Buccaneers Training Camp: Everyone passes conditioning test, no significant injuries

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training camp started today with a conditioning test and some injury updates.

Injury Update

  • Michael Koenen cut his toe chasing his son on the beach. Schiano said he should be fine in a couple of days. I wouldn't be too worried.
  • Carl Nicks still had his toe bandaged up, but both he and Davin Joseph will participate in training camp on a limited basis, mixing rehab and cardio with on-field work. Schiano noted Nicks was able to do everything despite the bandages.
  • Darrelle Revis was cleared by doctors yesterday and he will participate in training camp, though he wont do everything.
  • The Bucs haven't decided yet how much every injured player is going to play in the preseason. That will depend on the progress of each individual player.
  • Luke Stocker has a small calf injury and may not be full go once training camp starts.

The Conditioning Test

16 110-yard sprints led to some cuts and changes on the roster last year, including reportedly the trade of Brian Price and the release of Dezmon Briscoe. This year, though, things were different. Everyone passed! Everyone!

Press Conference Notes

  • The Buccaneers are relying on Da'Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn to play big roles this season. Schiano noted that Bowers was a situational rusher last year, but he'll have to be a situational rusher and an early down player this year.
  • Gerald McCoy is "on a mission". We've heard repeatedly this offseason that Gerald McCoy is going hard and lifting up the level of work of the entire defense.
  • Mark Dominik pointed Hillis out to Schiano last year, and they finally got him this year. Schiano referenced competition when talking about Hillis.
  • Schiano pointed out that most teams in the NFL lack depth at some positions. Developing your own, young players is key, he noted.
  • When asked about filling the hole at cornerback, Schiano mentioned Johnthan Banks, Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer.

Position battles

Schiano thinks named a number of position battles he thought would be interesting. I added a quick overview of my thoughts.

Nose tackle -- this should be rookie Akeem Spence versus Gary Gibson.

Tight end -- Luke Stocker versus Tom Crabtree is the main attraction.

Backup running back -- Mike James, Michael Smith, Brian Leonard, Peyton Hillis -- lots of options, here.

Third receiver -- Kevin Ogletree going up against Tiquan Underwood

Cornerback -- Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks are the main attractions, but Danny Gorrer got a shoutout from Schiano, too.

Backup safety -- Ahmad Black and Keith Tandy should lead the way, but Cody Grimm and even Sean Baker may have a shot

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