Lovie Is Done EvaluatingAugust 21st, 2014
Guys who may have flashed in practice might want to show up in the second half Saturday. Unless something unexpected happens, Bucs coach Lovie Smith’s already has a good idea of his top-75.
“The evaluation process for most of the players has been done,” Lovie said. “This week, the group that plays is telling you an awful lot. Telling our guys, telling our team what we think up until this point. But we haven’t had extended play. We’ll play into the third quarter with our starters this week. But … most of [the evaluating process] has been done, but every year, there are some positions in the latter part of our roster that will be decided by some of the play this week and of course next week also.”
Joe found it interesting that two names Lovie mentioned who are, by no fault of their own, in too close of a relationship with Bucs trainers and it would behoove them to get on the practice field.
One name is our old friend Da’Quan Bowers.
“I think every day you don’t practice you’re hurting your chances [on making the team] and we’ve seen enough to like Da’Quan a lot, but the old reps that he’s not getting, someone else is getting them,” Lovie said. “The best way to beat your competition sometimes it’s just to stay on the field. You can’t get Walley Pipped. Da’Quan is trying to get back and again I think he has a future in the league whether it be as a defensive end outside or a more of a third down rush-guy inside.”
Cornerback Rashaan Melvin is also a member of the club.
“He’s shown us enough to like him a lot, good size,” Lovie said of Melvin. “If you see a cornerback on our roster, when we come out with our final roster of cornerbacks, if a guy won’t tackle and he’s not a tough football player he’s not staying. ‘Cover corners,’ that’s an insult, that’s a bad name. I wouldn’t say that about him, I would say that he’s a tough guy, he will tackle, he’s got good size, but again there’s a lot of guys like that on the sideline. He has to figure out a way to stay on the field and right now he’s losing that battle.”
Is this just tough love by Lovie or a public kick in the rear, or just the harsh truth of what is about to happen? Or is it all of the aforementioned? Joe was starting to have hope for Bowers after he blew up in one series (hey, with Bowers, one series of domination is big) but then he pulls his groin and it’s the same ol’, same ol’ for Bowers.
Melvin might be in worse shape as far as job security. People who watch him practice love him but Melvin is always dinged. That’s not his fault. But Melvin has never stepped on an NFL field in the regular season. He missed all of last year with a hamstring injury and has been slowed by an ankle injury this summer. Yesterday in the locker room, he was wearing a boot.
Melvin was an undrafted rookie free agent. The Bucs have little cash invested in him. Therefore, the Bucs have little to lose if he doesn’t make the final-53.
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