Last Buccaneer Missing?

May 30th, 2018

Not every spring practice session is open to media, but the Buccaneers do provide photos of practice to fans via various platforms.

Attendance is not mandatory at these practices, per league rules. However, skipping multiple spring practices usually means a player believes he has something better to do.

And that’s often a big ol’ red flag.

To the best of Joe’s knowledge, and per photos provided by the Buccaneers, newcomer stud defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hasn’t shown up yet after reporting to work with teammates in mid-April.

He appears to be the last missing Buccaneer. Cornerback Brent Grimes was seen in practice pictures from yesterday’s session, including him performing what appears to be a handstand.

Joe had no issue with Grimes’ absences. He turns 35 soon and knows Mike Smith’s defense inside and out. Pierre-Paul, 29, is a different story. He doesn’t know Smith’s defense or Brentson Buckner, or his teammates.

Yes, without question, Pierre-Paul can have a fantastic season without showing up until training camp. But Joe’s not going to ignore JPP passing on practice. He was often there during his New York Giants tenure. Right now, it’s a little disheartening.

Joe sure hopes JPP is healthy and/or isn’t having any family-related concerns.

52 Responses to “Last Buccaneer Missing?”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    We sure love some lazy defensive lineman

  2. Lamarcus Says:

    And ” whoever comes to Tampa will surely decline” mantra lives on!!!

  3. Bradentonbuc Says:

    Don’t like it either Joe. It’s extremely telling to see D-Jax there and no JPP when we saw what lack of chemistry can do. It’s a teamsport but these nfl players act like they are transcdent physical gods and can just plug and play.

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    He is busy installing that tile….

  5. BushidoEvans Says:

    @Bradentonbuc and @Lamarcus I don’t like that he’s not there either, however your comments are very suggestive. I’d bet some money that he’s not laying around somewhere, I’d like to believe he’s getting work in somewhere else kinda like DJax does his speed training away from the facility. If he is just sitting on his ass then that’s unacceptable, though I doubt that’s the case.

  6. BucEmUp Says:

    Perhaps he has taken the time to watch the bucs game tape from last season and realised showing up is pointless with the crap show defense he’s going to be stuck playing in.

  7. Bradentonbuc Says:

    @Bushido very valid point in that the players don’t just sit on their arse but what IS JPP doing. Not into social media so I don’t know much myself but at least we knew what d-Jax was doing

  8. Rich Says:

    Considering that he didn’t know he would be traded and expected to be in New York this time of year, it’s possible he had some other commitments that would have allowed him to attend OTAs with the Giants, but not in Tampa. I’m hoping it’s simply due to prior commitments that he can’t be in the area and he would be if he could. I have no idea – just trying some optimism. With all of the new DL players and new coach, it would be nice if he could be there.

  9. Turn Off the Licht Says:

    Swaggy Baker 2.0?

  10. TX Stick Carrier Says:

    I hope he isn’t getting an early start on the 4th of July.

  11. superslacker Says:

    One would think that after being traded to a new team, your first priority would be to get in there and build some chemistry with your new teammates. I mean, that’s what a good teammate does, right? I’m not that excited about JPP now that he’s shown us what his attitude towards the team is. Probably gonna be a bust of a trade. Too bad. A healthy and motivated JPP could’ve made a difference. He may be healthy, but the motivation appears lacking.

  12. Trench War Says:

    Well considering the fact that JPP is from the Bay area I presume this will probably be his last hurrah. He’s settling in for life after football. Like someone said earlier he’s probably selecting his floor tile, and putting finishing touches on his new homestead before he reports to training camp. As much as Joe seems to be worrying, I’m positive JPP has the team’s blessings for his absence.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hope JPP blows up with us….Oops, did I just say that?

  14. Not there yet Says:

    Not a big deal now but if he doesn’t show up early in games during the regular season them we have every right to call him out as fans

  15. superslacker Says:

    We have a right to call it out NOW. One guy out of the whole team has chosen to big-time it. I mean, even D-Jax has made appearances. It’s just not what you’re hoping for or expecting when you trade a pick for a player. He’s got the 5-star disease.

  16. mike10 Says:

    Any idea what his typical offseason looked like when he was with the NYG? Was he usually with the team or did he have his own workouts?

  17. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I understand he wants to spend time with his son, He lives here, bring your son to OTA’s.

  18. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Hopefully doesn’t mean anything but it’d be encouraging to know he’s putting the work in given his lucrative deal this year…

    I can’t find anything online of his whereabouts

  19. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Watching NFL live, why would a Falcons beat reporter be wearing a Titans jersey?

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah, I don’t like it and I think he should be here….and as joe pointed out, he didn’t do it in NYC…..I loved the signing but also paused because I wanted to know how motivated is he…..we’ll find out soon enough…..


  21. AlteredEgo Says:

    He’ll have a sack in the first game….check your worries at the gate Nancy Boys

  22. Nick Says:

    Not sure on this guy. Let’s hope it’s all nothing, but like Joe it doesn’t make anyone feel good.

  23. Tnoles Says:

    I’m not that concerned yet….. If he’s a no show at mini camp in a couple of weeks then I’ll worry. It’s good to see Djax is still in town if he wasn’t here I would be more concerned than JPP being a no show at this point in the off season.

  24. 813bucboi Says:

    how long does it take to select tile?…….and if he’s that worried about some damn tile that he cant attend practicing with his new team mates and coaches then we need to run him out of town asap!!!!!!!

    we have been losers for too long….we have the talent its time to win….everyone’s focus should be on winning each time they step on the filed…..


  25. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Jason Pierre-Swaggy-Haynes-Paul?

  26. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It’s a long off season guys. If we’re going to get this torqued off over a “nothingburger” imagine how we’re going to feel by opening day.

    I like this team. I getting ready to go into Alfred E. Neuman mode..”What Me Worry?”

  27. Hodad Says:

    You can count the practices he’s missed on one hand!! Seriously, there’s a reason the G Men let him go. Probably would’ve been cut due to salary, and we’d still have our third rounder. That’s what happens when you get desperate like Licht is.

  28. rrsrq Says:

    Let Noah Spence get the work in

  29. Larrywoods3 Says:

    Man some of y’all love to over react and have the sky fall for anything huh

  30. webster Says:

    @ hodad

    How in the he11 do you know he would have signed with the bucs if he was cut? You dont. You are one of the arm chair gms I see. You would be the first one bashing licht if someone else had traded their 3rd round pick for jpp and the bucs didnt. The bucs made sure they got their guy by making a trade for him. Crying over a third round pick when the bucs had three 2nd round picks and they picked an olineman in the THIRD ROUND makes you look extremely petty and is the very definition of arm chair gm

  31. Greg Says:

    Very few people seem to be happy when they traded to Tampa. Or a small-market team with a terrible track record of success. He’s he is leaving New York City where he has Super Bowl rings and legitimate pro bowl quarterback. Our quarterback still has growing up to do.

  32. Trench War Says:


    how long does it take to select tile?

    It’s a metaphor (insert insult).

  33. Bucsfanman Says:

    I think it’s a non-issue, provided he’s in shape and ready for training camp. It truly is the “funny” season in terms of football news. It’s all about “who didn’t show up for camp, blah, blah, blah. How does ‘player X’ fit into coach X scheme?….How do you feel about being ranked in the Top 100?…”
    As long as JPP shows up on game day and produces, I could care less about OTAs.
    Though, admittedly, I’d love to hear about him practicing with his teammates.

  34. old time buc Says:

    I think that by now real Buc fans would let him come in and do his thing. He knows his body better than anyone commenting on here. Sure are quick with the hateful type comments.

  35. BushidoEvans Says:

    @Not there yet, I couldn’t agree more.

  36. Not there yet Says:

    This is why fans will forever be ignored like media should…..but yea sure go ahead and think anyone will pay attention to thelowly fam for calling out a player like jpp for not showing at voluntary ota’s.

    Should he be here probably but does he have to be nope. Is there any money on the line nope. Stayin ya Lane and let that man be. Everyoneon the d line needs to get on his level

  37. BushidoEvans Says:

    @Braden I get what you’re saying trust me, just gotta wait and see Im sure the Tampa media will ask him the first chance they get lolp

  38. Roadwarrior Says:

    WOW JPP just went from savior to piece of sheet in an instant.
    I love this site sometimes.

  39. Lucious Selmon Says:

    I hope he is with his tailor picking out new fabric. That suit he wore to his intro was horrible. Looks like it was created from some old ratty sweat suits.

  40. Jeffbuc Says:

    Maybe he is staying away because he was so motivated from being traded. That he is working his butt getting in peak physical condition. Then he is going to show up to training camp all jacked up looking like a man beast. Then joe will write a couple stories about how impressiv and unblockable he was. And most of the naysayers above will change there tune to. I loved the trade best free agent pick up in Licht era. He is going to get 20 sacks. I knew he would be great what a steal for a 3rd round pick. This is the biggest bunch of fare weather complaining nitpicking people I have ever seen in my life. You can’t make this stuff up. And I can pretty much in my head know what every post will be before I read them from each person.

  41. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Hey…Roy T.,keep my name out your mouth!!!! go Bucs

  42. stu Says:

    Hope everything is okay.

    If so, what a great way to endear yourself to your new teammates…SMH

  43. BFFL Says:

    Just keep him away from fireworks

  44. __TGH__ Says:

    Hope he wants to play in Tampa. Doesn’t matter what he said during a press conference, he didn’t have a choice to be traded.

    He’s got his Pro Bowls, his Super Bowl, and A LOT of money. He turned down a big offer from Arizona to stay in NY.

    Actions speak louder than words, right now it looks like he’s just going to cash his check and head home.

    Lets hope thats not the case.

  45. Destinjohnny Says:

    Sapp would call him out

  46. Howard Cosell Says:

    Albert “Swaggy” Nicks Haynesworth (aka: “Ghost”) – The prototypical Buccaneer man!

    It’s only Tampa! Lets partay! Whoo!

  47. Gruden4President Says:

    Ok everybody calm down. JPP has never been lazy or unprepared.

  48. Swanee Walker Says:

    Perhaps he is looking for his finger.

  49. James Walker Says:

    Perhaps he is having July 4th PTSD.

  50. Ptwalk Says:

    I wonder how many off you guys would show up to work if it was voluntary.

  51. m0j0 Says:

    Pierre-Paul is known for his work ethic and energy, so I don’t think he will have any problems with fitting in come training camp.

    He will bring something we haven’t had in a long time, a legitimate pash rushing DE…

  52. RJBucnut Says:

    I gotta say and I hope I’m wrong but he gives off the vibe that he was disappointed in the trade and really doesn’t want to be here.