Gruden Speaks: Aug. 5 transcript

In this edition of "Gruden Speaks," it's his entire press conference transcript, complete with news about a starting linebacker, a starting offensive tackle and a down the depth chart wide receiver who is impressing the head coach.

Here is the transcript from Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden's morning press conference at training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports on Sunday, Aug. 5 (courtesy of the Buccaneers):

On LB Barrett Ruud missing practice

"He bruised his knee; he'll be day-to-day. He might be a day or two, but he'll be back hopefully sooner than later."

On if LB Ryan Nece moves into the starting MLB spot with Ruud out

"Well, Ryan Nece has been playing there. Antoine Cash has been playing there and Quincy Black has some experience playing in there so we'll have to do the best we can, adjust as long as Barrett's out. But we expect him back shortly."

On if it was part of the original schedule to take off the pads Sunday

"Yes. We've had seven straight days of pads and we felt that was the right thing to do. We'll be in pads again tomorrow. We still got a lot of work done, covered a lot of situations, but we'll be in pads again tomorrow."

On how G Arron Sears has looked

"Good, very good."

On what he likes about Sears

"I like the fact he's played a lot of really good football in a big arena. He's been well-coached; Phil Fulmer's a great coach. He's just a quality player. He's experienced beyond his years and he's a very physical, naturally powerful guy that can pull. He's a factor in the perimeter plays and he really showcases pretty good pass protection in there. So he's a guy that we're excited about."

On if he could see Sears and Anthony Davis starting at LG and LT

"Well, anything can happen. There's a chance we have five new opening-day starters this year, with [Jeremy] Trueblood, who didn't start last year in the opener; [Davin] Joseph didn't start in the opener; we still have a battle going on at center; Arron Sears has a chance to be the starting left guard; and the left tackle position we're hoping [Luke] Petitgout comes back shortly to help us out. But anything can happen at this point in time."

On G Dan Buenning learning at the center position

"He's a guy, too, that had a real serious injury on Thanksgiving Day. He got hurt last year in the preseason, missed the early part of the season, got hurt late in the season. He's not all the way back physically but he's staying on top of the center position. Assignment-wise, he's doing some good things but physically is another story. He still to me is not 100 percent. He's not totally back yet, but he's fighting through it, and when he returns to full health we expect him to be a real good football player again."

On T Luke Petitgout still not practicing fully

"It's obviously been well-documented around here. He went through the individual work and we had hoped to have him practice more extensively today. But we're going to do what we feel is right from the doctor's standpoint, and hopefully in the next day or two we'll see him full-go, ready to go."

On if WR Chad Lucas has impressed him

"Yes, he has. He's a young guy that can run. We got him on our practice squad last year. When Joey Galloway doesn't go, he emulates him pretty good. He can run fast. He's playing more physical and he's making plays on the ball. At the end of the day, that's what we need. We need guys that make the acrobatic play once in a while, and he clearly did that a couple times today."

On if QB Chris Simms is showing improvement

"Yes, I think so. We wanted to get him 80 to a 100 throws and work on going to alternate receivers, et cetera, driving the ball in the void and doing some different things. The arm looks good to me and we'll talk to the doctors and the trainers and so forth here at lunch to see what we can do this afternoon."

On how K Matt Bryant is doing

"He's been really good. [Josh] Bidwell and our snapper have done a nice job. The battery's been pretty consistent from Day One and he's hitting it really good. Statistically speaking, his numbers are what we want them to be and his kickoffs, he's hanging them high and he's getting location. He's making field goals so we're really pleased with Matt."

On Joey Gruden, Jay Gruden's young son, kicking field goals

"Yes, he made a 36-yarder, I guess, during an Arena [League] football game. We've reached into the Predator organization before with Jay Taylor and now obviously Greg White. If we need Joey Gruden, we'll keep an eye on him."

On how it feels to be close to finally playing a game

"It feels good. We need to play somebody else. We need to look at some different fronts and some different players. I'm sure New England feels the same way. I'm sure every guy in training camp feels that way. We'll try to work on our rotations, determine the health of the football team, who's playing and how long, and that will be something that comes up this week."

On if he has an idea about how much QB Jeff Garcia will play

"No, I haven't really put a lot of thought into that. He will start the game, obviously, and play a little bit. We'll see the health of the football team and what we want to try to look at. We've got some inexperience at the position. We're going to look at [Luke] McCown a lot in the preseason; it's been awhile since he's played. And obviously Jeff needs to take some snaps. We'll make those decisions in the next few days."

On if Simms will get some snaps in the game

"He needs to play. He needs to play, obviously. Yes, I do expect him to play. But there are a lot of things that go into that. If we get the ball and can do something with it and look at some guys, we'd like to do that. He needs to get out there and play. Physically, he looked good today, what I saw. Hopefully he can work himself back into a ready position this week."


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