This time last year Jeff Garcia wondered if the end of his career was near. He was simply tired of the moving around after he left San Francisco. Now, he's a starting quarterback in Tampa Bay, and he told Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune that he feels rejuvenated. Meanwhile, Garcia's backup, Luke McCown, is preparing for his first game action — preseason or otherwise — in two years. He should be on the field quite a bit. NFL writer Ira Kaufman was in Georgia to find out exactly how GM Rich McKay and Falcons owner Arthur Black found out about Michael Vick's indictment. Hint: Apparently planes have fax machines now. And Chas Gessner, a favorite from last year's camp, tries to stay upbeat amid a. highly competitive camp at wide receiver.
Over at the St. Petersburg Times, find out how Phillip Buchanon became a defensive player (it was all a mistake really). It sheds new light on the Bucs' desire to use Buchanon as an offensive weapon this season. There's more on the Jake Plummer situation, as the Bucs apparently don't intend to share any money they recoup from Plummer with the Broncos even though Denver is named in the grievance. And head coach Jon Gruden has no qualms about his depth at tight end this season. in this story.
Mike Cobb of the Lakeland Ledger tackles the depth chart on the defensive line, where it seems anyone can play everywhere.
If Sammy Davis doesn't make the Bucs roster as a cornerback, he has a fall-back job — inventor. David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press highlights the Humble, Texas native's invention, the Hydration System.