SCARE FOR DAUTAE': The major injury of the day was rookie tight end Dauntae' Finger. Early in the individual portion of practice No. 82 seemed lethargic and was taken to the locker room on the golf cart. A short time later fire rescue arrived at the University of Tampa and transported the University of North Carolina alumnus to St. Joseph Hospital. He was complaining of dizziness and, when the doctor checked his vital signs, had an irregular heartbeat. Medical personnel started a battery of tests and all were negative. He will be kept overnight and more tests will be run in the morning. If all is well then he will rejoin the team on Tuesday.
MORE MINOR INJURIES: The list of Buccaneers starters out continued to grow. Wide receiver Jacquez Green, quarterback Shawn King, cornerback Dwight Smith and linebacker Jamie Duncan all were kept out of the afternoon workout for various minor ailments.
QUARTERBACKS STRUGGLE: The quarterbacks are continuing to struggle in large group activities. Brad Johnson, Ryan Leaf and Joe Hamilton all look good in individual and perimeter (7-on-7) drills. When they move on to team period the offense is having trouble getting all eleven players on the same page but that can be expected. As the quarterbacks become more familiar with the veteran receivers and the young wide receivers become more comfortable with the offensive scheme of offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen then the offense will improve. Right now it's improving but taking baby steps.
HERO AND GOAT: Wide receiver Frank Murphy was the hero and goat this afternoon. During perimeter Johnson threw the ball in his direction on a seam route and No. 87 never looked for the football. This resulted in a gift interception by cornerback Ronde Barber. On the very next series Murphy scored on a 55-yard touchdown bomb from Johnson on a streak pattern down the sideline against cornerback Anthony Midget.
D-E-F-E-N-S-E: The defense continues to look good and there will be some good players that the Pewter Pirates have to release especially on the defensive line and defensive backfield. Competition is extremely keen at both areas and look for that to continue throughout training camp.
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