TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have really amped up right guard Davin Joseph’s workload in recent days. After limiting Joseph’s activity through training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason, the two-time Pro Bowler was full speed in workouts last week.
Few are happier about that than defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Going against his fellow University of Oklahoma alum in practice makes McCoy a better player, he said. He missed the opportunities to improve when Joseph was rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee.
“Davin is the man; I love going against Davin,’’ McCoy said. “Every time he takes a rep, I’m there. If they say ,‘Gerald, get out of there,’ I say, ‘No, I’m not getting out because Davin is up.’ That’s my partner.’’
McCoy and Joseph agreed shortly after McCoy arrived as the team’s 2010 first-round draft pick to work against one another in practice to become the best players possible.
“He’s been mentoring me since I got here, staying on me,’’ McCoy said. “If he thinks I’m having a bad practice he’ll come up to me and say, ‘That’s not good enough, pick it up.’
“That’s just what we do. We go at it. And that’s why I couldn’t wait for him to get back. And when he got back he was looking for me. I was like, ‘All right, I’m up. Let’s go.’’’
Plenty left in the tank
The Buffalo Bills’ decision last week to cut kicker Rian Lindell could be considered curious, coming just 18 months after signing him to a four-year, $10.9 million contract.
The Bills, though, were seemingly on the lookout for a replacement for a while. Buffalo drafted a kicker each of the past two years and apparently decided to go with Florida State product Dustin Hopkins, their sixth-round pick in 2013.
After making 21 of 24 field-goal tries, including a 50-yarder, and all 39 of his extra points last year, the 36-year-old veteran thinks he has plenty left to give.
“A lot of it is just being more comfortable on the field, and that’s certainly something you get better at with age,’’ Lindell said. “But I’ve also done a pretty good job (with) warm-ups, cool downs and cold tub (treatments) to where my leg still feels fresh.
“So, physically, I don’t feel all that old. Maybe the warm-up takes a little longer now, but when it’s time to go, the leg is still there.”
Still waiting on Demps
The Bucs have waited patiently for Jeff Demps to finish the IAAF track season, but coach Greg Schiano’s patience with the former Florida Gator could be wearing thin.
Demps finished competing in the season-ending IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Aug. 18. But when asked wether Demps would be joining the team soon, Schiano seemed exasperated.
“Supposedly, he’s coming,’’ Schiano said. “I don’t know. I don’t worry about guys who aren’t here. Guys that aren’t here, they can’t help us. He can’t help us win right now, so he’s not helping us get better right now.
“He’s running track somewhere. So if he’s going to do that, when he gets here, if he can help us win, he’ll be part of it. If he gets here and he can’t help us win, he can go back and run track. We’re here to win football games.’’