Inside Bucs' Training Camp: Tuesday

July 30 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held its second day of training camp practices on Tuesday. Which Bucs players looked sharp? Which players didn't? Pewter Report has the highlights, in-depth observations and inside scoop from Tampa Bay's second day of training camp in this detailed report.


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Tuesday's training camp practices brought more heat and humidity. The Buccaneers took the field in shorts, jerseys and helmets for both practices.

There were several passes dropped by Tampa Bay's receivers during the second practice. Bucs wide receiver Frank Murphy had the highlight of the day for the offense when he caught a pass in the flat and cut across the field and sprinted down the sideline for a touchdown. Murphy showed tremendous acceleration and left two Buc defenders in the dust on his way to the end zone for the score.

Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson had a rough morning during 11-on-11 drills. Bucs starting free safety Dexter Jackson intercepted a pass from Johnson and strolled into the end zone for a touchdown while his defensive teammates cheered him on. Later, Johnson fumbled a snap from center, but the offense recovered.

Bucs QB Shaun King was inconsistent on Tuesday. His passes were either really on or really off during both practices.

Bucs rookie tight end Tracey Wistrom made a few nice catches. When the Bucs first drafted Wistrom, one could have assumed the seventh-round pick out of Nebraska would be a practice squad candidate at best this season. But after watching Wistrom in action, he has a legitimate shot to make the 53-man roster. Tampa Bay tight ends Ken Dilger and Marco Battaglia are locks to make the team. The Bucs likely will keep one more tight end, and it's going to be a tight race for the last spot. Bucs TE Todd Yoder is being pushed, but he also has been impressive in the passing game.

Tampa Bay's defense practiced interception return drills. This was a drill where one player took an interception and the other 10 players on the field sprinted downfield to block for him. If you didn't already appreciate Tampa Bay's defensive speed, you'd certainly appreciate it after watching this drill for a few minutes.

Tampa Bay safety Glenn Sumter intercepted a pass after it was tipped to him. The Bucs are high on the rookie out of Memphis, but with safeties Dexter Jackson, John Lynch, John Howell, Jermaine Phillips and David Gibson in front of him, Sumter might be a player the Bucs try to sneak onto the practice squad.

Bucs cornerback Corey Chamblin made several impressive plays during Tuesday's practices. Chamblin had impressive mini-camp workouts and he looks like he's picking up where he left off. Tampa Bay CB Brian Kelly has had two solid days in terms of pass coverage. He was in position to make an interception on Tuesday morning, but he couldn't haul in the ball for the interception.

Tampa Bay will hang up the shorts and put on the pads and pants on Wednesday morning. The timing seems perfect, especially after observing Tuesday afternoon's practice, which featured some collisions and hits by middle linebacker Nate Webster, Smith, among others.



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