Bucs Training Camp Notebook: Tuesday

August 6 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a padded practice on Tuesday morning. Pewter Report has compiled a notebook with news and notes from Tampa Bay's training camp.

Which Bucs quarterback looks the best in training camp? It's still early, but according to Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, nothing has changed in terms of the rotation.

"Right now, Brad Johnson is the starter and has been the most consistent," said Gruden. "Rob (Johnson) has been the most flashy and Shaun (King) has been doing well this week.

Gruden indicated all three quarterbacks would not be able to take the amount of reps they've taken for much longer. Once Gruden settles on a quarterback rotation, the backups will receive less reps.

"That's a hard position to get one guy ready to play, let alone three," Gruden said of the quarterback position.

Bucs wide receiver Keenan McCardell sprained his left knee during Monday morning's practice, but he doesn't plan on staying out of action for long.

"It kind of scared me yesterday," said McCardell. "It's feeling better to day. We're taking it one day at a time. I'm doing some rehab and receiving some treatment. I wasn't stiff this morning, so that's a good sign.

While it's still too early to tell whether McCardell will play in Tampa Bay's first preseason game against Miami on Aug. 12, he's hoping his rehab will allow him to see action against the Dolphins.

"I would love to (play against Miami)," said McCardell. "But it's not my call. It's the training staff's call. I am going to do what I can to get back out on the field."

John Madden made his ABC Monday Night Football debut last night when both he and Al Michaels called the Houston Texans-New York Giants game. Although most players thought it was strange, they think they can get used to Madden calling Monday Night Football games.

"I listened to it last night," said McCardell. I was telling Keyshawn (Johnson) and some other guys that it was just different hearing his voice on ABC instead of FOX, and back in my day, CBS. It was kind of hard to not hear him and Pat Summerall together. It was great. He's going to bring a lot to Monday Night Football."

Bucs running backs Michael Pittman (ankle) and Travis Stephens (hamstring) were limited in practice agains on Tuesday morning. Bucs WR E.G. Green also was held out of practice, but all three players are expected to return to action on Wednesday morning.

Bucs free safety John Howell has not returned to practice. He has been excused while he tends to a "personal matter".

Bucs defensive ends John Stamper and Marcus Jones didn't participate in practice. Both Stamper and Jones road stationary bikes during the morning practice.

Bucs Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp returned to practice after a one-day hiatus. He was nursing a swollen left knee.

Gruden was impressed with Sapp, who broke into the offensive backfield several times during the morning practice.

"Warren Sapp returned to practice today," said Gruden. "He was very disruptive -- he was vintage Warren Sapp today."

While Sapp had an impressive practice on Monday morning, he doesn't think he's quite 100 percent, yet.

"Give me two weeks," Sapp said after he was asked when he'd be 100 percent.

Bucs rookie linebacker Ryan Nece (6-foot-3, 224-pounds) has been very impressive in training camp. He's actually climbed in front of veteran LB Jack Golden as starting strongside linebacker Al Singleton's backup. Nece joined the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, but he according to his teammates, the son of Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott has played like a veteran.

"He's not Ronnie Lott's kid anymore," said Sapp. "When you play like that, you get your own name. He's 'Ryan Nece'. He's something special."

After a spirited morning practice in pads, the Buccaneers will hold a special teams practice during the afternoon. The special teams workout will be the Bucs' second exclusive special teams session of training camp.

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