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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Live Preseason Work

August 10th, 2010

You will get your first glimpse of the 2010 version of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.

Raheem Morris and his mighty men will travel to Miami for their first exhibition game—a preseason game if you will.

Some of us were already a bit disturbed when Morris stated this week that one of his goals was to "protect" his players.

Now what does that mean?

Does it mean he'll play Josh Freeman and the starters for a series or two?

That would be a mistake at best. This is not a veteran team, it is a very, very young team by design, and it needs all the live work it can get.

When you look at the 2009 draft class and this year's draft class, there could be 15 players on the final 53-man roster with virtually no experience. The only way Freeman will be ready for the season is to play at least the first half in these practice games.

Mark Dominik was boasting the other night that this is one of the few teams in the league with 80 guys in camp and practicing.

That's already down to 79. Brian Price, the guy with all the type from the offseason, has a nagging hamstring injury, and that does not bode well if he was expected to push Roy Miller for playing time. No one pushes anyone from the sidelines.

If Morris thinks a lot of practice reps will prepare his charges for the opener against Cleveland, then perhaps he's not all he's cracked up to be.

Practice is one thing, game speed and situations are another.

If Morris spends the bulk of these preseason games determining who his fourth and fifth wide receivers are, who his fifth running back might be, and if he sticks us with watching Rudy Carpenter play half the games then this preseason could end up a giant waste.

Freeman and these young guys also need to feel victory as well.

A couple of "practice" victories wouldn't hurt, would it?

And while Morris goes around preaching "violence" and "physical" play by his team, someone needs to remind him that touchdowns count for six points.

10 Things to Expect from the 2010-11 Premier League Season

August 10th, 2010

The phony war is over. A new EPL season starts on Saturday and it promises to be a humdinger.

Can Manchester City turn their riches into trophies? Are Liverpool really dark horses for the title? Will Sir Alex Ferguson and his men take back Chelsea's crown? Can Newcastle survive the drop? Will Arsenal get kicked to pieces? Will the real Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres stand up to be counted?

Here are my 10 predictions for the new season.

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San Diego Chargers 2010 Training Camp: Questions to Be Answered vs Bears

August 10th, 2010

The Chargers will start their quest for a Super Bowl Saturday, in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

There are many questions that the Chargers are going to have to answer before they get ready for regular season play; here are some of them...

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Cleveland Browns 2010 Training Camp: Observations From 8/9 Practice

August 10th, 2010

The Cleveland Browns got back to work in the afternoon of Monday August Ninth after having Sunday off following their full team scrimmage on Saturday.

In full pads, the team took the field in Berea in the heat of Northeast Ohio, but the temperatures did drop toward the end of the session to cool of both the team and the rather large crowd that was in attendance for a Monday afternoon practice.

Here are my observations from this afternoon's practice.

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Haynesworth works first full practice (AP)

August 10th, 2010
Albert Haynesworth returned to work as $100 million backup Monday, working at second-string nose tackle in his first full practice at this year's Washington Redskins training camp. Haynesworth put on his No. 92 jersey and blended with his teammates, usually lining up between defensive ends Phillip Daniels and Darrion Scott as he ramps up his education in the team's new 3-4 defense.

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