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Buccaneers Training Camp: Day Eight Recap

Everything you need to know about today's Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp practice.

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  • Johnthan Banks and Aaron Morgan were doing conditioning work with the injured players, per Rick Brown. According to Roy Cummings Banks suffered a slight hamstring strain.
  • Adrian Clayborn, Derek Landri, Gary Gibson, Aaron Morgan and Ernest Owusu were all on the stationary bikes, per Roy Cummings. Sudden injury rash on the defensive line, but it should give a couple of young guys some more practice snaps.
  • Danny Gorrer and Tiquan Underwood were pedaling their way to nowhere, too, per Cummings. Rashaan Melvin and Chris Owusu are taking advantage of those absences.
  • Darrelle Revis had the day off, it seems. Cummings didn't see him anywhere, at least. That's probably part of his rehab schedule.
  • Mike Williams headed off the field holding his lower back, per Tom Krasniqi. We'll let you know if it's serious when we get more information, though it's probably safe to assume it's nothing much.

Position Battles

  • Rashaan Melvin had another day with lots of first- and second-team action. He's quickly climbing up the depth chart.
  • Gabe Carimi was getting some snaps at right tackle while Demar Dotson moved to left tackle, per Tom Krasniqi. That's probably the backup plan if something were to happen to Donald Penn.
  • Mike James was once again getting snaps as the second-team running back, according to Pewter Report. It's still early, but he seems to have a better chance than Brian Leonard or Peyton Hillis.
  • Ted Larsen and Cody Wallace are getting some first-team work with Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph out, according to the Bucs' twitter feed.. It seems Jamon Meredith has fallen down the depth chart.

Practice Notes

  • The team was in helmets, pads and shorts today (AKA shells), per Rick Brown, rather than being in full pads.
  • Josh Freeman had another outstanding and accurate practice, according to JoeBucsFan. Is it a turning point or just temporary?
  • The defense won a red zone passing drill, mostly because Bucs receivers dropped a lot of passes, according to Kevin O'Donnell.
  • Da'Quan Bowers may have taken that criticism to heart. Roy Cummings notes he had three outstanding rushes in a row in the two-minute drill.
  • Defense dominated offense in both two-minute drills, according to Cummings.

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