Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed back Free Safety Tanard Jackson after more than a year away from the team. Jackson failed a drug test and was suspended, missing most of last season, training camp and the first 5 games of 2011. After a couple of days of practice, he started and helped his team to a big division win with an interception.
Now the Oakland Raiders are playing the "will he or won't he" game with their new quarterback Carson Palmer. With the trade barely finalized, Raider Head Coach was coy about his new QB's ability to start on Sunday. These two examples would make Allen Iverson proud. Who needs practice anyway? Not the NFL. After missing the entire off-season with the lockout, everything is pretty much business as usual on the field.
It really is a slap in the face to the players for anyone to walk in at this point and start after a couple of practices. So much for the talk of needing the off-season and training camp reps for the rapport to be built between the QB and receivers.