Afternoon Blitz: Camp Thermometer 3.0

It's the third edition of's Training Camp Temperature, where we gauge who's rising and who's falling at Buccaneers training camp.

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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 third edition of our camp feature, Training Camp Thermometer.

Mercury rising

QB Chris Simms: He's finally starting to throw again, and on Friday he showed some downfield zip on a long pass to Joey Galloway. He says he's not where he wants to be yet. But after nearly five days of relative inactivity, seeing his reps increase was a positive.

CB Phillip Buchanon: Sounds like the Bucs want Buchanon to embrace his inner Deion and catch some passes, along with playing nickel DB and returning punts. When's this guy going to have time to rest?

Simeon Rice: He's passed his physical by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, taken the Bucs to task for their own physical and should be signed by someone within a week or two. Perhaps Tennessee. Please, Tennessee. I need some stories that week when they play the Bucs.

DB coach Raheem Morris: Every time you talk to Ronde Barber or Brian Kelly it's clear they're happy he's back. Kelly started one sentence the other day by saying, "Not to take a shot at the guy (Greg Burns) last year…" Uh, Brian, I think you just did. And for that matter…

CB Brian Kelly: The turf toe is history, which is great for the Bucs because all the Bucs do is win when Brian Kelly starts.

Mercury falling

Michael Clayton: You never want to be mentioned in the same sentence as "drops" if you're a receiver. Clayton had a few during Thursday's wet practice. Jon Gruden wasn't in the mood for excuses about the wet weather, either.

Lionel Gates: He fumbled in the pile on Wednesday, prompting another quote from Gruden about ball possession. Gates is not in a position where he can fumble — at all.

Luke Petitgout: The Bucs express no concern over a player who has not worked out with the team in four days. All he's doing is light running. We now know he has a back strain and should be back on Saturday. But one must wonder if it will become a chronic problem.

The Buccaneers front office: They're making it awful hard to find out information on the simplest of injuries, leading to speculation among the media and fans. Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just be a bit more free with the information and avoid taking the constant P.R. hits they've taken so far this camp?

Mother Nature: The sun came out Friday. Take That!

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for 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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