Bucs P.M. Camp Report - 7/31

July 31 – In their fourth practice of the 2001 training camp, the Buccaneers switched gears a bit. Tampa Bay spent this afternoon focusing on their special teams unit.

A good portion of the Bucs' players had the afternoon off from practice on Tuesday, but rookies and young veterans battling for roster spots spent about an hour at Pepin-Rood Stadium practicing special teams.

Out of the one-hour practice, about 30 minutes of it was spent on coaching technique. Special teams head coach Joe Marciano led this practice and did not give the players much live action.

Tight end Dave Moore was the primary long snapper on punts. This does not bold well for one-year veteran LS Sean McDermott. It will be tough for McDermott to beat out Moore, who originally earned a spot with Tampa Bay as a long snapper and has plenty of experience at the position.

There were six different players returning kicks and punts, which narrows down the candidates for these two positions. All six were returning both kicks and punts.

Wide receiver Jacquez Green, rookie WR Robert Kilow, WR Frank Murphy, rookie CB Dwight Smith, RB Aaron Stecker and WR Karl Williams are battling for these two positions.

The fact that Smith was returning kicks and punts was a little surprising. During his career at Akron, Smith did return 38 kickoffs for a total of 826 yards (21.7 avg.).

As of right now, Williams appears to be the man to beat on both kick and punt returns.

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