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July 29th, 2014

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Bucs news forthcoming.

All-SEC bust team. [TheBigLead]

So, pot makes you want to sleep on park benches? [Denver Post]

SiriusXM NFL Radio is celebrating its 10th birthday. Mazel tov! [AP]

Not THIS is an interesting marketing ploy for a watering hole (kinda NSFW). [TheLocal]

Gators fans: Shelley Meyer (Mrs. Urban) is reading what you are typing. [GatorSports]

Baseball insider says by Thursday, David Price will be wearing Dodger blue. [RaysIndex]

Video Look Back At Training Camp Practice No. 4

July 28th, 2014
Bucs RT Demar Dotson was styling Monday.

Bucs RT Demar Dotson was styling Monday.

Where should Joe start to discuss Monday’s afternoon practice in the broiling Florida sun for the Bucs, their fourth practice of training camp? There were a few notables.

Wide receiver Tommy Streeter continued to practice well. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins really flashed some skills. And, speaking of skills, who knew big Double-D Demar Dotson could channel Beyonce while scoring a touchdown on a botched field goal attempt? [read more]

“Sundays Aren’t This Hard”

July 28th, 2014
Emerging Bucs wide receiver Tommy Streeter was taken down by cramps late in practice today.

Emerging Bucs wide receiver Tommy Streeter was taken down by cramps late in practice today.

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Just before Joe shot this picture, Jamon Meredith was asked teammates how much more time was left in practice. Joe saw several Bucs wilting after two hours in the afternoon swelter today.

Lovie Smith got his wish. His troops were in pads for the second consecutive afternoon and were forced to deal with elements that likely will face the team on opening day against the Panthers, and in Week 2 against the Rams. [read more]

Video Glimpses Of Bucs Training Camp

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. [read more]

The Double-D Dance

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. [read more]

Filling The Void

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. [read more]

Verner Banged Up; Dealing With Learning Curve

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.  [read more]

Super Bowl Lessons And Bling Of The Ring Timing

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. [read more]

Training Camp Notes & Observations — Day 4

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. [read more]

The Return Of Anthony Gaitor

July 28th, 2014

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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. [read more]

Safties And The Bucs Defense

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. [read more]

Teaching, “Outside Leverage” & Alabama Jokes

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. [read more]

100 Degree Heat Index For Today

July 28th, 2014
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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. [read more]

McDonald Removes “Complacent” From Spence

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. [read more]

Martin Says Bucs Are “More Awake” For Practice

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. [read more]