Tag:Sabby Piscitelli
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:06 pm

Hot Routes 12.1.10 holidays mean fighting injury

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jerry Jones does not believe (publicly) that Marion Barber’s time with the Cowboys is nearing an end.

The Packers now have 13 players on Injured Reserve after shutting down LB Brandon Chillar and TE Spencer Havner for the season.

With Le’Ron McClain (ankle) injured, the Ravens signed former Bears fullback Jason McKie. Safety Ken Hamlin was waived to make room for McKie.

The Ravens are 6-1 at home against the Steelers since 2003. Half of those six wins have come in overtime.

Drew Stanton is likely to start for Detroit against Chicago this Sunday. So much for a trap game upset.

Not that the rabid sports fans of Miami notice or care, but it’s a little ironic that the Browns play the Dolphins on the same week that LeBron returns to Cleveland.

Jaguars LT Eugene Monroe passed his concussion test (we hear he actually got an A- on the thing). The athletic second-year pro should return to the lineup this week.

Part of the drawback of Thursday games is that it leaves less time for injured players to get ready. That appears to be the case with Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Seahawks signed David Hawthorne to an extension through 2011. They got the underrated linebacker at a bargain price.

The Bucs chose to release Sabby Piscitelli rather than let him fill-in for injured starter Cody Grimm. Ouch – Piscitelli was a second-round pick in ’07. Looks like Corey Lynch will now get a chance to start.

The ratings for the Cardinals-Niners Monday night game were, as expected, awful. But would you believe that an awful rating for the NFL these days is still an 8.1? MLB and NBA playoff games don’t come close to pulling in that kind of number.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 12:06 am

Bucs tweak their starting lineup

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two important changes have been made to the Bucs starting lineup. One was forecasted by yours truly (and everyone else with at least some semblance of football knowledge). That one was Sean Jones beating out Sabby Piscitelli for the starting safety job. Jones is a big-time hitter with some playmaking moxie. Piscitelli specializes in taking bad angles to the ball.

The other change came on offense – and, just days after yours truly specifically said in CBS's NFC South preview podcast that it would NOT happen: veteran Keydrick Vincent has captured the left guard job from Jeremy Zuttah. Vincent is one of the premier power run-blockers in the NFL. Zuttah is more agility-based. The Bucs signed Vincent extremely late in free agency this past offseason.

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:12 pm

Position battle in Tampa Bay

Some Bucs news: according to the St. Petersburg Times, the team has decided to limit the number of training camp practices open to the public. Last year, every practice was open; this year, only seven will be.

Also, the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that a position battle is brewing between safeties Sean Jones and Sabby Piscitelli.

Raheem Morris affirmed this, saying during last week’s minicamp, "They'll go out there and compete and compete hard. That's the beauty of OTA days. That's the beauty of training camp -- watching guys compete and watching guys who want to play. I'm really enjoying the competition. . . To both men's credit, they've been really complementing each other when they have to play together."

Expect Jones to win the battle. The coaching staff loves his physicality against the run, and in past years (mainly with the Browns) he’s been a decent playmaker in coverage. Piscitelli, frankly, had no business starting last season. He was on the field only because Jermaine Phillips got hurt. Piscitelli struggles in reads and taking sharp angles to the ball, and he’s a meager open-field tackler.

--Andy Benoit

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