Bucs A.M. Practice Notes - 8/3

August 3 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed the debut of QB Brad Johnson at training camp on Friday morning, but his action was limited to individual drills. The Pewter Pirates practiced in shells (shorts, helmets and shoulder pads), but had an intense practice at Pepin-Rood Stadium. Nasty Nate Webster led the charge for the defense.

Buccaneer Magazine was on hand to cover the Buccaneers' morning practice as we have been and will be for Tampa Bay's training camp. Here are some of our observations from Friday morning's practice.

FIGHT CLUB: MLB Nate Webster was a man on a mission on Friday morning. Webster was involved in two different scuffles with two of his teammates. The first was with G Wilbert Brown. Webster drove Brown to the ground and the two became involved in a scuffle. Webster was on top of Brown while the two pulled each other's jerseys.

The second scuffle Webster was involved in was with RB Aaron Stecker. Webster tackled Stecker and Stecker didn't seem to appreciate Webster's overzealous behavior in the non-tackle drill.

JOHNSON MAKES DEBUT AT CAMP: QB Brad Johnson made his debut at training camp on Friday morning, but he only saw action in individual drills. Friday morning's practice was an intense one, and this could be one reason why Johnson was held out of team drills. Johnson was throwing the ball well and he could be back in team drills by Monday when he expects to have his stitches removed.

When asked about his return to practice, Johnson said, "It's like James Brown says, 'I feel good!'"

3-MINUTE DRILLS: Tampa Bay practiced three-minute drills on Friday morning. The offense had no success against the Buccaneers' stellar defense. Tampa Bay's defense dominated all morning and did not allow one first down.

NOT A MIDGET AT ALL: CB Anthony Midget has been impressive in camp thus far really stood out in team drills today. Midget was playing with the second team and was relentless in his coverage.

WOUNDED WING: WR Frank Murphy made it through most of Friday morning's workout despite suffering a shoulder stinger and bruise from a collision with LB Marc Cerqua on Wednesday. Murphy's right arm was hung low through most of practice, and he finally took off the shoulder pads and iced it down for the last 15 minutes of the morning session.

BACK IN ACTION: Rookie G Russ Hochstein participated in individual and team drills Friday morning. Hochstein, was has been suffering from the injury bug (Jones' fracture and broken bone in hand) lately, but probably felt the need to come back to practice in order to try and secure a roster spot.

RB Rabih Abdullah was at Pepin-Rood today, but did not practice. Abdullah was visiting his mother who was ill.

P Jason Malecki fielded all of the punts on Friday morning. Malecki did well, but had one punt blocked and returned for a touchdown by TE Todd Yoder.


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