Buccaneers Rookie Mini-Camp

When Jon Gruden was asked how many players in camp have a chance to make the team he said, "they all have a chance." Of course very few will actually be with the team on opening day, but the coaching staff is spending a great deal of time evaluating this group of hopefuls.

Michael Clayton, Marquis Cooper, and Casey Cramer led the squad in stretching exercises. Leadership is a quality hard to overlook in a short camp like this. It is much harder to jump out in front of your peers than it is to fall in line and do the drills. In a situation like this name recognition is huge because the coaches know your number more often than they know your name. Cooper and Clayton are not in this boat, but seventh round draft choice Casey Cramer surely helped himself out by assuming this role. Fabian Davis was the surprise of last year's work out at Disney's Wide World of Sports, but did not have his best performance this weekend. He had a severe case of the drops on Saturday. His off day opened the door for Terrance Metcalf to steal the show. Metcalf is trying out, but trying hard. He is out of South Carolina State, and used it to his advantage as he brushed off the Saturday heat. Metcalf was the biggest receiver in the mini-camp so he stood out before he even stepped on the field. His routes were crisp, and his effort level was high on every play. He definitely earned himself an invitation to Disney.

Running back Jermaine Green also looked impressive. His college career at Washington State did not give him a leg up on the heat, but he came to camp ready to play. He looked like the fastest player on the field and finished his runs with maximum effort despite the lack of pads. The Bucs are a little thin in the backfield so his emergence was a welcome sight.


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