Lee And Zuttah Grab Leadership Roles

June 16th, 2011

Kellen Winslow has Luke Stocker firmly under his wing, says James Lee.

Hard-working NFL.com Bucs blogger/reporter Jenna Laine has served up some intriguing slices of can’t-miss Bucs news in her latest effort.

Among them, per guard James Lee, the Bucs are still training regularly together at USF and some real leadership is playing out. Kellen Winslow has been tutoring Luke Stocker, Lee said, and Lee and Jeremy Zuttah are grabbing the reigns as well.

“Right now basically me and Zuttah -– we’re the guys who are basically running it for the O-line,” Lee said. “And we do our different drills and we go work on our snaps with Josh [Freeman] and Josh [Johnson].”

Meanwhile the receivers, which include Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn, spend about an hour or so with Freeman, with the defensive backs and linebackers lining up for seven-on-seven-type drills.

Two guys that have stepped up and impressed Lee the most have been fellow offensive linemen Ted Larsen and Will Barker.”

“When I saw him and we did some running and stuff, he looked pretty good –- in his O-line drills and everything,” Lee said of Larsen. “And Barker, he looks pretty good. He looks in shape. He looks like if it’s time to go (now), he’ll be ready.”

Joe’s glad to hear of Zuttah being willing to snap the ball to Freeman and block air.

Of course, the real value of these workouts is open for debate, but there’s no questioning that real leaders can emerge from this kind of environment.

4 Responses to “Lee And Zuttah Grab Leadership Roles”

  1. Amar Says:

    Finally some Luke Stocker news. That’s all I needed to know, glad to know K2 is showing him the ropes.

    Thanks, Joe.

  2. Jrock Says:

    Agreed Amar. Also nice to see the new guys who were tossed into the fire last year keep up their work with the team – I like our O-line even more now.

    Good nuggets from Jenna – thanks for sharing Joe.

  3. jvato24 Says:

    Leaders may Emerge and bonds will emerge even more so than OTAs .. The players will be able to be themselves and have an Us against them mentallity .. The core players attending may have the chance to really become a tight knit group.

  4. Dave Says:

    Amazing how quickly Zuttah went from the doghouse with the fans to the penthouse.

    I believe the leaders, other than Freeman who is the unquestioned leader, will emerge from these situations as well.

    They have gone to great lengths to draft a lot of guys the last couple of years that have been team captains and these non-coach meetings will probably draw out the real alpha dogs to be the leaders