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REAR ENTRIES: Camp Is Dangerous

July 28, 2012 at 01:08pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

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BENN HURT: According to PFT, Arrelious Benn strained an MCL and is expected to miss four weeks, meaning all of training camp and possibly all of preseason. I’d say run out and grab Dezmon Briscoe again, but the Redskins picked him up on waivers, so I guess he and Tanard Jackson and Raheem Morris can all get together after practice and talk about how the Bucs don’t know what they’re doing by letting them go. Jackson should have plenty of time to chat since he’s on the PUP list.

Anyway, Benn’s role in the offense has been reduced with the arrival of Vincent Jackson, but I imagine he will still be missed. The curse of the second-round continues. Someone wrap Lavonte David in bubble wrap.

DOMINIK EXPLAINS TRADE: Speaking of the second-round curse, Mark Dominik explained that Brian Price‘s trade to Chicago was not a spur of the moment decision.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Friday the trade of beleaguered defensive tackle Brian Price and release of wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe were moves the team had been “planning” for at least a couple weeks and that neither player should have been surprised by the move.

But then he said the least politically correct thing he could say about a player who has been through as much as Price has. And he’s absolutely 100% correct.

“But at some point we have to go out there and win some football games, and part of the plan for us was to be involved in free agency this offseason and go out and find guys like Amobi Okoye and Wallace Gilberry, who can help out, so his was a position that we have focused on, knowing this day could come.”

Dominik didn’t rest on “We’re going in a different direction,” which everyone else would have done. By saying “at some point we have to go out there and win some football games,” he said that despite all of Price’s personal issues, the Buccaneers are not a charity and can’t afford to have someone on the roster who cannot contribute to wins. It seems harsh but it has to be said. I’m glad Dominik said it.

BIGGERS DOWN TOO: Hey look at that. While I was looking for a third story, the Bucs released a statement that E.J. Biggers also suffered a foot injury yesterday, apparently in the same play that injured Benn when they collided.

“It’s part of the game, unfortunately, in no-pads,” said Schiano. “It’s just an unfortunate thing, but we’ve got to keep pressing on. Those two guys will get back. They’re going to keep preparing and working. My philosophy when a guy gets injured is, certainly there are things you can’t do with skill development, but there’s a lot of things you can do. In the weight room, rehab – that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to work at the things you can control.”

Anthony Gaitor and Myron Lewis will likely be filling in while Biggers is down. I had high hopes for Lewis a while ago, but this may be his last real opportunity to shine.

6 Comments to “REAR ENTRIES: Camp Is Dangerous”

JBBUC

JBBUC (July 29, 2012 at 03:07am:

I am already starting to get annoyed with Schiano. I think he is setting himself and the team up for grievances to be filed if he keeps kicking guys off the team because they miss VOLUNTARY workouts. There is NO good FOOTBALL reason that I can see to have ditched Winslow and Briscoe at this point. If you’re saying Price is a bust because he can’t stay healthy, fine. But you have to say the same about McCoy too, don’t you? And it might only be a matter of time before you have to start looking at Clayborne and Bowers in the same light. That is, IF this is really about football and NOT about missing voluntary workouts.

Do we have any other guys left on the team at this point who missed the voluntary stuff? I would be really interested to see if anyone from that list makes it to the regular season.

RustyRhino

RustyRhino (July 29, 2012 at 09:43am:

Hey where can we watch the preseason games at in ATL, I’m in Buford. I am only sad about Price, but he is one bad play from not ever walking correctly. I wish him well. As for Winslow & Brisco na na na, na na na, good bye!

Scott

Scott (July 29, 2012 at 10:33am:

Buford? Hell, I’m in Kennesaw, I might as well be in a different state. The Twisted Kilt is usually pretty good about having a shitload of TVs and putting on the game you want close to you.

RustyRhino

RustyRhino (July 29, 2012 at 02:47pm:

Wondering if Miller Ale house is worth the ride over to watch the game. There is a ATL big fan group there so I have heard, not yet been to. Any idea?

RustyRhino

RustyRhino (July 29, 2012 at 02:48pm:

Buc fan group…

Mark S

Mark S (July 30, 2012 at 11:02am:

Aside from missing some OTA’s the other thing Briscoe and Price have in common is they both failed the conditioning test. Wright got injured while doing it. It is suspected that scar tissue released while he was running. So, I am not sure that counts as being out of shape. There was no reason given for Briscoe failing the conditioning test. In my opinion it is a different thing all together for a Defensive Tackle to fail conditioning runs versus a Wide Receiver. I honestly cannot understand how a WR, who gets paid to run and run fast, can fail conditioning runs. Briscoe also had a reputation for not practicing hard. I think the lack of conditioning and not showing up in practice is what got him cut. I think Price and his injuries were becoming a distraction. Schiano needed to get a starting line up in place to develop team chemistry. That said, I am not sure I agree with the trade of Price.

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