Thursday, Sept. 6
It's been a busy day already
Two bits of news to report today from One Buc Place.
First, the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that wide receiver David Boston will face a DUI charge for his arrest last month. While the Pinellas Park Police Department isn't releasing the results of Boston's urinalysis test, the department did tell the Times that they will pursue the DUI charge.
Boston has been relatively silent since the arrest, which came before the Miami preseason game. The Bucs have publicly backed him, which was an interesting move since the results of this test were not back when they did so. Plus, the Bucs said they conducted their "own investigation," whatever that means.
Boston did release a statement through the team late Thursday night.
"All I am able to say at this time is that I have done nothing wrong; I was not impaired. I have assured, and will continue to assure, the Buccaneers that I have done nothing wrong. And, in the end when this matter is resolved the facts will show that I have done nothing wrong. I appreciate the Buccaneers organization believing in me and the fans for their support."
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden was mum about the news after practice.
"We don't have any information for you right now," Gruden said.
What this means for Boston, in terms of league discipline, is unknown. Boston has already suffered a four-game suspension during his career for violation of the league's steroid policy. It's unclear if this offense would result in a stiffer punishment from the NFL, or when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might act on the information. If the Michael Vick saga taught us anything about Goodell, it's that he's willing to wait until all the facts are in.
Oh, and this little tidbit. The Bucs cut Enoka Lucas from the practice squad today and signed Taye Biddle to take his place. Biddle is the wide receiver the Bucs signed on Sunday to regular roster and then released on Tuesday to make room for Jeremiah Trottter.
Hedging their bets, perhaps?
Second, there's a decent chance that rookie Tanard Jackson will start at free safety on Sunday against Seattle. Apparently Jackson has been seeing first-team reps at free safety this week. The news first broke a few days ago via a former Buc — Ellis Wyms — who talked about it during an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio.
Jackson has become a coaching staff favorite during training camp and the preseason for his hitting and coverage ability.
No one is being committal at this time. I talked to Raheem Morrs, the cornerbacks coach, after practice Thursday and he told me that Jackson's injury in preseason didn't set him that far behind.
"The guy picks up stuff so fast it's like he stays with it and never lost a bit when he came back," Morris said. "He came back in form. That's a sign of being a good player. He's going to be a great player in this league and we hope to see the start of that on Sunday."
Usually, in Buc land, when someone is noncommittal about whether a player will start or not, it's good to check the question and see who it was about. Since this question was about Jackson, I'd expect him to start on Sunday, even though Allen is at the top of the depth chart. Morris did emphasize that both players will see plenty of playing time on Sunday.
I just watched the Bucs run up a Bucs flag at their facility about the size of the Pirate Ship in Raymond James Stadium. Time to get back to writing my 10 stories for the day. Look for a feature on Greg White later today, along with features on Michael Clayton and Jeff Garcia and a transcript from Seattle head coach Mike Holmgrem's conference call with the Tampa Bay media in the next 24 hours. Plus, there's the final two parts of "Behind Enemy Lines" with Seahawks.net's Doug Farrar.
And I can't wait to get home for the Saints-Colts game. I have Deuce on two fantasy teams. I've got my McAllister jersey ready to go. MP