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Video Glimpses Of Bucs Training Camp

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Tedford rightThe Bucs were sweating big time in the glare of the west-central Florida July sun today to prep themselves for when the real hitting begins in September.

Below are video clips of Practice No. 4 of Bucs training camp 2014. (more…)

The Double-D Dance

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Bucs OT Demar Dotson showed his dance moves while scoring a touchdown after a botched snap on a field goal attempt.

Bucs OT Demar Dotson showed his dance moves while scoring a touchdown after a botched snap on a field goal attempt today.

Call it the Double-D Dance. And no, get your heads out of the gutter. This has nothing to do with bouncy, unwieldy objects in a clothing-optional establishment.

It was the Demar Dotson touchdown celebration. It was part-Beyonce, part Deion Sanders and all 6-9, 315 pounds of Bucs tackle Demar Dotson. (more…)

Filling The Void

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Bucs G Patrick Omameh trusts OL coach George Warhop to be able to solve the riddle of the Bucs starting guards.

Bucs G Patrick Omameh trusts OL coach George Warhop to be able to solve the riddle of the Bucs’ starting guards.

Just by reading comments on this here corner of the interwebs, Joe knows Bucs fans are staring at the ceiling deep into the night trying to figure out how the Bucs will replace departed left guard Carl Nicks.

One could argue the Bucs also had a hole at right guard after Davin Joseph departed. Consider one of the candidates to win a starting job, Patrick Omameh, not overly concerned. (more…)

Verner Banged Up; Dealing With Learning Curve

Monday, July 28th, 2014
No helmet and pads for Pro Bowl corner Alterraun Verner today, just a floppy hat.

No helmet and pads for Pro Bowl corner Alterraun Verner today, just a floppy hat.

A day off today for All-Pro cornerback Alterraun Verner is no big deal on the surface, but on a deeper level it’s not a good thing, given Verner’s learning curve.

Lovie Smith’s defense was foreign to Verner when he was signed as a big-money free agent in March.  (more…)

Super Bowl Lessons And Bling Of The Ring Timing

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Clinton McDonald

DT Clinton McDonald also graded himself, and today’s practice

Lovie Smith’s handpicked nose tackle, Clinton McDonald, has a shiny new Super Bowl ring, but the time isn’t right to share the “bling of the ring” with his teammates, McDonald said after practice today.

No, that won’t be good motivation yet. (more…)

Training Camp Notes & Observations — Day 4

Monday, July 28th, 2014

It was another day of training camp for your favorite team, and Joe’s got all the sights and sounds of practice. (more…)

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

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The Return Of Anthony Gaitor

Monday, July 28th, 2014

anthony gaitor

Recently, the Bucs let go of defensive back D.J. Moore who seemed perfect for the new defense under Lovie Smith because he played for Lovie in Chicago. Alas, he was waved goodbye to hours before training camp.

So it seemed there was some clarity in the secondary for the Bucs. Apparently not. Per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs are bringing back a familiar face: Anthony Gaitor. (more…)

Safties And The Bucs Defense

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Strong safety Mark Barron (no, his number is still “23″), looks to have more freedom to make plays in Lovie Smith’s defense.

Joe knows true Bucs fans, and NFL fans in general, monitor NFL Network daily, and not just to gawk at Molly Qerim’s overall goodness and/or Amber Theoharis’ legs. Any time there is football talk it is a good thing.

Sunday, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp hosted live coverage of Bucs training camp on NFL Network. There (as well as on Saturday when Sapp regaled a handful of Tampa Bay pen and mic club members) he talked about how he thought the Bucs safeties would blow up in Lovie Smith’s defense. (more…)

Teaching, “Outside Leverage” & Alabama Jokes

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Damn, if this NFL Network video won’t get you jacked up for Buccaneers football, then you might want to check your pulse.

The good folks at the Man Channel were at practice yesterday (Joe can still hear Warren Sapp in his ear; them man never shuts up.) and they “mic’d up” Lovie Smith. (more…)

100 Degree Heat Index For Today

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The thin stretch of shade at practice found was quickly. Safeties Major Wright, Dashon Goldson and Major Wright gathered for a brief break and chat in it yesterday.

There’s a reason Buccaneers have been getting super close to fans attending training camp. There was about 20 inches of shade on the practice fields of One Buc Palace yesterday, and defensive players managed to find it. (more…)

McDonald Removes “Complacent” From Spence

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Clinton McDonald

Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and his shiny new Super Bowl ring, have made a huge impact already.

The explosion off the Tampa Bay defensive line from new nose tackle Clinton McDonald was evident to those watching practice yesterday, the first of the season in pads.

McDonald, however, is a quiet guy off the field, very reserved around media but an open book and intensely driven with teammates. (more…)

Martin Says Bucs Are “More Awake” For Practice

Monday, July 28th, 2014

doug martin 0814The typical day in training camp means arriving for work at 7 a.m. and leaving at 10 p.m. Players travel from the local Tampa training camp hotel by bus and stay together. It’s a grind.

A major change this season has players more awake and ready for practice, says Doug Martin. (more…)

“It Is A Big Area Of Concern”

Monday, July 28th, 2014
The absence of Bucs G Carl Nicks has the offensive line in a state of flux.

The absence of guard Carl Nicks has the offensive line in a state of flux

The Bucs and left guard Carl Nicks parting ways Friday shocked few Bucs fans. And it shouldn’t have.

Nicks had played sparingly in the last two seasons, his only years with the Bucs, and rather than wearing a helmet, Nicks often was seen wearing a floppy hat watching OTAs and minicamp from the sidelines this spring.

The same folks who were surprised Nicks couldn’t make a go of it are the same people who are surprised it gets hot in Florida in July. (more…)

Carl Nicks And The Baseball Bat

Monday, July 28th, 2014

CarlNickslockWho else but the bounty-loving Saints would hand out baseball bats in the locker room? That’s about as surprising as Josh Freeman oversleeping.

But those baseball bats are a memory of the Carl Nicks that Bucs fans saw little of after he signed a massive free agent contract in 2012. (more…)