TAMPA — It was almost a week ago that the Bucs parted ways with projected starting left guard Carl Nicks. It wasn't until Wednesday, however, that they officially released him and filled his spot on the 90-man training camp roster.
When they made that move, the Bucs added cornerback Kid Edwards, a Missouri product who first came into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2013.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Edwards was released before the start of the season by the Bills, but he wound up spending the 2013 regular season working on the practice squads of the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings.
Edwards is the second cornerback signed off the street this week, joining former Buc Anthony Gaitor, who was signed Monday. Gaitor was brought in after fellow CBs Rashaam Melvin (ankle) and Alterraun Verner (hamstring) went down with injuries.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith said neither injury was considered serious, but he added Wednesday that he's still not sure when either will be ready to return to the practice field.
Man of many talents
RT Demar Dotson made what could prove to be the most impressive play of training camp a few days ago when he caught a TD pass from holder Mike Koenen off a fake field goal.
Dotson's run blocking and pass protection have been pretty impressive, too, according to his coach.
“He's a heck of an offensive tackle,'' Smith said, “I've been impressed with him just about every day. He comes to work every day and doesn't say an awful lot, just a good football player.”
Play of the day
QB Josh McCown and WR Vincent Jackson were in fine form, combining on nearly a half-dozen touchdown passes on a day when the Bucs focused largely on their red-zone offense.
The play of the day, though, came from the offense's own 20-yard line, when McCown hit Jackson with what proved to be an 80-yard TD toss that brought a near-capacity crowd of season-ticket holders to its feet.
Quote of the day
“I've got an older brother, and we used to fight all the time when we were kids. And he used to beat me up. But I love him to death. That's the type of thing that goes on in football.''
— DT Clinton McDonald, on the love and respect players maintain for one another even after scuffles break out in practice the way several did Wednesday at One Buc Place