The Bucs recently released their first camp depth chart, and it's not worth much considering that it shows Donald Penn as the starting left tackle and Arrelious Benn behind Vincent Jackson. Both may miss all, if not most, of the preseason.
It's certainly no big deal that LeGarrette Blount is listed as the "starter" ahead of Doug Martin and a lot of folks think that's newsworthy. It isn't. Preseason is preseason. It doesn't count. Neither do preseason depth charts. The only thing that counts is that final 53-man roster.
Speaking of the 53-man roster, here's what head coach Greg Schiano said at his post-practice presser on Buccaneers.com:
"It's about the best 53 for the Bucs, not necessarily the best 53 but the best 53 for the Bucs."
Friday night, Schiano says it's all about evaluation more than game-planning.
"Preseason, you want to be able to make evaluations. The number one job is you put people in position for proper evaluation."
Schiano referred to the process as "tick-marking." He want to spread the reps to get a fair evaluation.
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It all sounds like the first-unit playing time on offense and defense will fall under the "to be determined" banner.
Schiano saw some fatigue during Tuesday's practice. "Today the fatigue might have got to some of the guys because we dropped some balls," he said, referring to the passing portion of the 11-on-11 drills.
Corner Aqib Talib was limited after tweaking a hamstring Saturday night. "Aqib has taken a lot of reps, I think he's gonna be okay, I just want to make sure he is," Schiano said.
Defensive lineman Gary Gibson sat out on Tuesday. Schiano referred to Gibson's problem as "a little issue."
You got the feeling that Schiano was not pleased with the workout, but didn't harp on it. "Today, I let some things go that I might not have let go three days ago," he admitted.