Wednesday, Nov. 7
Pittman, Clayton confident they will play, 3:18 p.m.
This is more under the category of "expected" rather than "breaking" news, but both running back Michael Pittman and wide receiver Michael Clayton said they expect to lay next week against Atlanta, according to Tampabay.com. The bigger shock at this point is if either didn't play against the Falcons.
Bucs may sign Williams after all, 3:10 p.m.
Perhaps this blog entry at TBO.com puts the Chas Gessner waiver move into perspective.
TBO.com is reporting that the Bucs have some interest in former Raiders wide receiver Mike Williams, less than a week after Bucs head coach Jon Gruden basically dismissed the possibility. Bucs GM Bruce Allen did confirm that the Bucs and Williams' agent have talked recently, but downplayed the possibility of a signing.
I don't know why the Bucs would put Gessner on waivers unless they felt they were close to signing someone at the same position. Williams would make the most sense at this time. Here's the blog entry.
Gessner waived, 1:25 p.m.
The Buccaneers have not officially announced it, but a league source has told me that Chas Gessner has been placed on waivers by the club. That means they have an open roster spot, which may remain open for the forseeable future, since this is the bye week. I'll keep you up to date.
Will Gruden be fined?, 10:47 a.m.
An alert reader brought up the point that head coach Jon Gruden may have left himself open to a fine over his criticism of the officiating late in last Sunday's game. Read his quote and tell me what you think:
"We fumbled the snap, but obviously, when you look at the replay, they swatted the ball. They missed that call," Gruden said. "Then, they tried to swat the ball again. There were some after-the-whistle things going on there that the NFL should look into. I'm sure they will. I don't anticipate any fine. That was just an ugly sequence of plays, and we'll let the league handle it."
To me, that's a rather benign criticism. I thought the same exact thing when I watched the replay on Sunday, and after further examination Gruden was right — a Cardinals defensive player tried to swat the ball before the snap, which is a rules violation. It doesn't take much to get fined these days in the NFL, but here's hoping Gruden's comments don't hit him in the wallet. To me, he was just sticking up for his lineman.
At Bucsblitz.com, 10:45 a.m.
It's going to be a pretty slow week. But here is my most recent article, "Film Session," breaking down the Cardinals-Bucs game from an Xs and Os standpoint. click here to read the article. There's more coming this week, including a salary cap review of this year and a preview of next year and a Draft Q&A with our Scout.com expert, Chris Steuber, which begins this afternoon.
O-Line on upswing, 10:43 a.m.
St. Pete Times columnist John Romano is wondering if this young offensive line in Tampa Bay — four of the five members have two years or less experience — could be one to be reckoned with in the future? Romano analyzes the issue in this article at Tampabay.com.
Perfect whine, 10:41 a.m.
This has nothing to do with the Bucs, but former Dolphins head coach Don Shula said if the New England Patriots manage to go undefeated, the accomplishment deserves an asterisk, thanks to "Spygate." Click here to read the wire report. I still don't think they're going to do it. They'll trip up somewhere.