Bucs News And Notes: Wednesday

October 2 - The Buccaneers began preparing for the Falcons on Wednesday. How is Tampa Bay's defense preparing for Atlanta QB Michael Vick? Are they ready to face former teammate and new Falcons RB Warrick Dunn? Can the Bucs stay undefeated on the road? PewterReport.com has the latest Bucs injury report and other news and notes from One Buccaneer Place.

T Kenyatta Walker (left ankle sprain) - Doubtful

RB Aaron Stecker (lower back strain) - Probable

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick will give Tampa Bay's defense all they can handle on Sunday. Vick has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes for 549 yards and he's thrown four touchdowns and nine interceptions. Vick also leads the Falcons in rushing yards with 184 and is averaging 7.7 yards per carry. That said, Vick is a player Tampa Bay's defense will key in on Sunday, but don't expect them to be overly cautious in their pursuit of the second-year quarterback.

"The number one mistake you can make is being tentative and worry about where he is going to go," said Bucs defensive tackle Anthony McFarland. "You can't let him dictate, you need to dictate to him what he does and as long as we continue to do that, we have done it all year, continue to be aggressive, we'll be o.k."

Speed kills in the National Football League, but both Vick and Tampa Bay's defense pride themselves on it, so who exactly will present the most problems for their opponent on Sunday?

"(Michael Vick) is just fast, but that's not something we're afraid of because we possess speed," said Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp. "But we need to prevent him from getting out and running, and being out on the loose. What we need to do is stay in front of him and make him beat us with his arm." p> BUCS' DEFENSE WILL FACE FORMER TEAMMATE:
Running back Warrick Dunn played against Tampa Bay's defense in practice for five years, but when he lines up in Atlanta's backfield on Sunday, it might be a little strange for both Dunn, who has scored four touchdowns this season, and his former teammates.

Here's what some of Dunn's former teammates had to say Wednesday about playing against him on Sunday in Atlanta.

Bucs DT Warren Sapp on playing against Dunn and the Falcons on Sunday:
"I've done that before, just have to revert back to UM/Seminole days."

Bucs SS John Lynch on Facing Dunn for the first time since he departed Tampa Bay via free agency:
"It's always a different situation and that's modern day football. But I'll tell you what, I faced my brother-in-law and you have to hit them. You have to play against him like you would anyone else and come game time it's not an issue. The fact is the longer you play in this league the more you know most of the players. They can be your friends, but come game time they can't be your friends. You're out there to do a job, that's how we'll treat it, and I'm sure that's how Warrick will treat it."

Lynch on whether the Bucs defense or Dunn will have the advantage Sunday from playing with each other for five seasons:
"I'd say it's a push. It comes down to just playing. And Warrick can do some great things on the field and I think we are all aware of that. I think watching Warrick for so long and having practiced against him, we both know each other well and it's just like when your facing an opponent you know well, it's just going to come down to who can execute, who's going to tackle, but it will be a fun challenge for us."

Bucs NT Anthony McFarland on playing against his former teammate:
"It'll be fun. It's going to be a sellout, last time I think we had more fans there than they did. I know their fans are going to be rowdy and it'll be an emotional game for him (Dunn), but once you step between the lines, friend or foe, you are out there to play the game of football and I think that is what we're going to do as a team and I think as long as we do that, we'll be fine."

Tampa Bay is a perfect 2-0 on the road this season and they will try to stay undefeated when they travel to Atlanta to take on the 1-2 Falcons Sunday. Atlanta is 1-1 at The Georgia Dome this season.

Some of the Bucs players are not putting anymore emphasis on Sunday's game – a battle between two members of the NFC South Division – than they do any other game.

"It could be a great start for us," said Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson. "Right now being 3-1, it's obviously one of the better records in the NFC, tied for first place in the division. But all these games add up in the end. Don't sit there and worry about what's going to happen come December and January, just take care of the focus, and that focus is the Atlanta Falcons and what we are going to do in today's practice."

But some of the players are using the fact that the Falcons are now a division rival as motivation for the game.

"It is (more important)," said Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks. "It is our first game of the second quarter of the season, and we need to get to .500 in our division. If we are all tied we will lose a tiebreaker because of (divisional loses)."

Tampa Bay signed free agent wide receiver Charles Lee to a one-year contract Tuesday. The former Green Bay Packer didn't receive much playing time in Green Bay, but he's excited making the best of his stay in Tampa.

Lee's 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame bodes well for Tampa Bay's offense. He's a speedy receiver, which Tampa Bay didn't have at the receiver position before his arrival, and he's hoping to get Bucs head coach Jon Gruden's system down quickly so he can make an impact on the team.

"I just need to come in and learn the offense as quick as I can," Lee said Wednesday. "It's a typical West Coast system. I was in a West Coast system in Green Bay. The verbiage is a little different and some of the routes are a little different, but just overall, just understand the offense, and get in to make the most of the opportunities. Hopefully I could be (a guy to stretch the field on deep routes). I just want to get in and be in tip-top shape as quick as I can be and hopefully be that deep threat."

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