Very Healthy Bucs (Minus 2)

October 12th, 2023

The bye week appears to have worked its magic.

Various banged up Buccaneers have make it through a full practice for consecutive days, including battered No. 2 cornerback Jamel Dean (neck/shoulder).

Only one player missed practice today, and that was Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett, who was listed out with an “illness.”

Mike Evans (hamstring) tested himself today and was “limited” in practice after sitting out on Wednesday.

That’s about as healthy as a team will ever be in mid-October.

23 Responses to “Very Healthy Bucs (Minus 2)”

  1. Lt. Dan Says:

    Dang – I’m playing hurt Sunday…bunions.

  2. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Great news! Even more interesting is the Lions look beat up. Sam Laporta suffered a calf injury and didn’t participate today. Soft tissue injuries late in the week could impact his availability to play Sunday.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Healthy, rested…..know we have a good team….need to be ready to play error free football….

  4. Todd Says:

    The media football know-it-alls are all signaling we’ll get our asses kicked.

    Love it. They are mostly always wrong.

    Cinderella has left Detroit.

  5. SlyPirate Says:

    Calijah Kancey!!! You cannot prepare for that kind of speed, especially without tape. I hope he just bursts on the scene.

  6. BillyBucco Says:

    I hope he splits the center and guard for a tackle for loss on Montgomery on the first play

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I just hope Kancey stays healthy

  8. adam from ny Says:

    this is starting to feel like a big big game…

    big luke might have to spit some glass in hutch’s grill…

    also i’ve always noticed if you can get goff to NOT settle in, he gets sloppy back there…sometimes dispaying happy feet too

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    I’d still like to see a LOT of Vea & Gaines on the field at the same time to keep their running game in-check. Four-man front with Gholston & Kancey would be an interesting combination, to also allow us to bring some pressure on Goff at the same time. Having our starters healthy is the big key though.

    As an aside, just read a very interesting SI piece dated 13 Sep 2023 titled ‘Lions Seeking Payback against Seahawks: ‘We Remember’. Seahawks & Lions played these past 3 years & Seahawks won all 3 (2020: 51-29 … 2021: 48-45 … 2023: 37-31). They apparently know how to put up points on the Lions.

    Most interesting quote in that recent article …

    “We expect a physical battle, and we’ll be physical, but we expect them to freaking load it up and just run it downhill. Give us every gap scheme you can imagine, they’ll run some of the zone, some of the RPO, but they’re going to run it, man,” said Campbell. “Knowing Coach (Pete) Carroll, he’s going to get back to his basics, his roots, and see if we can handle it.”

    In the 2021 & 2022 Lions’ losses to the Seahawks, that’s exactly what Pete Carroll did (ran it down their throats). But this year was different. Seahawks only ran it 25 times (for 82 yds). and passed it 41 times (for 328 yds). The difference in all 3 losses was the same though: Seattle won each game’s Turnover Battle (3-0, 2-1 & 3-0) and that proved to be the margin of victory.

  10. SOEbuc Says:


    I’m not saying Detroit is not a very good team, but media has been ranting and raving about how amazing they were against the Panthers lol. Everyone and their momma were picking KC in 2020 LV. I forgot how that turned out…

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    My guess is Evans will see limited action. We do have another receiver who has stepped considerably. I just hope we come out with fire. Detroit is not the old Lions we use to laugh at anymore. They are straight out balling. Bucs by 7.

  12. D Cone Says:

    adam from ny Says

    also i’ve always noticed if you can get goff to NOT settle in, he gets sloppy back there…sometimes dispaying happy feet

  13. Walter Says:

    Man, I hope this game is as intense as it looks like it’s going to be. I’m traveling from Texas to go see this one in Ray Jay, first live Bucs game in Tampa for me. Have to go see the Creamsicle’s in person.

  14. D Cone Says:

    Goff practiced against a pretty good Rams Defense for a few years. Aaron Donald isn’t Vita Vea but he’s still pretty good. He also played against probably one of the best Patriot Defenses on the Grand Stage and played well. Missed kick and a great defensive play by McCorty changed the outcome of that game.Not to mention beating two real good teams to just get to the SB.
    Doubt highly that the Bucs in Week 6 will give him Happy Feet. He’s Tested. Goff ran the McVey Offense and can get rid of the ball fast. He’s better than he was at Los Angeles and the Rams may have gotten a Ring but the Lions got the best of the Deal. Goff like Baker has a lot of Grit. Goff is definitely not a ‘Poor Man’s ‘ Matt Ryan as Fitzpatrick referred to him . Goff looked him right in the eye and told him so. Fitzmagic was both speechless and embarrassed. His quiet demeanor has him being underestimated but he is a Killer on the inside.

    Goff seems to have grabbed the National Spotlight. Hopefully Baker doesn’t press too hard in an attempt to get it turned back his way. Could be a Disaster.

    Gonna be nice to see the Bucs at pretty much Full Strength and a Weeks Rest.

    A Field Goal might decide the game but I think it will will be won or lost in the Red Zone.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    Keep Mike out. He’s had too many hamstring problems every year in his days. Sounds like he is no where near 100 percent.

  16. David Says:

    Need a healthy Shaq! The lions are really good because they win the battle on the line, on both sides of the ball. The Buccaneers need to bring it in the trenches.

  17. Mikadeemas Says:

    Walter! Super cool dude! Enjoy!! GO BUCS!!! Send Walter home a winner!

  18. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    This Bucs team is playing intense and appear to me to be jelling as a unit. I hope they can keep it going. Full steam ahead! Go bucs

  19. TURBO 808 Says:

    Joe’s what are your thoughts on trading for Derrick Henry or Danielle Hunter?

  20. unbelievable Says:

    Now they need to go out and crush some wins, so that we can give some keys guys a mini-bye by resting them in week 17

  21. garro Says:

    Optimistic Joe

    We have alot of names on that list still, and Lord knows how many more are not listed that have nicks.

    Go Bucs!

  22. BucU Says:

    Walter, hope it’s a big W for the good guys Sunday!
    Enjoy the game bud!

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    Walter, if I was 30 years younger, I would be there, too! You’ll be our lucky charm. 🙂 Cardiac Bucs will win it so watch your BP. I still wish joes would do a comparison between the two teams’ Special Teams. We have the better punter, and our rookie kicker looks pretty da## good, plus the gunners are healthy. Hey Lt. Dan: I’m on IR for old fart arthritis. LOL. LOL. Still laffin’! TAMPA………BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!