Traveling Without The LeaderAugust 12th, 2013
While Joe will allow that he could be reading too far between the lines on this, Joe was surprised to learn today that Davin Joseph is not making the trip with the Bucs to New England, where they’ll practice with the Patriots tomorrow and Wednesday, and then play a preseason game on Friday.
Greg Schiano said Joseph will stay behind in Tampa for “strengthening,” presumably of his surgically-repaired knee. What, they don’t have weight rooms and trainers in New England? Surely the Bucs will have medical and conditioning staff with them.
Schiano also said a key part of the New England trip is about building “chemistry.” And since Schiano has stated numerous times that Joseph is a high-ranking leader of the Buccaneers, Joe finds it a little odd that Joseph, one of last year’s captains, isn’t traveling with the club on a bonding getaway.
Is it a red flag on Joseph’s health? Joe sure hopes not, but it’s hard to imagine otherwise. The other three Bucs studs coming off major injuries and surgery, Carl Nicks, Darrelle Revis and Adrian Clayborn, are all heading north.