The most popular drill of the day was a ball security drill, otherwise known as the bungee cord drill. Here, a player would hold the football with a bungee cord attached to it and the other end tied to the bottom of the goalpost. The players would run with the ball and attempt to touch certain cones while fighting the resistance of being pulled backward.
Newly-acquired running back Derrick Ward shined in this drill, showing off the strength and brute force he uses to run over linebackers. WR Kelly Campbell worked alongside the running backs and continued to earn praise from the coaching staff for his determination and hard work.
As soon as the horn sounded, a new group a players attacked the drill. This time it was the quarterbacks, followed by the wide receivers. This obviously caught the head coach's attention as Raheem Morris sprinted over to check out the competitors. The strongest of the group seemed to be TE Jerramy Stevens, who appeared to not mind the resistance one bit.
As the drill went on, Morris started to complain that the players were losing their form after QB Byron Leftwich fumbled the ball while attempting to run.
Of the wide receivers, Maurice Stovall and Michael Clayton looked the most impressive. Clayton stood out as a leader of the group by shouting encouragement to other players after he was the first wide receiver to participate in the drill. Stovall looked very strong and kept the intensity up. WR Antonio Bryant did exactly what coaches expected of him, earning the nickname "pit bull" from Morris in the process.
While the quarterbacks worked alone, it was fairly easy to tell that it was a two-horse race between Leftwich and Luke McCown. First round draft pick Josh Freeman looked solid but still a little raw, which is expected. Josh Johnson appears to becoming more familiar with the playbook, but still struggled a bit with his accuracy.
McCown was the most impressive of the group, while Leftwich threw the ball well but never looked entirely comfortable in the pocket when facing a rush.
Tyler Frazier covers the Buccaneers for Bucsblitz.com.