Burn The Floppy HatAugust 18th, 2014
Bucs fans feeling the urgency of opening day in just 20 days – 20 days — will like the message from Lovie Smith today.
The head coach says he needs bodies on the field against Buffalo on Saturday otherwise the team will have a setback.
Lovie is especially hungry for the debut of Alterraun Verner, who has done little over the past three weeks and missed nearly all of training camp with a bad hamstring.
“If they’re going to play against Carolina, we need to see’em right now,” Lovie said about his roster.”And if they’re not out there, we’re in the hole a little bit. So for Alterraun Verner it’s important that he get out there and start, you know, playing our defense, seeing his role, you know, getting comfortable, just here. And that’s why we’re excited about him being on the football field. But not just him, we have some players, too, we need to get out there.”
Joe’s very excited to see Verner in action, even more so if Verner is lined up against former blade-in-the-thigh, mattress-in-the-yard Bucs receiver Mike Williams. There’s a lot of potential fun there.
The more that is seen of this Bucs defense, the more it’s clear the potential is there for it to dominate, not just be a top-10 unit, but really dominate and win games outright. A healthy Verner should be a big part of that puzzle. But as Joe’s written previously, Verner has said he also has a real learning curve after what he was — and wasn’t — asked to do with the Titans over the past four years.