Buccaneers Training Camp: Day 1

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the field at One Buc Place for the first practice of training camp on Saturday morning. We were there to follow everything on the field and filed this report full of key information, moments and performances.

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QB Luke McCown.

RB Carnell Williams

Over 2,500 Fans showed up to practice and were welcomed by players who signed plenty of autographs both before and after practice.

Players wore full pads for today's morning practice.

As announced yesterday, OG Arron Sears who did not show up for Training Camp and has been placed on the Reserve Did Not Report list due to a private matter.

The only player to miss today's practice was DT Greg Peterson who was unable to participate due to a knee injury.

The first player to step onto the practice field was QB Luke McCown. Coincidentally he also took the first snaps with the first team offense when they faced off against the defensive backups during 11-on-11 drills.

The infamous bungee cord drill returned from mini camp but did not last for long after Ernest Graham snapped the cord while attempting to bulldoze forward for some extra yards. This drew perhaps one of the largest cheers from the crowd for the day.

WRs Kelly Campbell and Brian Clark made some excellent catches during 7 on 7. Most notably, Clark made a fingertip grab of a perfect deep ball thrown by McCown.

CB Aqib Talib showed off his speed by reaching the quarterback nearly every time he was sent on a cornerback blitz and still appeared to be one of the most vocal players on the team.

Nothing seemed to excite the fans as much as when WR Michael Clayton reeled in a few receptions. His most impressive was a one-handed grab while streaking down the sidelines.

WR Dexter Jackson beat double coverage to make a beautiful catch thrown by QB Josh Freeman downfield to reach the end zone.

TE Jerramy Stevens showed off his toughness after catching a short pass from McCown and then proceeded to throw a defender off of him before taking the ball up field.

Freeman seemed to be a little nervous at times, but still made some impressive plays including a play action pass downfield to WR Antonio Bryant, who beat CB Ronde Barber to make the reception. Freeman and Bryant connected again a few plays later by beating CB Elbert Mack on the play.

Not to be outdone, QB Byron Leftwich threw a play action pass of his own while rolling out of the pocket to his right before launching the ball down field to Bryant, who made one of the nicest catches on the day while beating CB Kyle Arrington in the process.

Even though it is only the first day, it seemed like the Bucs were much more willing to throw the ball deep then in previous years.

RB Carnell Williams made a successful return to practice and looked smooth while making cuts and participating in drills.

Mack appeared to be the star of the morning practice. He had a few pass breakups and a picture-perfect leaping interception of a Leftwich pass. He brought the pick back for a score. Mack did an excellent job of catching the ball at its highest point.

The only player who suffered an injury was defensive end Louis Holmes, who was carted off the field after appearing to injure his left knee during 11-on-11 drills.

Fans expecting a kicking competition between Mike Nugent and Matt Bryant were in for a treat as both kickers were perfect for the day, each connecting on five attempts from at least 40 yards away.

This year there will be no cool down area for the Bucs. In previous camps, the team would head inside a makeshift trailer to cool down and simulate the halftime experience. Head coach Raheem Morris pointed out in his post practice press conference that the locker room is never that cold during games and that the team needs to embrace the heat, especially since every home game kicks off at 1 p.m.

In the post-practice press conference, Morris said that he had expectations for DE Gaines Adams to have double digit sacks this season.


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