Bucs Training Camp Insider: Aug. 5

Get the inside scoop from Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp every day, with comments from head coach Jon Gruden and analysis on how camp performances are affecting position battles. Today we have updates on Joey Galloway, Warrick Dunn, Gaines Adams and Jerramy Stevens. Find out more inside.

Gaines Adams: Head coach Jon Gruden said on Monday that Adams closely resembles the player that finished the second half of last season with all six of his sacks. "He's a guy that can not only rush the passer and has speed to get around the corner, but he's also becoming a much more complete player." Gruden also said he's running the football at Adams more in 9-on-7 running drills in an effort to prepare the second-year player for the what he'll encounter in the regular season. The one knock on Adams out of college was his ability to defend the run. He's certainly retained the athleticism he had last year and appears stronger. We'll get a better idea on Saturday.

Warrick Dunn: Gruden said Dunn is "picking it up," in reference to the offense. Gruden has long lamented the loss of Dunn to his offense and is clearly happy to have him back. Dunn is seeing plenty of reps as a back and a receiver and is pretty slippery when it comes to finding the crease. Dunn likely won't play much on Saturday ‹ or this preseason, for that matter. But he's probably in line for 12-15 touches per game, at least, as I see it right now.

Jerramy Stevens: Gruden has praise for the tight end, saying that he looks as if he's running "effortlessly." What really caught Gruden's eye, he said, is Stevens' improved run blocking. Stevens has always has the all-catch, no-block tag. Gruden said the TE is making more of an effort to improve that this year. We'll see. If he does, he'll see more playing time ‹ and take some away from John Gilmore, a legitimate run-blocking tight end.

Joey Galloway: I think it's time to start officially worrying about the wide receiver. He hasn't practiced a bit in camp and each day, Gruden isn't optimistic on the WR's progress. Let's think back to 2004, when Galloway missed half the season with a torn groin. The Bucs have never revealed how serious Galloway's injury is. I'm not saying it's torn, so don't make that assumption. But, it's time to start considering the option that Galloway may not play until late August, at the earliest. Groins are tricky, and Galloway is too important to the offense to be on the shelf in September.


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