you don't want to make it so you get afraid and guys have to be able to play and in the passing game, you have to be able to try and stick it in windows that maybe aren't very big, and we have a quarterback like we do who has a strong arm, you've got to go after it. So there will be some interceptions, I'm not sitting here saying there won't. It's just when you're carrying the football, there's no reason for that ball to come out ever. Ever. If we're going to get turnovers, let's let them be on interceptions where the risk-reward is really great."

BEAR MARKET: As departed defensive tackle Brian Price prepares for his first practice with the Chicago Bears this week, he took time to update local reporters there about his status following his trade from the Bucs on Thursday.

Of his health, Price said, "Man, I'm here with this team, and I'm feeling great. A couple of months ago, it was nowhere near where I'm at now. Just being here, I feel better, like the weight of the world got lifted off my shoulders."

Price has battled a rare condition with his pelvis and hamstrings, one that affected him all through the 2011 season and, he said, adversely affected him during the conditioning test he failed on Thursday in Tampa.

But Price vowed to be ready to go when he is allowed to join his new teammates on Tuesday. He passed the Bears' physical on Saturday.

"That's a part of being a professional," he said. "No matter what you're going through, you still got to show up and be a pro."

The change of scenery seems to have had a positive impact on Price.

"I was happy," he said. "A brand new beginning. A fresh start. It doesn't get no better than this. . . This is a defensive town. Great leaders. The love of the game is coming back to me."

PRACTICE REPORT: With the injury to CB E.J. Biggers, who is sidelined for about four weeks with a broken bone in his foot, the battle for nickel cornerback is on between Anthony Gaitor and Leonard Johnson, an undrafted rookie from Iowa State and former Largo HS quarterback...Bucs LB play improved Sunday. MLB Mason Foster had a tackle for loss on Mosis Madu. Rookie Lavonte David had a tackle for no gain on Doug Martin. LB Adam Hayward intercepted a pass intended for TE Dallas Clark...During a blitz period Sunday, Freeman hits Vincent Jackson with a deep ball, beating CB Aqib Talib in man coverage...WR Mike Williams, who left practice early with cramps Saturday, returned to workouts Sunday... Bucs PK Connor Barth was 3-of-4 on FG attempts on the undersized goal posts.

/ / /

ROSTER MOVES: The Bucs signed LB Nate Triplett, who was on the Colts active roster and Chargers practice squad last season.

Triplett has played in eight career games mainly on special teams, recording six tackles. He replaces LB Thomas Williams, who decided he no longer wanted to play football and left the team.

Staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report

End.

Comments
Jason Pierre-Paul, Brent Grimes absent as Bucs open OTA practices

Jason Pierre-Paul, Brent Grimes absent as Bucs open OTA practices

The Bucs started another chapter of their offseason Tuesday with the first OTA (organized team activity) practice at One Buc Place, with veterans Jason Pierre-Paul and Brent Grimes as the only healthy players absent from what is officially a voluntar...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs Jameis Winston gets engaged to long-time girlfriend Breion Allen who says, ‘Well, it’s about damn time’

Bucs Jameis Winston gets engaged to long-time girlfriend Breion Allen who says, ‘Well, it’s about damn time’

On a day when the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was taking place across the pond, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston proposed marriage to his long-time girlfriend Breion Allen Saturday in New York City.She said yes.The proposal to...
Published: 05/21/18
Could Bucs find another undrafted rookie tight end in 2018?

Could Bucs find another undrafted rookie tight end in 2018?

At no position is the Bucs' ability to find talent outside the NFL draft more clear than at tight end, where three of the four returning players from last season joined the Bucs as undrafted rookie free agents.Cameron Brate did so in 2014, Alan Cross...
Published: 05/21/18
Why the Buccaneers’ 2018 schedule isn’t as bad as it seems

Why the Buccaneers’ 2018 schedule isn’t as bad as it seems

Saints, Eagles, Steelers.Three games against three playoff teams to open the NFL season.Who in the league scheduling office did the Buccaneers tick off?What an injustice!Or not.Maybe the league did the Bucs a favor.Would you rather face the Saints, E...
Published: 05/21/18
O-line coach ‘ecstatic’ about Bucs drafting Vita Vea

O-line coach ‘ecstatic’ about Bucs drafting Vita Vea

Add another to the long list of Bucs players and coaches excited about first-round pick Vita Vea: offensive line coach George Warhop.Warhop said the 347-pound defensive tackle from Washington kept showing up as he looked at tape on Pac-12 offensive l...
Published: 05/19/18
Pillow talk: O-line coach says Bucs need tougher approach to run the ball

Pillow talk: O-line coach says Bucs need tougher approach to run the ball

TAMPA — At least he stopped short of calling them soft. That's not a word you ever want to use when describing an NFL player, much less the entire offensive line. That would be a tough pillow to swallow.But it's clear George Warhop didn't like ...
Published: 05/19/18
Pop Warner to honor Bucs’ Gerald McCoy as ‘Inspiration to Youth’

Pop Warner to honor Bucs’ Gerald McCoy as ‘Inspiration to Youth’

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will be honored at Pop Warner's annual "All-American Scholars Banquet" in Orlando with the national sports organization's "Inspiration to Youth" award.McCoy, who has been to six straight Pro Bowls, is the first-ever...
Published: 05/18/18
Land O’Lakes grad Shaheed Salmon gets contract with Bucs

Land O’Lakes grad Shaheed Salmon gets contract with Bucs

Most appropriately named player on the Bucs roster? Undrafted rookie Shaheed Salmon, a linebacker from Land O'Lakes who has quickly shown the ability to fight against the current and get to where he wants to go.Salmon, 22, wasn't drafted and didn't h...
Published: 05/18/18
Mike Evans, Jameis Winston among top 25 players under 25, Pro Football Focus says

Mike Evans, Jameis Winston among top 25 players under 25, Pro Football Focus says

Mike Evans and Jameis Winston are two of the 25 best young players in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.In the website's Top 25 Under 25 list, Evans ranks 11th and Winston ranks 20th. Evans is the highest-ranked receiver, and Winston is the hi...
Published: 05/18/18
More praise for Bucs WR Chris Godwin: ‘I see him as a starter’

More praise for Bucs WR Chris Godwin: ‘I see him as a starter’

Perhaps no Bucs player is drawing more consistent praise from coaches than second-year receiver Chris Godwin, who emerged in the second half last year and got his first career touchdown on the Bucs' final pass of the year to beat the Saints in the se...
Published: 05/17/18