Buccaneers Camp Stock Watch, Vol. 1

Bucsblitz.com will take you deep inside Buccaneers training camp every day, with analysis of key team news, player competitions and injuries. Today see which players' stocks are rising, falling and holding steady as training camp hits the one-week mark.

RISING

Antonio Bryant: He finally talked to the media on Monday and admitted that he's misunderstood as a person. All the Bucs care about right now is what Bryant's doing on the field, and he's impressed just about everyone. The absence of Joey Galloway has allowed him more reps and he's taken advantage, to the point where he's now a solid competitor for the No. 3 wide receiver spot with Michael Clayton.

Donald Penn: The left tackle shows no slump from last year's improved play so far. In fact, he's getting all of the first-team reps at left tackle until Luke Petitgout returns (and that timetable is still unclear). Penn has played with a great physical presence in camp and is giving little ground to players like Gaines Adams and Jimmy Wilkerson. Petitgout may return to find that he no longer has a starting job.

Eugene Wilson: Most NFL observers knew the former safety could hit. What was unclear was whether he could cover like a corner after several years with the Patriots. No problem. I watched Wilson break up two passes in one session last week, and both times it was because Wilson got superior position on the receiver. He's gone from challenging for the No. 3 cornerback job to gently pushing Phillip Buchanon at No. 2. But Wilson is going to play a lot this season.

Quincy Black: The only way Black will ever start a game at strong-side linebacker this season is if Cato June gets hurt. But everyone agrees Black has made serious strides with the playbook and his instincts from last year to this year. The kid is lightning quick and will made a serious impact on special teams. He's also solidifying himself for a key role when Derrick Brooks retires and June (most likely) moves to the weak side.

STEADY

Michael Clayton: You have to promise yourself not to get excited because we've seen this before out of Clayton. He always seems to follow an exceptional camp with a hum-drum season. But this is his contract year and he's working hard to break the curse. Still, I'll list him as steady until he shows he can take that training camp success and apply it on the field. He is, so far, having a very good camp.

Warrick Dunn: He's doing exactly what most expected — taking handoffs with the second-team offense and catching passes out of the backfield. He seems almost slippery as he cuts and bursts through traffic. But we're so used to seeing that it almost seems strange to say Dunn is rising. So let's say he's holding steady.

Greg White : He signed the one-year tender and reported to camp only one day late (he didn't miss a workout). In return he's played with the same motor and instinct with which he displayed last season. His legs are fresher, too, as he didn't play Arena Football in the offseason, like last year.

Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks : They only work out once a day, but that's all they need. Steady as metronomes, these two.

FALLING

Joey Galloway: I'm not sure if it's time to start worrying about Galloway's groin yet. But if he hasn't played by the first preseason game next Saturday, start the candlelit vigil.

Greg Peterson: I've heard very little about the second-year defensive tackle in training camp so far. That's not a good sign when the Bucs are talking about veteran Ryan Sims and rookie Dre Moore, the two guys who could put you out of a job.

Torrie Cox: His season is over, thanks to his knee. His career as a Buc could be over, too.

Paris Warren: I loved the guy last season, but I'm not seeing the same burst and acceleration in this training camp. Plus, those two costly drops the first few days of camp didn't help.

Matthew Postins is the publisher of saintsinsider.com.


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