TAMPA, Fla. -- Coach Greg Schiano and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just finished their media interviews and reflected on Thursday night’s victory against Minnesota.
Let’s take a quick run through some of the highlights:
Defensive end Michael Bennett appeared to injure his ankle Thursday night. But fans can relax. Both Bennett and Schiano said the injury is nothing major. Plus, Bennett has a couple extra days to recover.
Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who made his season debut after being activated off the physically unable to perform list earlier Thursday, participated in 12 plays. Bowers, who came back from a torn Achilles tendon, said he felt fine Friday. Bowers said he expects his playing time to gradually increase in the coming weeks.
The best T-shirt of the day was worn by punter Michael Koenen. It said, “Punters are people too.’’
Running back Doug Martin, perhaps the biggest star of the Minnesota game, had the footballs from his two touchdowns in his locker. Martin said he was inundated by calls and text messages from friends and family after the game. He’s also aware of the fact he got a lot of attention from the national media, but said he’s looking to lose his college nickname “Muscle Hamster." When asked if he had any suggestions for a nickname he’d prefer, Martin said “T-Rex Something."
Schiano said the Bucs were very conscious of the fact Martin got 29 carries, which is a few more than they’d like to give him. But Schiano said the team kept feeding Martin the ball because he had the hot hand.