Press Pass — Bucs vs. Texans

In this edition of "Press Pass," go inside the locker room after Thursday's game to hear Jon Gruden comment on Paris Warren, Earnest Graham comment on his performance and Luke McCown assess his night against the Houston Texans.

In this edition of "Press Pass," go inside the locker room after Thursday's game to hear Jon Gruden comment on Paris Warren, Earnest Graham comment on his performance and Luke McCown assess his night against the Houston Texans.

HEAD COACH JON GRUDEN

Opening comments

"I am obviously very disappointed that Paris Warren's season is over. It puts a real stain on tonight's effort. But I am proud of our guys. We started lousy. We couldn't have started any worse, but McCown got us going and made some plays. A lot of young guys did well for themselves tonight and there were some guys that obviously didn't do as well. We'll have to make some tough decisions here, but I like our football team."

On the Paris Warren injury

"I believe it was a terrible dislocated ankle. It was a freak thing. On the touchdown reception you could see that the ball was slightly under thrown and he was pulled down from behind. It was ugly. I think you saw our team out there and it was a credit to see how important he was to our guys."

On players on the bubble that made a difference tonight

"We're on the bubble here. Me, our whole team, is on the bubble. We've got to get it right here. We've got to win some games. And we'll do the best we can to keep the right 53 guys and if we don't have 53 guys out there then we'll go get some players from some other teams here but we do have some guys that did do well tonight and you saw it for yourself."

DE GAINES ADAMS

On his first preseason

"Overall, I feel pretty good, but I have a lot more room for improvement. I have to come out this week and get ready for the regular season."

On his major improvements over the preseason

"I think I became a better player by becoming a better listener. [After] listening to some of the veteran guys who were teaching me some things to help me improve my game. So really, I think I have become a better listener."

On his goals for the regular season

"[My goal is] to come out and do my best and help this team be the best team they can be."

RB EARNEST GRAHAM

On how do you think you performed in tonight's game

"It's the last game of preseason, so everybody is trying to put good stuff on tape because they have decisions to make on Saturday. Plays were called, so I did what I've been doing since I got here, just trying to make a play and it went down for me."

On the preseason

"I didn't play as much as I usually do in the preseason, but I was in there, and did what I wanted to do, which was hold on to the ball, make some strong runs when I was in there. I wanted to be good on protection. I wanted to be good on special teams, so I was pretty solid all the way around. We have a long way to go as far as the season is concerned."

On looking forward to the regular season

"I'm very excited about the regular season. I think it's going to be an exciting year, we have some things coming together."

On personal goals for the season

"I want to go to the Pro Bowl on special teams. That's definitely a goal of mine."

QB LUKE MCCOWN

On playing for the first time since 2004

"It feels great to get into a rhythm and get some things going. We were a little sloppy to start. We had a fumble and I have to do a better job at feeling the rush. We did some good things. We put some drives together as a second offense. We did some good things. We have to go back and evaluate it, and get ready for the regular season."

On rallying back from the early miscues

"We just wanted to go out and play. As a second group of offensive guys, we wanted to go out and get into a rhythm, put some good plays together, and I think we did execute some plays and I think we did that for the most part."

On the upcoming cuts

"You know what, for me it's out of my control. All I can do is do what I can do on the field. They have some tough decisions to make and who knows, we'll see."

On WR Paris Warren's injury

"Paris is great player. He really is one of the classy players on this team. To do what he's done out here and play all the positions, he's such a great football player. That's what he is, he's a football player. He's a great friend and my heart is literally broken for him tonight."


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