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King Goes To Bucs Camp (Nom Nom)

August 10, 2012 at 12:22am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

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Peter King is making his way around the country this offseason, visiting various team camps, and eating things.

In the Bucs’ cafeteria, the PR staff put Team SI (We’re on the SI-EvoShield Training Camp Trip, with a party of five) in a side room so we could grill Josh Freeman. And grill a turkey burger. I had the grilled turkey burger on a wheat roll with raw onion, lettuce and tomato (B-plus), along with a mixed salad with balsamic (C; the lettuce was a tad on the other side of ripe), and a bottle of fruit punch G2. Grade: B. Freeman rather enjoyed his healthy meal, led by turkey, lettuce and tomato on whole-wheat bread, with red beans and rice.

Of course King’s biggest complaint is about the only green item on his plate. He’s just pissed because he couldn’t drown in it a quart of ranch dressing since the menus at NFL training camps are healthy and scone-free. And this comes after bitching about the oatmeal a couple years ago. Someone give him a flask for Christmas so he can keep some drawn butter in it and leave these team chefs the fuck alone.

Oh, and King had a couple opinions about Bucs football, too.

3. I’m not too optimistic about Da’Quan Bowers playing football after his May Achilles tear. He’s on the PUP list, and the Bucs say they’re cautiously confident he can play sometime this year. But really — how likely, or smart, is it that a speed-rush player would be ready to play football six or seven months after Achilles surgery? Looks like Adrian Clayborn will get more attention than the Bucs had hoped from offensive protections, because there’s no other pass rusher in-house who will scare foes.

Keep an eye on Michael Bennett. He’s going to start at left end and he’s going to make some offensive coordinators take notice.

The pass rush and secondary will be vital to keeping the Bucs in games this year, because I don’t know how many shootouts they’re going to win.

Remember that, folks. Eight of the eleven players on the defense will be vital this year. You can’t get analysis like that just anywhere.

8 Comments to “King Goes To Bucs Camp (Nom Nom)”

worker b

worker b (August 10, 2012 at 08:17am:

I’ve been told to watch out for Michael Bennett for the last three years now, but I haven’t seen much yet. Do pass rushers typically take three years to “flash”?

That said, King seems to be forgetting Gerald McCoy, who will make noise as a pass rusher if he remains healthy.

jampersands

jampersands (August 10, 2012 at 11:28am:

I actually have heard it takes pass rushers a couple years to “flash”–like receivers. Everyone always mentions Sapp in this category, as even he took a couple years to figure out NFL offensive linemen.

At the same time, I thought Michael Bennett has been doing a relatively good job these past couple years. Wasn’t he the best pass rusher on our team other than Claiborne? For a guy who went undrafted, he seems to be doing pretty good.

Mark S

Mark S (August 10, 2012 at 12:19pm:

I like Bennett. That said, the pass rush is, reading between the lines of posts, going to be different this year. I look to see Dekoda Watson as a DE in passing situations. He has a knack for rushing the passer and it would allow us to move Bennett to tackle or bring in Okoye in passing situations. Watson would not be the first LB to transition to a pash rushing DE. Whether he plays with his hand in the dirt or stands up, if he is in it will be to rush the QB.

Mark S

Mark S (August 11, 2012 at 09:32am:

Despite the story lines, despite the respectable start, despite the win, the story being reported in the national news is that David Garrard is injured. There is not one story on ESPN, SI or PFW about the Bucs performance and win last night. That is how important a preseason win is. That is why despite a solid effort we are not celebrating yet, but we are definitely thinking we might be later. The win gives me hope. Not because it is a win, but in how we won. We won with smash mouth football. We were physical and we did not let adversity give us an excuse to let up. Way to go Bucs.

manbearpig

manbearpig (August 11, 2012 at 09:45am:

Agreed. Looks like a completely different team. I love it so far.

campyone

campyone (August 11, 2012 at 10:08am:

@MarkS – Exactly. In the ESPN game story there are 18 paragraphs. The first 13 are devoted exclusively to the Dolphins. From reading the story you wouldn’t even know who the Dolphins played until you got to the 14th paragraph. If we had been playing the Giants, Packers,or another elite team I’d understand focusing entirely on the opposing team. But the crappy Dolphins?

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (August 11, 2012 at 12:20pm:

I don’t even waste my time with ESPN unless I’m watching an actual game on that shitty network. On a side note, even though it was a preseason game, I was still impressed with the victory. I saw a lot of strong, physical play on both sides of the ball, and it was refreshing to see that smash mouth style from this team.

LostInSeattle

LostInSeattle (August 12, 2012 at 09:29pm:

Somehow Peter King’s remora-like hold on Tom Brady’s jockstrap was released long enough for him to write partial paragraph about the Bucs?

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