Training Camp Thermometer 2.0

It's time to take the temperature at training camp. Who's driving up the mercury and who's watching their temperature cool down? Find out in the second edition of our camp feature, Training Camp Thermometer.

Mercury rising

QB Luke McCown: He received 40 percent of the reps in Tuesday's practice for a reason. He's looking better and better each day. He is not only throwing the ball well but he's also commanding the huddle and the players around him. Thirteen months removed from knee surgery, McCown is pushing for a roster spot when he was considered No. 4 at the start of camp.

WR Maurice Stovall: Every day in practice I see him do something that impresses me. That he stays late after every practice to take extra receiving repetitions impresses me more.

General manager Bruce Allen: I hate to say it, but Chris Simms validated just about everything Allen denied on Monday about the quarterback's sore arm. I just wish Allen had come out and said, "Hey, his arm's a little more sore than it should be, and we've scaled back his reps for a couple of days accordingly. We'll get him more reps when he's ready." Would have saved the story from becoming bigger than it did.

S Sabby Piscitelli: Every day he gets a little bit more attention. Every day he gets a little bit more assertive on the field. Every day he gets a little bit closer to cleaning someone's clock.

Mother Nature: She's canceled a special teams practice, moved two practices indoors and probably prompted the Bucs to cancel their Wednesday afternoon practice. Jon Gruden, creature of habit and preparation, is just hating this.

Mercury falling

Chris Simms: It's fine that he doesn't know what proprioception is. But his sore elbow is somewhere between season threatening and your typical camp soreness, and that's why we're interested. And that's why we're asking why he hasn't taken solid reps in three days.

Chas Gessner: Last year he was one of Gruden's camp darlings. Now he's forgotten. Untalented? No, not at all. He's just lost in the shuffle of one of the tightest wide receiving camp battles in the NFL.

Jamie Winborn: The linebacker is talented and can start just about anywhere else. Why he decided to come back and back up Derrick Brooks is beyond me. The extra playing time he got the last three days ended Tuesday when Brooks returned to team drills. It was all just a tease.

The trainers: No major injuries. Just some IVs, a little dehydration, one balky hammy and a sore arm. Wait. Maybe that's a good thing.

Daunte Culpepper: His chances of joining Tampa Bay are diminishing greatly as he worked out for the Oakland Raiders.

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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.


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