Healthy Bucs

June 14th, 2016
On the sideines today.

Playing it safe.

The worst thing that can happen for and to a player is getting injured in an underwear football practice, much less a real football practice.

Thus far, the Bucs have not been bitten by the injury bug, and head coach Dirk Koetter says all players on the roster will be to answer the bell come July 28, the start of training camp practice.

“We don’t have one guy – knock on wood – we don’t have one guy on our team that won’t be ready to go when we come back to camp,” Koetter said. “Of course, we’re going to be very cautious with guys this time of year. It makes no sense – one week left until we take a little break – it makes no sense to hurt guys, with guys that are feeling a little twinge here or there. It makes no sense to push them.”

Also, Koetter is taking it easy on veterans who have been dinged up in the past. Wide receiver Louis Murphy is not ready to practice following November ACL surgery, and Koetter had Vincent Jackson on floppy hat patrol today.

Koetter is right. If someone is borderline hurt, then what’s the point of making it worse having him run through underwear football practices? Keep the guys healthy for training camp in six weeks.

10 Responses to “Healthy Bucs”

  1. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The Bucs have a lot of faith in the ( injured) VJAX and Louis Murphy. I hope it don’t come back to bite them.

  2. Kevin Says:

    I predict 16 games for vjax

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is the time of year that no news is good news……news of a player now is either an injury or off-field bad act.

  4. Joe Says:

    Louis Murphy.

    He’s a bit more of a question than VJax. Koetter is taking a page from Chucky and older guys are getting more breaks. Not a whole lot of guys Murphy’s age come back 100 percent the first year after the kind of surgery he had. Hope so, but that’s not a sure thing.

  5. cmurda Says:

    Meh, even if Louis Murphy ends up not being back to his normal self, we can always make that call to Rowdy Roddy White or we can see who wins the battle between Bell, Humphreys, and Dye. I’m hoping for Bell to emerge but we haven’t seen it yet in even preseason games, so we have to hurry up and wait.

  6. William Walls Says:

    Some rookies show zip in their first off-season, but go on to make a better showing in their second year. I don’t think that’s an unrealistic expectation for Bell.

  7. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I respect giving the old guys like vjax a break. But i would also love to see him getting as many reps as possible with Winston. Sure they already have chemistry, but it takes longer than 1 yr to know the ins and outs of each others game.

  8. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    V Jax is one of the main keys to this offense reaching it’s potential, we all seen what happen last year when he went down. Evans failed to step up and become “the man” for the most part, and then u have to put guys like Humphries and Dye on the field. Ugh. Makes me cringe every time. More Dye than anything. But with Bell and often injured Murphy coming back, it makes me feel a little better. Not to mention guys like Andre Davis, Evan Spencer and “speedy Reedy.” (just made that up) WHo I hope wins the KR/PR job. PLZ give my man Andre Davis his shot Koetter!! The man can ball!! Can’t wait till preason for his “time to shine.”

    GET EM BUCS!!!

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    Dont sleep on Freddie Martino

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think part of the reason players are healthier is the morning practices instead of in the intense heat.