Postscripts — Aug. 31 blog

This is "Postscripts," my personal blog. Here, each day, I'll write on random topics, both Bucs related and non-Bucs related. This blog also includes links to the top Bucs stories on the Web. Why? Because, well, I can never write enough, and sometimes the things I learn on this beat can't be fit into a story. So, until the carpal tunnel sets in, I'll keep typing.

Friday, Aug. 31

A word about Paris

Football can be heartbreaking at times, can't it?

Watching Paris Warren's season end the way it did on Thursday night is one of the most unfortunate things I've seen in football. To have the game he was having — seven catches, 110 yards and two touchdowns — and to have it end like that certainly gave everyone on his team pause Thursday night.

I thought it was great to see the entire team out there on the field wishing him well as he was carted off. But his season is over.

As that game progressed, I was reaching the point where I thought Warren might make the team, maybe even pushing Michael Clayton off the roster.

But, now, it's a year of rehab ahead for Warren, and another chance next year. But I think now, at least, he's shown everyone that he can be productive on this level.

The Bucs Buzz

If you haven't been to today, check it out. The site has had its most substantial redesign in three years. I personally think it looks great. It's much cleaner, easier on the eyes and more professional. It gives our NFL writers a great platform to bring you great team coverage.

At right now, we have postgame coverage, including my game story feature Warren and quarterback Luke McCown. Click here for the story. Also, I've written a pro-con article on Chris Simms and his precarious situaton on the Bucs' roster as the final cuts come on Saturday, plus my predictions on who will make the final cuts.

Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly writes that Bucs fans should hold their breath with this group of quarterbacks. And he's not including Chris Simms, who, according to Gruden, scratched himself from Thursday's game. Also, in case you missed it, tight end Jerramy Stevens had a big game Thursday night. He'll face his former team, Seattle, in the opener.

At the St. Petersburg Times, you probably saw the cheap shot on Gaines Adams in the second quarter of Thursday's game. Here's the reaction to it. Adams just had the wind knocked out of him.

And, in the Bradenton Herald, Gruden commented on Bruce Gradkowski's name coming up in the point-shaving investigation at Toledo.

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