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Did You Know Tiquan Underwood Has Unusual Hair?

October 24, 2012 at 07:38pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

Why, no, I've never heard that House Party joke.
The good news about having a Thursday night game is that there’s not a lot of time between Sunday and Thursday. The bad news is that nothing happens in the days leading up to it that’s worth writing about. I mean, this pop piece about Tiquan Underwood is the only thing that’s even the least bit interesting. Go ahead and guess if they ask him about his hair.

Let’s get this out of the way. You know I have to ask about the hair. How long have you been growing the high-top?

If I were Tiquan, I’d answer every question about my hair with “your mother”. Especially yes or no questions.

I wouldn’t say there’s been one that was really out there, but there is one (comment) that is the most common: How do I get my helmet on? People always ask me that.

Because people, for the most part, are dumb as shit.

Oh, and the iPod question always comes up.

I have this old school playlist on my iPod. And I listen to a lot of artists who were big when I was growing up: 2Pac, (Notorious B.I.G.), Jay-Z, who actually is still doing it. I just like that ’90s era of music. Things were good then. They were speaking about real life and real things.

So this is what it has come to? Jay-Z is old school. Gotcha. I’ll just take my King of Rock cassette and be on my way.

But Tiquan sounds like a genuinely nice guy. He’s got a good attitude about his role on the team, his unfortunate dismissal by New England the day before the Super Bowl, and his aspirations. And to be honest, I think he’s got a higher ceiling than Preston Parker and was the smart choice if the Bucs could only keep one.

Parker Out, Underwood In

September 20, 2012 at 12:33pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

They should make a special helmet just for him that doesn't crush the hair.
The Bucs just announced that they have re-signed Tiquan Underwood and released Preston Parker.

This is the way I thought it would shake out in week one. Underwood started camp and the preseason off hot but then his performance tapered off down the stretch. Parker did enough to convince Greg Schiano that he was the man to keep at the time, but it seems pretty evident that Underwood has more raw talent. And Parker fumbles. I thought he’d be gone after the muffed punt against the Dolphins in the preseason, but that was forgiven. He has touched the ball exactly once this season on an end-around against the Giants that went for seven yards. And that evidently wasn’t getting it done.

But more than anything, they now have some respectable hair on the team.

Underwood Knows What Makes Champions

August 17, 2012 at 12:05pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

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The title of Roy Cummings‘s article is “Is Tiquan Underwood ‘hair’ to stay? Signs look good“, which is just awful. Like, really bad. I assume his article next week will involve “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?” somehow. But the fact that he at least recognizes the importance of Championship Hair by putting it in his headline is encouraging.

Piled high beneath Underwood’s helmet is a retro 1980s hi-top fade, about 4 inches worth, that looks a lot like the ‘do Will Smith had during the early episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

No, Will Smith grew it kind of tall in Fresh Prince, but it was tight and well-groomed. Good for the camera, but not for winning trophies. Look at that picture up there (after you click it back to the football-related one). Underwood is keeping it maintained while still getting it go free — a tough line to walk, but he cares enough to take the time to do it. That’s why he’s going to make the team. Greg Schiano preaches details and Underwood gets the message. If he could just get that through the Josh Freeman and talk him out of that wedge atrocity he’s got going, they might win some games this year.

Oh, and I guess the rest of the article is worth reading, too. It talks about Underwood’s past with New England and how he has bought into the Schiano system again. Underwood is making the team even though he’s still listed as a third-stringer. I would bet Arrelious Benn is cut before Underwood.

Bucs Win First Game Since Last October

August 13, 2012 at 11:56am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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I finally got a chance to see the Miami preseason game last night since NFL Network insisted on waiting until yesterday morning at 7:00AM to air it for the first time. Add to that the fact that every single write-up about this game focused on the Dolphins with barely any analysis of Tampa Bay and my theory that there is an anti-Buccaneer conspiracy within the NFL starts to make sense. Someone call Jesse Ventura and tell him to get on this.

* Josh Freeman looked pretty sharp, but Dan Orlovsky was on fire. Every pass was on target and his 100% completion rate showed it. He’s really one of the only guys I have to make fun of this season, so if he keeps doing well this preseason, it’s going to really screw me over.

* Greg Schiano and Mike Sullivan were making a point with his play calling. This is a running team and they run when they feel like it. The Bucs ran the ball 34 times and passed it 24. They only got 2.5 yards per carry, but a lot of that had to do with the poor run blocking in the second half. Michael Smith had nowhere to go. But when the starters were in (sans Donald Penn), LeGarrette Blount looked great. One time he was even split out at receiver. Some backups came in and Doug Martin also looked good with a sweet ten yard run showing off his balance.

* Speaking of Michael Smith, his kickoff return for 74 yards was a great display of vision and body control, but I thought he was supposed to be the fastest guy on the field. He got chased down from behind. Here’s a tip: If your greatest asset is your speed, you are not allowed to get chased down from behind.

* Luke Stocker‘s one catch was super sweet and was a great example of the kind of play he can make when they need him to. Between two defenders and behind him, Stocker still snagged it. Go Vols.

* Tiquan Underwood caught all three passes thrown his way, including one that never should have been thrown. The Miami safety should have had that pick, but Underwood kept his eyes on the ball and came down with it when everything shook out. Awesome concentration and hands.

* In the middle of my typing this review, the Bucs defense was called for another offsides penalty. Schiano isn’t going to stand for penalties, especially bullshit ones that are totally avoidable like offsides. Some dudes are going to be running gassers today so they can remember to wait until the ball is snapped.

* Another avoidable penalty: Preston Parker‘s personal foul. It was a scrap with a Dolphins player and might have been overlooked if he hadn’t muffed that punt. Stars can get into fights and get flagged and get away with it. Guys who drop footballs can’t.

* I think the Bucs had more big plays during this game than they did in the last ten games last season.

* Lavonte David is fast. Did you see him make that tackle on punt coverage? He got down there before the ball did.

* Adrian Clayborn is so fast off the ball. He didn’t post any stats in the game, but he’s going to be tough to block this season.

* Myron Lewis started the game but looked hesitant and lost. I’ve heard good things about him in camp, but he was invisible during the game. I’m guessing this is his last chance with the Bucs and he may not survive the cut to 53. But at least he’ll have one more chance with the Redskins when Raheem Morris convinces them to pick him up.

* But Anthony Gaitor looked great. Passes broken up, solid tackling, tight coverage. It’s not even a contest right now if the decision is between Lewis and Gaitor.

* Mason Foster had three tackles and played for less than a quarter. There is a new dedication to stopping the run and it looks like Foster is going to be leading that charge.

I thought it was an impressive showing and a great indication of the direction the Bucs are headed. Your impressions in the comments.

Depth Chart Released

August 07, 2012 at 03:07pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Blount will be fine as long as he has someone to jump over.
The Bucs released their first depth chart today, and it’s pretty much what everyone thought it would be, with a couple exceptions.

LeGarrette Blount is listed ahead of Doug Martin at tailback despite all the reports that Martin is the presumed starter for the season. Blount has reportedly been performing well this camp and has had an excellent work ethic, but Martin is also impressing and has a wider skill set. I’d still expect Martin to take the first snap of the first regular season game, but maybe the reps will be split more evenly than originally thought.

Tiquan Underwood is still listed behind Arrelious Benn even though Underwood has been the surprise of camp so far.

Amobi Okoye is listed as a backup to Gerald McCoy and not at nose tackle, which is incredibly smart. Okoye isn’t a nose. I didn’t Brian Price was a nose, either, and that’s why I was worried the Bucs would try to shove him in there where he doesn’t fit. Kind of like when I was in Bangkok and… you know what? I’ve said too much already.

REAR ENTRIES: Back In Pads

July 30, 2012 at 10:45am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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MARTIN IN THE LEAD: According to the Times, who had more hedges in their statement than field at Sanford Stadium, Doug Martin is in the lead for the role of starting running back. Martin is taking starting reps in practice and gets more of them than LeGarrette Blount. All of this should surprise absolutely no one. When you trade up into the first round for a new toy, you want to play with it right away.

FUMBLE!: Sunday was the team’s first day practicing in pads, so there was going to be some hitting going on. During one of the team drills, Mossis Madu fumbled the ball. And if it’s one thing Greg Schiano won’t tolerate, it’s fumbling. And everything else he doesn’t like.

“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.”

Madu’s head has been stuffed and mounted in the team cafeteria as a reminder to the rest of the players to hold on to the football.

JACKSON GETTING HIGH MARKS: The guys at Pewter Report are good at spotting the little details at camp that most of the other publications miss. In one of their camp articles, they gave the most effusive praise to Vincent Jackson that I’ve seen in a long time.

There’s nothing Jackson does not do well. From route running to catching to blocking – Jackson is heads and shoulders above the rest of the receiving corps.

His work ethic is just as impressive as his playing ability.

In blocking drills, Jackson was impeccable;

Not bad. But Jackson is going to have a lot of attention on him this season, so the other receivers really have to figure out how to get separation and take and take advantage of all the coverage flowing to Jackson. PR says Mike Williams isn’t looking so hot yet and, of course, Arrelious Benn is out for a while. But, as everyone has been doing this offseason, they give high marks to Tiquan Underwood. If things continue this way, do not be surprised to see Underwood overtake Williams for the #2 receiver slot. Schaino will not hesitate to reward consistency with playing time. Being from Rutgers doesn’t hurt Underwood’s chances, either.

REAR ENTRIES: NIT Hair?

June 28, 2012 at 10:42am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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BUCS WANT SELL-OUT OPENER: The Bucs are pulling out all the stops to get fans to buy tickets for the regular season opener. Well, maybe not all the stops or else beer would be free and the halftime show would involve strippers and Jell-O. But this is still a pretty good attempt.

Fans attending the game will be treated to a commemorative Ronde Barber gym sack, while also receiving 50% off all concessions (excluding alcohol) in both General and Club levels, and being offered free parking in select lots.

It’s a gym BAG. I have never heard it called a gym SACK in my life and now that I have I don’t like the sound of it. The free parking is a great enticement because that’s usually the first thing out of people’s mouths when they start adding up the cost of a game. The game will be used to commemorate Barber’s 200th consecutive start, so let’s all hope he doesn’t tear an ACL in camp and blow this whole idea out of the water.

THE KID CAN PLAY: Pewter Report has a good article on Tiquan Underwood and his struggle to make the team. He seems to think he’s in a pretty large pool of equal receivers.

“It brings about competition. Once you get past V-Jax (Vincent Jackson), it’s just a bunch of younger guys trying to make a name for themselves in this league.”

I’m going to say Mike Williams feels pretty good about his chances, too. But I do think Arrelious Benn may get overshadowed by some of the younger (can you believe Benn is older than some of them?) receivers.

I’m still trying to figure out if Underwood’s hair is championship material or not. I dig the retro look, but the hair needed to have been cool at some point in history to give it credibility. This would be like a white guy showing up with a Flock of Seagulls haircut. Yes it’s retro and bold, but still…

CAPTAIN FEAR NEEDS A BIGGER PADDLE: So I hear you guys had some rain recently? I’ll see your hurricane and raise you 106 degree heat. Someone go apologize to Al Gore and beg him to tell us how to end this shit. But nothing that involves me giving up my spotted owl egg omelets. God, those are awesome.

Anyway, someone caught Captain Fear doing his Marcel Marceau bit during the storm last week. Pretty funny. But get all that stuff cleaned up by next week because that when I get there and I don’t need a bunch of debris and washed-up syringes messing up my visit.

REAR ENTRIES: Everyday I’m Shuffling

May 08, 2012 at 11:04am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

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LET THE SIGNINGS BEGIN: The Bucs signed their two seventh-round picks yesterday, RB Michael Smith and TE Drake Dunsmore. Details of the contracts weren’t revealed, so I guess they only do that when they’re showing off.

The 6-3, 235-pound Dunsmore played a position called “superback” in Northwestern’s prolific offense in 2011 and scouts believe he could line up anywhere from tight end to fullback to H-back.

Seriously, “Superback”? And remember Cody Grimm was the “Deathbacker“. Do they do that in other industries, too? Does the best dishwasher get called the Dishcrusher or the Soap Soldier or something?

BUCS SIGN JILTED PATRIOT: The Bucs picked up Tiquan Underwood yesterday, the former New England Patriot who was cut the day before the Super Bowl.

Underwood was released by the Patriots in February, on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, so the team could promote defensive tackle Alex Silvestro from the practice squad. He re-signed three days later but was cut again May 3 so the Pats could sign former Florida receiver Jabar Gaffney.

Even John McCargo thinks this guy got fucked.

The addition of Underwood puts the total number of former Rutgers players on the roster at seven. There has been some bitching that Greg Schiano is playing favorites with his former guys, but he knows these players and what they’re capable of. He’s not going to jeopardize winning just to give a couple guys who used to play for him a temporary paycheck. Schiano has made it clear that no one is going to be given preferential treatment and that he will do what’s best for the Bucs, so he needs to be given the benefit of the doubt at this point.

ROSTER CHANGES: The bugs did a lot of roster shuffling over the last couple days. Here’s most of it:

Here is the list of tryout players signed from the rookie minicamp:

Wagner DE Quintin Anderson
Ball State S Sean Baker
Arkansas RB De’Anthony Curtis
Iowa P Eric Guthrie
Nebraska T Jermarcus Hardrick
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson
Henderson State FB Antonio Leak
North Carolina DT Jordan Nix
Toledo TE Danny Noble
Connecticut C Moe Petrus
Portland State DT Myles Wade

The players released include:

WR Luther Ambrose
LB Ryan Baker
LB Mike Balogun
QB Zach Collaros
S Ron Girault Rugters
C Chaz Hine
DT Donte’e Nicholls
T Trevor Olson
G Chris Riley
K Jake Rogers
CB Quenton Washington
T Rocky Weaver

De’Anthony Curtis and Jordan Nix are both interesting prospects. All the others I’m pretty sure are made up names.