Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Friday November 8:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:35 a.m. under mostly sunny skies and temperatures that reached into the upper 80’s. Tampa Bay practiced for over two hours and head coach Greg Schiano, who mentioned last week the team had their best practices all season, said there has been no drop off this week.
“I think we practiced at that level or better,” Schiano said. “That was good. We always talk about ‘we control the energy’ and that’s the truth. Each guy individually controls it. The last two days [were] really good.”
BUCS INJURIES• Schiano opened his press conference with some good news on the injury front.
[Safety] Dashon [Goldson] was full-go today which was good; [guard] Davin [Joseph] was full-go. We got a lot of good stuff done and did efficiently. Tomorrow we get to kind of shine everything up.”
ROSTER MOVES• The team announced that linebacker Ka’lial Glaud has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster after placing Doug Martin on injured reserve.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• What many thought should have happened three weeks ago, happened late Friday afternoon, when the Buccaneers announced that running back Doug Martin was placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury last month against the Falcons.
Martin started six games this season, leading the team in rushing attempts and rushing yards, recording 127 rushes for 456 yards and a touchdown. He also added 12 catches for 66 yards. Prior to his injury, Martin’s 81.8 rushing yards per game were the fourth most in the NFL.
In his second season from Boise State, Martin started all 16 games his rookie season, recording 1,926 yards from scrimmage, the third most in the NFL behind RB Adrian Peterson and WR Calvin Johnson. Martin earned a Pro Bowl berth, and set franchise rookie records for rushing yards (1,454), scrimmage yards (1,926), rushing touchdowns (11) and total touchdowns (12).
In Week 9 at Oakland, Martin rushed 25 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns. His 251 rushing yards are tied for the 10th-most in NFL history, and he is one of only two players in NFL history to rush for 250+ yards and four touchdowns in the same game.
• Darelle Revis spoke to the media on Friday and said he is looking forward to playing in the national spotlight Monday night against the Dolphins.
“There’s a lot of hype to Monday night, which is great,” Revis said. “It reminds me of playoff games. Guys who’ve ever played in the playoffs, they can probably relate to it very well because of the hype and the ‘lights, camera, action’ – everything is escalated to another level. That’s what it reminds me of. You’re on center stage. You’re playing in front of the country, in front of the world, so you’ve got to perform well. Everybody’s watching.”
Revis also mentioned that despite Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace drawing the biggest headlines in Miami after signing a big free agent deal in free agency, he isn’t the only receiver that Tampa Bay’s secondary needs to keep an eye on.
“I think [Brian] Hartline doesn’t get a lot of credit for what he does,” Revis said. “He’s a consistent receiver. I think he’s their best route-runner. He can kill you with double moves, and he runs smooth and crisp routes. I think he doesn’t get enough credit for what he does. And Mike Wallace, I’ve played against him a couple times [when he was] with Pittsburgh – [he’s] a fast guy as well. He can blow the top off the coverage and he can get open with his speed. I tip my hat off to those guys. I’ve played against them before. They’re familiar with me as well, too. It’ll be fun come Monday night.” QUOTE OF THE DAY“The fact that we have a special night where we are bringing [Hall of Famer] Warren [Sapp] into the ‘Ring of Honor’ and he’s going to be inducted at halftime, it’s going to be a packed house. To bring our fans a win that have stuck behind us and I know our players feel like that, I do, our whole organization feels that way. That’s the goal, that’s what we’re working very hard to do and I’m optimistic we can do that.” – Schiano on facing the Dolphins on Monday Night Football
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Bucs will be back on the practice field at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday as they continue practicing in preparation for Monday night’s matchup with the Dolphins.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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