Buccaneers afternoon camp report: July 27

How did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fare on Sunday afternoon at training camp? Find out here. Learn which players skipped part of the workout, which defensive player nearly chased QB Luke McCown down and which rookie made his first big play. Get the scoop right here live from training camp.

Hot, hot, hot: Practice time temperature was 105 degrees, according to the field thermometer. The Bucs were scheduled to go into the tent anyway midway through the workout, and the players surely welcomed it when it came.

No-shows: WR Joey Galloway, DE Kevin Carter, LB Derrick Brooks, LB Cato June, CB Ronde Barber, TE Jerramy Stevens, WR Ike Hilliard and RB Warrick Dunn all skipped the outdoor portion of the workout.

Chasing down Luke: DT Jovan Haye had one of the better defensive plays of the afternoon, bursting through the line to flush QB Luke McCown out of the pocket and toward the sideline. Haye seems to be playing with the same motor he did last year. The Bucs are doing a lot of switching between Haye and DT Chris Hovan during defensive sets so far in camp. Perhaps they see the pair as interchangeable. Haye is playing on a $2 million deal and is playing like a man who wants more next season.

Speaking of McCown: DE Greg White would have sacked McCown on a rollout play early in the workout. Again, it was a case of McCown holding the ball too long as he waited for his tight end to run his route. In a game, McCown has to get rid of that football sooner.

Getting the pick: Head coach Jon Gruden praised first-round pick CB Aqib Talib for his workout in the morning. In the afternoon he gave Gruden more to talk about.

Talib cut off a pass from QB Brian Griese to WR Antonio Bryant for his first interception of camp. Talib's physical play paid off, as he changed direction quickly and wedged himself between Bryant and the ball. Great heads up play by the rookie.

Best catch: QB Chris Simms lasered in a pass to WR Paris Warren that should have been picked off by LB Barrett Ruud. Simms threw the ball before Warren came out of his break and as Ruud had great coverage. But Warren made a nifty outside move to clear some space and Simms threw a perfectly-timed pass. Ruud never had a chance.

Miscellaneous: DB Phillip Buchanon had a pass breakup in the flat against WR Cortez Hankton. Hankton, thus far, has done little to separate himself from the pack of receivers vying for what few roster spots exits.


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