Buccaneers afternoon camp report

How did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fare on Saturday afternoon at training camp? Find out here. Learn about the Bucs' new digs, which players didn't practice in the afternoon and which receivers shined. Also, who's sporting the latest hairstyle, who made the best catch of the day and who's having snap issues? Get the scoop right here live from training camp.

Tentatorium time: At one point early in Saturday afternoon's practice the field thermometer read 108 degrees. The temperature cooled down after clouds and nearby storms moved into the area. But the Buccaneers took advantage of their new tent facility halfway through practice.

The indoor tent isn't big enough for punts and field goals, but the Bucs could do some passing inside. It's air-conditioned and features a hard rubberized floor called Safedeck, so players probably won't do much running.

The tent has a 30-yard field inside and is large enough to hold your standard wedding reception, banquet or bar mitzvah.

The media only got a taste. After 15 minutes, we were ushered out. Still, the facility will allow the Bucs to continue practice during inclement weather without moving to a nearby hotel ballroom.

No-shows: The Bucs have already started their one-a-days for key veterans. LB Derrick Brooks, CB Ronde Barber, TE Jerramy Stevens and LB Cato June skipped part or all of the workout. Brooks returned for the indoor portion. WR Joey Galloway did not work out either due to a slight groin issue.

Snap to it: QB Brian Griese was the recipient of two bad snaps on Saturday. First, starting C Jeff Faine and Griese mishandled an exchange under center. Then Griese had a shotgun snap sail over his head. I was unsure if it was Dan Buenning or Jeremy Zuttah. Those are the things that drive head coach Jon Gruden nuts.

Hairy situation: Two Bucs — T Jeremy Trueblood and LB Adam Hayward — are sporting mohawks during camp. Apparently DE Kevin Carter had one as well before he shaved it off.

Bang-bang play: DE Gaines Adams showed off his speed in a nine-on-nine drill, blowing past a tight end. On a normal Sunday he would have planted QB Luke McCown into the ground. But what happened next made for the most exciting play of the day.

McCown hit WR Chad Lucas on a crossing route, with CB Eugene Wilson following behind. Wilson used his hand to punch the ball out of Lucas' hand. But Lucas hung onto the football, bobbling it several times before gathering it and running down the field. It's those kinds of plays that coaches notice on film.

As for Adams, he looks great. His healthier diet and redistribution of his weight has him looking more fit and more energetic in camp. He has the potential to make a Mario Williams-style leap this year.

Breaking up is easy to do: A couple of solid pass breakups to report. S Sabby Piscitelli took care of a pass to WR Paris Warren on the opposite sideline. Later, LB Matt McCoy intercepted a pass in the middle of the field. Piscitelli likely has a spot on this team. McCoy, on the other hand, is fighting for a job.

Miscellaneous: FB B.J. Askew dropped an easy pass in the flat. … WR Cortez Hankton made a great catch falling to the ground on the sideline after CB Phillip Buchanon pushed him from behind. … RBs Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett turned on the jets on outside runs on Saturday. Dunn looked especially shifty and made more than a few defenders miss on cut back runs. … WR Maurice Stovall made a stop in the training room between the outdoor and tent workouts. It was unclear if he returned to practice.


Matthew Postins is the editor and publisher of Bucsblitz.com.


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