Almost a year removed from a collision that left him with cartilage damage in his right knee, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Mark Barron says he's still not 100 percent despite having surgery to correct the problem in January.
“No, I definitely don't feel like I'm 100 percent yet,” Barron said Sunday in the wake of the team's first padded practice. “I feel good but I wouldn't say I'm 100 percent. I just have to keep working and hopefully it will be there before the first game.”
Barron said he was injured in last season's opener when he bumped knees with Panthers WR Steve Smith. Barron said he played through the injury before having it repaired at season's end.
“It was just a knee scope, nothing major,” he said. “But I've just been working on (getting back) ever since then so I'm pretty much just easing back into things.”
The injury hasn't really cost Barron any time on the field. Though he did miss most of the offseason workout program, he has been running with the first-team defense in training camp drills.
Glennon's got game
Though he was often betrayed by his receivers, who suffered several drops during the day, QB Mike Glennon had an otherwise big day running the second-team offense. It wasn't the first time he has played well under new coach Lovie Smith.
“He's had a good offseason in general,” Smith said of Glennon, who started the last 13 games for the Bucs as a rookie last year. “Obviously, I've asked him to be in a different role, but he's embraced that. And we feel that if Mike ended up playing for us this year we would win a lot of football games.
“He's a good football player and he's proven that.”
Play of the Day I
During the next-to-last 11-on-11 drill, RB Jeff Demps lined up wide to the left on third-and-short.
At the snap he ran a straight go route, quickly separating himself from the defense before hauling in a perfectly placed pass from Glennon for what would have been an 84-yard TD.
Play of the Day II
On the second play of the first 11-on-11 drill, MLB Mason Foster slipped back into coverage, read the play and made a move on a soft floater of a pass from QB Josh McCown, securing an interception that set the tone for what proved to be a strong day-long defensive outing.
Quote of the Day
“I still have a career and I definitely have motivation now. I've got twins at home so I've got to work that much harder now to provide for them.”
— DT Gerald McCoy, on what continues to drive him after reaching the Pro Bowl each of the past two years