Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Checking in on the Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Some quick takeaways from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ OTA (organized team activities) on Wednesday:
- Safety Cody Grimm said he was sorry about his recent arrest for public intoxication in Virginia. Grimm said he has talked with coach Greg Schiano about the incident and promised it would not happen again. Grimm clearly is fighting for a roster spot and the off-field stuff isn’t going to help him. But Grimm appeared to have a productive session Wednesday, coming up with an interception on a tipped ball and breaking up at least one other pass.
- Schiano said he’s very happy with the condition left tackle Donald Penn is in this spring. Schiano said when he arrived last year, Penn’s weight was an issue. But Schiano, Penn and the training staff discussed ways to deal with it and Penn’s weight hasn’t been an issue since.
- Schiano said cornerback Darrelle Revis continues to progress well in his recovery from knee surgery. But the coach stopped short of saying whether or not Revis is expected to be ready for the first day of training camp. Schiano emphasized the goal is to have Revis ready for the start of the season, but said training camp is part of the process. Revis was working with trainers Wednesday, but spent part of the session on the sideline watching his teammates.
- It doesn’t look like the Bucs plan to bring rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks along slowly. He was getting plenty of first-team work and seemed to hold his own in several matchups with starting receiver Mike Williams. I don’t know if Banks will start ahead of Eric Wright, but it’s pretty obvious the Bucs expect the rookie to be one of their top three cornerbacks.
- One of the better competitions in training camp should be for the job as the third receiver. It looks like free-agent pickup Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood are the primary candidates. Underwood appeared to have a solid practice Wednesday. He caught a long touchdown pass from Josh Freeman and also had a nice diving catch on a medium-range pass.
- Luke Stocker appeared to get most of the first-team work at tight end Wednesday. But I think the Bucs are hoping free-agent pickup Tom Crabtree can blossom. Crabtree didn’t get a lot of opportunities in his Green Bay days, but he appears to have some skills as a pass catcher.
- Schiano said he’s confident his team is following league rules that prohibit contact in OTAs as closely as possible. But he did acknowledge there was one incident last week when a couple of linemen got into a tussle in the heat of the moment.