Gerald McCoy, The LeaderMay 28th, 2013
On Wednesday (which is tomorrow, even though today feels much like a Monday), Joe will be out at One Buc Palace for Bucs OTAs. Naturally, you can expect loads of copy, interviews, analysis and observations.
Last week, rookie defensive end Steven Means had just walked off the practice field, seemingly OK with his first session against the vets. But one thing stuck out for Means — the leadership on the Bucs.
“There are real leaders,” Means said. “Lots of leaders on the field. It is different from college where you have a handful of leaders. Here, you have 20 leaders out there.
“It is vocal [leadership]. I will give you one example of a leader: It is Gerald McCoy. It is real vocal with him. If we mess up, he pulls us aside and shows up what we have to do right and why we have to do it. That way, we understand. It’s vocal with him, but also he shows us by example.”
The WWE match between rookie Akeem Spence and veteran Jeremy Zuttah on Spence’s first play from scrimmage didn’t surprise Means.
“It will be intense,” Means said. “Any time you have a group of competitors going against each other, it will be intense.”
Again, Means explained what he feels about his personal space.
“I don’t like being touched.”