Healthy Lewis hopes to make impact with Bucs

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 07, 2012
Cornerback Myron Lewis is as puzzled as anyone about why his career is off to a painfully slow start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The third-year pro battled nagging injuries that made it a struggle to get on the field the past two seasons, but he's confident he's on the verge of proving the team didn't make a mistake by drafting him in the third round. Nearly two weeks into training camp, Lewis is the healthiest he's been during an NFL preseason and is eager to take advantage of an opportunity to work with the first-team defense while starter Aquib Talib is resting a sore hamstring and key reserve E.J. Biggers is out with a broken foot. Lewis is still learning the team's new defensive scheme but is getting more comfortable each day. Just as important, he's making plays in practice and building confidence. ''I started off a little slow trying to get used to different techniques,'' he said of his transition to coach Greg Schiano's system. ''It's all about buying in, focusing and keeping my concentration.'' Heading into his rookie season, the Bucs envisioned Lewis contributing mostly as a fifth defensive back and were hopeful he'd eventually develop into a solid replacement for Ronde Barber, who at 37 is moving from cornerback to safety this year. But instead of stepping into the starting lineup, Lewis is just trying his best to get on the field in any role this summer. An abdominal strain slowed his development his first season. Hamstring and ankle injuries set him back in 2011, when he appeared in just 10 games and finished with nine tackles and no interceptions. Lewis missed 12 games over the past two seasons. ''I was frustrated. You're out there watching everyone and you want to get out there and play, too, and you can't,'' he said. ''You're happy for your teammates, but seeing everybody out there - and you're not - can be kind of depressing, too. You have to get yourself pepped up and be a good teammate.'' Biggers was injured the first week of camp. Talib's sore hamstring is not considered serious, but it's giving Lewis a chance to make an impression on a new coaching staff. ''It's sad to see the man in front of you go down, but Coach is depending on the next man coming up to do the same exact job as the guy in front of you,'' Lewis said. ''I've got the opportunity to play, so I'm going to go ahead and play.'' Schiano has seen steady improvement in camp. ''He started slow but has been getting better each day,'' Schiano said. ''Myron has a couple of little bad habits that if he can get them corrected, he can be an effective corner.'' Lewis adjusted his diet and training routine this offseason in hopes of giving himself a chance to stay healthy. ''I've been hurt the past two years. Nobody's really seen me play, so I'm just putting that pressure on myself to stay healthy, do my job,'' the 6-foot-2, 203-pound cornerback out of Vanderbilt said. ''I know I can play. They drafted me for a reason.''
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia becomes first player ever banned by MLB for PEDs

Eight bold predictions for NBA All-Star Weekend

Iowa athletics department under federal civil rights investigation

2016 Naismith Hall of Fame finalists announced

Hasselbeck ‘strongly leaning towards playing’ in 18th season

Pitchers to wear new protective headwear in spring training


Klay Thompson: Warriors will shoot for all-time wins record

Bryce Harper 'squashed' beef with Jonathan Papelbon

WWE has record revenue despite perceived troubles

CC Sabathia declares himself ‘ready to go’ after alcohol rehab

Report: Suns still want to deal Morris before trade deadline

Report: Celtics could offer best deal for Dwight Howard

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Is there a place for Aaron Hill with the Brewers?

The market for forwards may shape the NHL trade deadline

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

The most intriguing NBA story lines for the rest of the season

Report: Timberwolves ‘lament’ Andrew Wiggins missing weight-lifting sessions

Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes little sense

City of Atlanta, Braves fighting over iconic Hank Aaron statue

Brock Osweiler hopes to remain part of ‘very special’ Broncos

Kobe Bryant receives great gift from ‘media’ member

Ranking the best NBA/ABA Dunk Contests ever

LeBron to be immortalized with Akron Zips bobblehead

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker